Dr. Rodrigo Arriagada, Assistant Professor at the Department of Agricultural Economics, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, since 2010. In 2008, he obtained a PhD in Environmental and Resource Economics at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA. His research fields include the impact evaluation of conservation policies, modelling of land use change, economics of ecosystem services and the study of the intersection between environment and development. Professor Arriagada teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in natural resource economics, microeconomic analysis and impact evaluation of environmental policies.
Dr. Gustavo Blanco, Assistant Professor and Researcher at the Institute of History and Social Sciences of the Universidad Austral of Chile. He holds a PhD in Development Sociology by the Wageningen University and a Master of Arts in Social Studies of Science and Technology by Roskilde University and the University of the Basque Country. Currently, he leads the research program “The Sociology of Climate Change” and is Research Associate of the Working Group on Global Environmental Change, Climate Change, Social Movements and Public Policy of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO) and Adjunct Researcher at the Chilean Center for Climate and Resilience Research (CR)2.
Dra. Laura Nahuelhual is a Professor at the Department of Agricultural Economics at Universidad Austral de Chile. She is the Chilean coordinator of the CYTED Network (2013-2017) “Vulnerability, Ecosystem Services and Land Use Planning (VESPLAN)” aimed to the exchange and discussion of experiences on integrated assessment of ecosystem services targeted as relevant to 8 country member. Currently she’s a member of the team in charge of implementing the Agricultural and Forestry Policy for the Los Lagos Region in southern Chile and principal investigator of the FONDAP Center Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems in High Latitudes (IDEAL).
Dra. Anahí Urquiza is an Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology at the University of Chile. She ist a Social Anthropology and Master in Anthropology and Development from the University of Chile. She has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Munich, Germany (Ludwig Maximilian Universität München). Anahí worked at the University of Chile since 2006, participating in research, teaching, and academic administration. Her areas of interest include global problems of twenty-first century society such as aging, social exclusion and environmental issues. Her doctoral dissertation addressed social vulnerability to climate change through a study of the water management model in Chile.
Dr. Paulo Herrera is an Assistant Professor at Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences of the Universidad de Chile. He obtained a Ph.D. in Geological Engineering from the University of British Columbia and a M.Sc. in Environmental Hydraulics and Hydrology Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was hired as faculty as part of a joint program between the Geology, Geophysics and Civil Engineering departments of the University of Chile. Since 2011, he is also an Associate Researcher of the Andean Geothermal Centre of Excellence (CEGA). Dr. Herrera is an expert on the study of fluid flow and transport processes in permeable media. Prior to joining the U. de Chile he worked as researcher and engineer in Chile, USA, Canada and Norway. He has participated in research projects on topics related to flow and contaminant transport in aquifers, flow in the unsaturated zone, geothermal energy and geological CO2 storage. He teaches courses on Groundwater Hydraulics, Transport Processes in Aquatic Systems and Numerical Modeling with Applications in Hydraulics & Environmental Engineering. His participation in the CR2 is within the group of Climate Dynamics, where he contributes on the understanding on the coupling mechanisms between surface water and aquifers.
Dr. Rodrigo Villa obtuvo su Doctorado en Ecología y Biología Evolutiva y su Master en Ciencias Biológicas mención Botánica en la Universidad de Chile. Es profesor de estado en Biología y Ciencias Naturales, y Licenciado en Biología de la Universidad de Talca. Se ha desempeñado como investigador de la línea de Paleoecología en el Centro de Estudios del Cuaternario de Fuego – Patagonia (CEQUA) de Punta Arenas. En 2012 se integró como investigador afiliado al Instituto Milenio de Ecología y Biodiversidad (IEB). Sus temas de investigación son el estudio del viento de la última terminación glacial en la Patagonia, más la historia vegetacional y climática post glacial de los ecosistemas de la Patagonia, entre otros.
Dr. Mauricio Zambrano is Associate Professor at the Dept. of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Sciences, University of La Frontera, Chile. He is a Civil Engineer with a PhD in Environmental Engineering of the University of Trento, Italy. Dr. Zambrano has more than 15 years of experience in water resources, especially in development, implementation and assessment of hydrological models.
Dr. Italo Masotti is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Marine Science and Natural Resources (FACIMAR) at Universidad de Valparaíso (UV), since 2013. Marine Biologist from the UV, in 2007 got a PhD in Biological Oceanography at Université Pierre et Marie CURIE, Paris, France. During his PhD studied the impacts of the N2-fixing cyanobacteria blooms on the productivity and the CO2 pumping in oligotrophic waters at the Southwest Pacific. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher for the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, 2007 – 2012, Paris) in different projects; he studied the impacts of the El Niño and La Niña events on the distribution and dominance of the phytoplankton functional groups (PFG) in the Pacific ocean using innovative satellite algorithms and simulations from biogeochemical models, he worked in the validation of the predictive climate simulation models for the European Programme for Research and Technological Development, and also in the implementation of the coastal satellite algorithms to detect PFG in coastal waters. In the last years he worked in the improvement of the NEMO-PISCES marine biogeochemistry model to study the dimethylsufide (DMS) dynamic at regional and global scales. He is currently also studying the spatial and temporal variability of phytoplankton composition and the consequences on the productivity in the Humboldt Current System (PHYTOHUMBOLDT project, 2013-2016, PAI-CONICYT).
Dra. Beatriz Diez (PUC) is an assistant professor at the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology (P. Universidad Católica de Chile, PUC) since 2010. She got a PhD in Biology at Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB), Institute of Marine Science (CMIMA-CSIC in Barcelona, Spain) in 2001 working on diversity and distribution of picoeukaryotes in the marine environments. She worked as a postdoctoral (funded by Swedish Research Council) at the Botany Department, Stockholm University (Sweden), under the guidance of Prof. Birgitta Bergman between 2002 and 2005, studying the “Diversity and phylogeny, activity and ecological significance of nitrogen‐fixer cyanobacteria in marine systems”. She stays in Sweden as a senior scientist at the same institution between 2006 and 2008. From 2008-2010 she got a post-doctoral position at CMIMA-CSIC in Barcelona (Spain), where she begun studies on microbial ecology of extreme systems. In 2010, she got an assistant professor position at PUC. Since then her research group works in resolving fundamental questions in Microbial Ecology and Environmental Microbiology using “diazotrophs”, N2 fixing organisms, and in particular cyanobacteria as a system model. She has got an extensive international collaboration leading to various publications in peer-reviewed journals. She is also PI for the project “DIAZOPOLARSEA: Marine diazotrophy in the Southern Ocean” (2011-2014; INACH T15_10). At the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology (PUC), she teaches courses on environmental microbiology and biotechnology, marine biology and microbiology of extreme systems. She is guiding several master and doctoral thesis at P. Universidad Católica de Chile.
Dra. Eugenia Gayo. Biologist from the Universidad de Concepción. She holds a Master of Science in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology by the Universidad de Chile (2004) and a PhD in Biological Sciences-Ecology by the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2012). Her research line is focused on determining the direction, causes and impacts of hydroclimate anomalies that have occurred along arid regions of Chile over the last 18.000 years. These reconstructions are based on macro and microfossils analyses, modern analog studies, radiocarbon dating and analyses of stable isotope composition of organic-rich deposits. Her recent projects assess the sensibility of prehispanic populations from the western Andean slope to bioproductivity fluctuations during the past 14,000 years, triggered by changes in the Tropical Pacific (alike to El Niño-Southern Oscillation –ENSO- variability).
Dr. Mauricio Galleguillos is research assistant of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resources of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Chile. He is Agricultural Engineering from University of Chile and in 2010 he obtained the Ph.D in Agricultural Sciences specialty Inland Water and Society in Montpellier Supagro, France. Currently his main area of research concerns the study of spatial issues in natural and cultivated landscapes. Among these, the structural and functional properties of ecosystems are highlighted. The use of remote sensing alongside with empirical and mechanistic modeling approaches, represent the main tools to investigate various topics including land cover, crop yields, forest biomass, soil properties, biodiversity and surface hydrology.
Dr. Carlos Jara, is a biologist and a professor of Biology and Science, University of Chile; Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Science, mention Zoology, University of Concepción. Nowadays, he is a professor of the Institute of Zoology, University Austral of Chile. Dr. Jara has a vast experience in zoology and ecology of marine invertebrates. Taxonomic research of inland water crabs of the genus Aegla has marked his career as a researcher and zoologist.
Christian Little is Forestal Engineer, PhD and Magister in Forestal Sciencies of Austral University. Vice-Presesident of FORECOS (Fundación Centro de los Bosques Nativos) foundation dedicated to promotion of ecosystem services of native forests in Chile. He was director and researcher in projects to investigate development associated with the work of the forestry sector, interacting with the Forest Industry, NGOs and Government Institutions related to the environment . He has worked on issues related to forestry in native forest , forest hydrology, ecosystem services and ecological restoration. His scientific work, mostly, has been developed in ecosystems of south-central Chile. Currently, he is in charge of the area Forest and Water of the National Forestry Institute (INFOR).
MODELING AND OBSERVING SYSTEMS
Dr. Pablo Saide, is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER) at the University of Iowa, USA, he is also an adviser for the Chilean Ministry of Environment and an Adjunt Researcher the Center for Climate and Resilience Research (CR)2 at the University of Chile. He is a mechanical engineering and has a master in mechanical engineering sciences at the University of Chile, and has PhD degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa. His field of study is atmospheric sciences and chemistry, with a particular focus on regional weather and chemical transport modeling, aerosol-cloud-radiation interactions, satellite remote sensing and data assimilation.