Line of research
The Antarctic Circumpolar Current and extreme environmental conditions have represented an effective barrier to isolate the biota of different regions of the Southern Ocean. However, Antarctica is no longer a physically isolated continent and the colonization of exotic species on its coasts is one of the central issues of current scientific research. Phenomena such as the displacement and arrival of species to this continent are exacerbated by climate change and the increase in human presence. Potential colonization, such as toxin-producing algae, new competitors or new predators, could generate drastic ecological changes in the Antarctic ecosystem, including the loss of biodiversity of native species.
Through the use of molecular tools and physiological studies, this line of research focuses on answering critical questions about bioinvasions: What are the physiological barriers to the colonization of Antarctica? And how will the new climate change scenarios determine the frequency and impact of bioinvasions on the Antarctic ecosystem?
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Research group / Bioinvasions and endemism
New protein discovery reveals evolutionary history of aging-associated gene family
An investigation published in the scientific journal Molecular Biology and Evolution determined the past of sirtuin, present in ancestors of marine vertebrates that existed more than 600 million years ago. Sirtuins are a family of proteins that play an important role...
Special volume of the first binational oceanographic campaign between Chile and Argentina is published
The initiative will release a series of scientific studies on the state of the Beagle Channel and the influence of climate change on it. In November 2019, the first binational oceanographic campaign between Chile and Argentina was carried out in the Beagle Channel, a...
World ranking highlights four researchers from the IDEAL Center
The professionals were recognized for their publications related to the natural sciences and their impact on the international scientific community. The Research.com website, a leading academic research portal, has recently published its second annual ranking of the...