Máximo Frangópulos Rivera



Dr. Frangópolus is a researcher at the Universidad de Magallanes (UMAG).

B.Sc., mention in Biology, University of Magallanes, earned his PhD. in Biology at the University of Vigo, Spain. He did his postdoc at the zooplankton laboratory in the Department of Ecology and Animal Biology at the same university.

In 2003, the newspaper, El Mercurio, included Dr. Frangópolus in the “100 leaders that are changing Chile”. He is currently working on research in biological oceanography, with a focus on the ecology and autoecology of species that produce harmful algal blooms (HABs, or red tide), studying the role global changes have played in increased occurrences of HABs at the local level.


  1. Reid, K.L. Hernández, M. Frangópulos, G. Bauer, M. Lorca, C. Kilroy, S. Spaulding. The invasion of the freshwater diatom Didymosphenia geminata in Patagonia: prospects, strategies, and implications for biosecurity of invasive species in continental waters. Conservation letters 5(6): 432-440. 2012.

Frangópulos M., Spyrakos, E. & Guisande, C. Ingestion and clearance rates of the red Noctiluca scintillans fed on the toxic dinoflagellate Alexandrium minutum (Halim). Harmful Algae (10):304-309. 2011

Guisande C, Frangópulos M, Carotenuto, Y, Maneiro I, Riveiro I & Vergara, AR. Fate of paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins ingested by the copepod Acartia clausi. Marine Ecology Progress Series 240:105-115. 2002.

Guisande C., Frangópulos M, Maneiro I, Vergara AR & Riveiro I. Ecological advantages of toxin production by the dinoflagellate Alexandrium minutum under phosphorus limitation. Marine Ecology Progress Series 225: 169-176. 2002.

Frangópulos, Guisande, C., Maneiro, I., Riveiro, I. & Franco, J. Short-term and long term effects of the toxic dinoflagellate Alexandrium minutum on the copepod Acartia clausi. Marine Ecology Progress Series 203: 161-169. 2000.