OUR TEAM

MANAGEMENT

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Dr. Carolina J. Zagal
Founder & President
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Marine Biologist (Universidad Austral de Chile), Teacher, Doctor in Experimental Ecology (University of Sydney), Master in Education (Science and Languages; University of Tasmania, Australia), Collaborator of the UACh and Marine Educator of Oceanosfera. After more than 20 years working in universities, environmental organizations and schools in Chile and Australia, she decided to resign, to realize one of her dreams: combine her love for the ocean and environmental education in the foundation of Oceanosfera. Carolina has developed more than 30 marine environmental education resources. Her best-known publications are the books "Guide to Marine Invertebrates of Valdivia" (2001) and "Guide to Marine Invertebrates of Southern Chile" (2007). These are the first detailed marine fauna recognition books for Chile and the first to be published by women. Carolina is also author of: "Marine Fauna of Southern Chile" (2019), "101 Threatened and Protected Marine Animals of Southern Chile" (2020), "Marine Mammals of Southern Chile" (2020), "Sharks, Rays and Chimaeras of southern Chile" (2021), "Flora and Fauna of the Valdivian Coastal Reserve" (2022) and "ZOOM OFF: Marine Animals" (2021), the first children's book with underwater photographs of Chile.

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Mg. Carla Christie R-M.
Director of Resources & Public Relations
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Marine Biologist (Universidad Austral de Chile), Master in Science Communication (University of Otago, New Zealand), PhD Student in Communication (Universidad de la Frontera and Universidad Austral de Chile). Carla worked as Outreach Coordinator of the Faculty of Sciences of the UACh for 6 years. She is a well-known science and outreach communicator. Her most recent appearance was for the CNN Series "Patagonia: Life on the Edge of the World". Carla's career has been recognized by being selected in the leadership program "Hidden No More: Empowering Women Leaders in STEM" (2017), and as one of the "50 Young Leaders" of the Los Lagos Region (2014) and "100 Young leaders ”from Chile (2013). She is the author of the popular book "El Delfín Chileno" (2015, 2nd Edition 2019) and is the first woman and Marine Biologist to publish an informative and cetacean identification book in Chile. She has recently co-authored Oeanosfera's field guide: "Marine Fauna of Southern Chile" (2019). She was also in charge of outreach and media communication for the project "ZOOM OFF: Marine Animals" (2021), the first children's book with underwater photographs of Chile with complementary educational material. 

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Consuelo Hermosilla C.
Communications & Social Media Manager
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Marine Biologist (Universidad Austral de Chile), owner and creator of  Vegania Slowfood company. Co-author of the well-known books "Guide to Marine Invertebrates of Valdivia" (2001) and "Guide to Marine Invertebrates of Southern Chile" (2nd Edition 2007). These are the first detailed marine fauna recognition books for Chile and the first to be published by women. Consuelo is also co-author of the field guide: "Marine Fauna of Southern Chile" (2019) and the poster "Sharks, Rays and Chimaeras of Southern Chile" (2021), edited by Oceanosfera. She was also the communications and social media assistant for the project "ZOOM OFF: Marine Animals" (2021), the first children's book with underwater photographs of Chile with complementary educational material. 

COLLABORATORS

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Isabel Guerrero S.
Designer
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Bachelor of Art (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), Masters in Communication student (Universidad Austral de Chile), Diploma in Administration and Management for Foundations and Corporations (Universidad Andrés Bello), General Director of the publishing house and producer Trafun Ediciones, Board Member of Alerce NGO. She has more than 12 years of experience in illustration, publishing, scientific photography, graphic design, education, arts, heritage and science communication. Among her best known works are the design of the guide "Marine Fauna of southern Chile" (2019), the book "After the Giants at the End of the World" (2016) and the educational board game "GeoExplora tu Región. Aysén Region ”(2017). Isabel has recently designed four of Oceanosfera's field guides "Marine Fauna of Southern Chile" (2019), "101 Threatened and Protected Marine Animals of Southern Chile" (2020), "Marine Mammals of Southern Chile" (2020) and "Sharks, Rays and Chimaeras of Southern Chile" (2021).

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Dr. Mauricio Cubillos
Marine Invertebrate Specialist
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Jorge Ruiz T.
Illustrator & Ornithologist
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Veterinarian (Austral University of Chile), technical manager of Austral-AVEX (UACh), Quempillén Experimental Station, Chiloé and technician in charge of the Bird Ecology Lab, of the Institute of Marine and Limnological Sciences, UACh. He has produced drawings and illustrations for over 30 years. His wildlife illustrations are known in Chile and abroad, with the completion of more than 13 books on Chilean fauna and conservation. Some of his most popular books are: "Birds of Chile - Its Oceanic Islands and Antarctic Peninsula" (2016), "Birds of the Forests of southern Chile" (2016) and "Field Guide to the Birds and Marine Mammals of Southern Chile ”(2010). Jorge has recently illustrated three of Oceanosfera's field guides: "101 Threatened and Protected Marine Animals of Southern Chile" (2020), "Marine Mammals of Southern Chile" (2020). and "Sharks, Rays and Chimaeras of Southern Chile" (2021).

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Dr. Francisco Viddi
Marine Ecologist
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Marine Biologist (Universidad Austral de Chile), Doctor in Marine Sciences (University of Otago, New Zealand), Professor at the Institute of Marine and Limnological Sciences (ICML) and current Director of the Coastal Laboratory of Aquatic Resources of Calfuco at the Universidad Austral de Chile . For the past 18 years he has investigated the reproduction, development and physiological responses of marine invertebrates to environmental stress. He has collaborated in the communication and dissemination of science and education between the university and regional communities.

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Daniela Mardones
Marine Biologist
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Marine Biologist (Universidad Austral de Chile), Master's student in Education, Environmental Education (Universidad de la Frontera), Board Member of Alerce NGO. Shee is currently working as a Research Assistant in a project on the physiological responses of anemones to environmental stress. Daniela has collaborated in the realization of environmental educational activities and the development of marine educational resources.

Marine Biologist (Universidad Austral de Chile), Doctor in Environmental Sciences (Macquire University, Australia), Associate Researcher at the Institute of Marine and Limnological Sciences (ICML), UACh, Vice-President and Co-founder of the Blue Whale Center (CBA). For the last 18 years he has worked in marine ecology and conservation, mainly in marine mammal ecology (animal distribution and behavior, impacts and conservation). He has participated in several projects where science is applied to conservation along the Chilean coast, Antarctica and Australia.

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Nicolas Muñoz
Marine Biologist & Photographer
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Marine Biologist (Universidad Austral de Chile), member of Centro Ballena Azul (CBA). Known for his work in underwater photography and filming, especially for his beautiful records in southern Chile and Patagonia. His most recent audiovisual material is part of the documentary series "Más Allá de las Olas" produced by La Nube Cinema and which is currently in the post-production stage. Nicolas has contributed with photographs for Oceanosfera's field guide "Marine Fauna of Southern Chile" (2019).

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Alejandro Riedemann Hall
Marine Biologist & Photographer

Marine Biologist (Universidad Austral de Chile), works at the Fisheries and Aquaculture Subsecretary (SUBPESCA), in the regions of La Araucanía and Los Ríos. Photographer of the well-known books "Guide to Marine Invertebrates of Valdivia" (2001) and "Guide to Marine Invertebrates of Southern Chile" (2nd Edition 2007). These guides are the first marine fauna recognition books that exist for Chile since 1976, when Juan Carlos Castilla published the "Guide to Observe the Coast" in a more general format. Alejandro has contributed with photographs for Oceanosfera's field guide "Marine Fauna of Southern Chile" (2019).

COLLABORATIVE NETWORKS

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The Faculty of Sciences of the Universidad Austral de Chile and the Coastal Laboratory of Aquatic Resources of Calfuco, are located in the privileged environment of Valdivia. Its mission, as established in its Strategic Development Plan, is: “to create, transfer and apply knowledge, promote the development of science in students, in the local, national and international community and train people with critical and creative thinking to respond to the challenges of the environment where they operate and contribute to sustainable development ”.

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ONG Alerce, is a non-profit environmental organization made up of a group of professionals specialized in science and education. Its mission is to solve environmental problems by enhancing the country's natural heritage. For this they seek to develop projects that involve different social actors, which allow them to contribute towards environmental awareness. In addition, offer concrete tools to promote appreciation and respect for our natural environment. This, through environmental education, training with technological tools and the development of simple applications in favor of sustainability.

The Center for Dynamic Research on High Latitude Marine Ecosystems (IDEAL) is a multidisciplinary center that was created to respond to the challenges of global changes in southern seas. Its main objective is to measure and understand the impacts of environmental stressors, caused by global change, on the productivity of marine ecosystems in Antarctic and Subantarctic regions, and their implications for societies that depend on them.

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The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive. Founded in the U.S. through grassroots action in 1951, its mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. TNC's Vision: A world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives. TNC works with 16 countries in Latin America, including Chile, to help protect one of the world’s most biodiverse region.