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My main research interests are to study aquatic microorganisms, from marine and wetlands including coastal and high altitude, and to determine microbial role in biogeochemical cycles, mainly in nitrogen recycling.
The SARS-CoV-2 virus responsible for the COVID-19 disease has been experimentally and empirically demonstrated to transmit across species. Because this virus can persist in the urine and feces of infected individuals, its release into marine ecosystems through the discharge of untreated municipal wastewater in coastal cities may also put marine wildlife at risk. In order to empirically address such risk, we have implemented a national monitoring network, called The Marine Fauna SARS-CoV-2 network (MAFASA).
To study the mechanisms of microbial diversification in aquatic ecosystems of northern Chile using an array of advanced molecular and genetic techniques in order to understand the role of specific mechanisms of diversification linked with extreme environmental conditions.
https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/7112/marine-microbiome-and-biogeochemical-cycles-in-marine-productive-areas This Research Topic is devoted to gather research from different disciplines tackling the complexity of marine productive areas and aims to untangle the interactions between planktonic communities. The above does not exclude the submission of traditional-approached research, that can give new insights into coastal marine environments.