Laboratory Members

 

Lab. Director:

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Hugo A. Benítez 

In his role as Laboratory Director, Dr. Benítez has worked mainly on studying the morphological variation of organisms and how this integrated into diverse biological questions, using morphometric tools in Ecology, Evolution and Systematics.  See here:

 

Doctorate Students


Amado Villalobos-Leiva  

Amado Villalobos 

Biologists graduated from Universidad de Concepción.  His main area of work is devoted to evolutionary biology.  In his undergraduate thesis he performed an analysis integrating morphometric, ecologic and phylogenetic variables in the species sensulata of the native lizard Liolaemus pictus, in order to delimit species and propose conservation strategies.  For his master degree, at Universidad de Chile, he researched the association between digging character and performance phenotypes in a population of the native rodent Octodon degus, within a context of evolutionary ecology of behaviour.  Nowadays, in the Systematics and Biodiversity Doctorate Program, under the tutorship of Dr. Hugo Benítez, he intends to test phylogeographic and adaptive radiation hypotheses based on the wing variability of butterfly species from the genus Vanessa, using geometric morphometric tools.

 

Rocio Alvarez  

Rocío Álvarez Varas 

Veterinary Doctor, Master in Natural Resources and Dr. (c) in the Ecology and Biology Doctorate program of Universidad de Chile.  During his Master Degree, Rocío studied the morphological variation and phylogeographic patterns of six bird species from the genus Phrygilus. Her doctorate thesis is devoted to studying the morphological and genomic differentiation of Chelonia mydas (green turtle) in the Western Atlantic and Eastern Pacific, using geometric morphometric techniques and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS).  Currently, Rocío is working on her thesis in the Ecology and Genetics Laboratory of Universidad de Chile, headed by Dr. David Véliz (tutor) and the Geometric Morphometrics Laboratory of Universidad de Tarapacá headed by Dr. Hugo Benítez (co-tutor).

 

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Dania Saladrigas Menés 

Bachellor in Biology from Universidad de la Habana (UH), Cuba.  She was a professor and researcher at the Biology School of UH during six years.  Her research area during that time was focused on the natural history and ecology of Cuban lepidoptera.  Nowadays, she is following the Systematics and Biodiversity Doctorate program of Universidad de Concepción, Chile.  Her thesis will be focused on studying evolutionary aspects of the tribe Tricopterygini (Geometridae), and defining the evolution of brachypterism in the tribe using geometric morphometrics.  The professors in charge of this research are Dr. Luis E. Parra, from Universidad de Concepción (tutor) and Dr. Hugo Benítez, from Universidad de Tarapacá (co-tutor).

 

Laboratory Technician


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Rodrigo Órdenes Clavería 

Agronomic Engineer graduated from Universidad de Tarapacá.  During his undergraduate program, he studied the morphological adaptation of the non-indigenous species Bagrada hilaris in its invasive process over Chilean land.  Currently, he works in the laboratory of Dr. Benítez studying the morphometric variation processes in insects and he is in the process to continue with a graduate program.

 

Rocío Álvarez Varas

 

Veterinary Doctor, Master in Natural Resources and Dr. (c) in the Ecology and Biology Doctorate program of Universidad de Chile.  During his Master Degree, Rocío studied the morphological variation and phylogeographic patterns of six bird species from the genus Phrygilus. Her doctorate thesis is devoted to studying the morphological and genomic differentiation of Chelonia mydas (green turtle) in the Western Atlantic and Eastern Pacific, using geometric morphometric techniques and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS).  Currently, Rocío is working on her thesis in the Ecology and Genetics Laboratory of Universidad de Chile, headed by Dr. David Véliz (tutor) and the Geometric Morphometrics Laboratory of Universidad de Tarapacá headed by Dr. Hugo Benítez (co-tutor).