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Andres Ospina-Alvarez

  • Ph.D.
  • PostDoc Researcher
  • Núcleo Milenio – Centro de Conservación Marina; Estación Costera de Investigaciones Marinas, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
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Research interests

colonialidad.aves marinascomportamientomortalidad)abundanciaecología de huevos y larvas de peces (distribucióncolonial breeding. Modelos Basados en Individuo (IBM)seabirdseggs and larvae ecologyIndividual Based Models (IBM)


My research reflects a broad generic interest in marine ecology, with particular interests in the understanding of the mechanisms underlying the adaptation and evolutionary processes of marine organisms to their environment. Consequently, my research interests are varied, ranging from marine hydrodynamics, biogeography, larval transport and dispersal, and connectivity processes. More specifically, my research has mainly focus on the effects of environmental heterogeneity, particularly hydrodynamic phenomena, on larval behavior, larval transport, larval dispersal, settlement, recruitment and population dynamics. Many marine species, including benthic organisms, have small, pelagic early life stages. Understanding the biophysical processes that contribute to observed dispersal patterns requires integrated interdisciplinary approaches that incorporate high-resolution biophysical modeling and empirical data.Therefore, my research uses a combination of empirical data and modeling, including spatially explicit individual-based models aiming to, 1) explore the underlying mechanisms of the early life history dynamics of eggs and larvae of marine organisms and, 2) the study of the evolution of morphological and behavioral patterns when eggs and larvae transition through ontogeny or through changes in the trophic mode (e.g. non- feeding to feeding, diel vertical migration).These studies complement the hydrodynamic and biophysical approaches by allowing a comparative perspective of morphological and physiological transformations that occur during development of eggs and larvae when they are transported by marine currents. I am also interested in, and had the opportunity to worked with through different collaborations, related topics in the framework of conservation and marine biology: seabird reproductive ecology, mangrove propagules dispersal, use of internal and pop-off satellite tags to study wide movements and migration dynamics in marine organisms, satellite products for oceanography, monitoring and predicting climate change impacts on marine systems; marine spatial planning and Marine Protected areas network design principles. I strongly believe in applied science, and increasing communication between science and policy makers, such that the best available science is incorporated into resource management and policy at local, regional, national and international levels.

Co-authors (47)

Publications (5)

  • Egg production patterns of two invertebrate species in rocky subtidal areas under different fishing regimes along the coast of central Chile

    • Blanco M
    • Ospina-Álvarez A
    • González C
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  • Temperate rocky subtidal reef community reveals human impacts across the entire food web

    • Pérez-Matus A
    • Ospina-Alvarez A
    • Camus P
    • et al.
  • Reproductive resilience: A paradigm shift in understanding spawner-recruit systems in exploited marine fish

    • Lowerre-Barbieri S
    • Decelles G
    • Pepin P
    • et al.
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  • Electronic tagging of Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus, L.) reveals habitat use and behaviors in the Mediterranean Sea

    • Cermeño P
    • Quílez-Badia G
    • Ospina-Alvarez A
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  • From egg production to recruits: Connectivity and inter-annual variability in the recruitment patterns of European anchovy in the northwestern Mediterranean

    • Ospina-Alvarez A
    • Catalán I
    • Bernal M
    • et al.
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Professional experience

PostDoc Researcher

Núcleo Milenio – Centro de Conservación Marina; Estación Costera de Investigaciones Marinas, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

July 2013 - Present


CSIC-Spanish National Research Council

January 2008 - December 2012(5 years)

Education history


Universitat de Barcelona

September 2008 - December 2012(4 years)


Universitat de Barcelona

September 2006 - September 2008(2 years)

Biology B.Sc

University of Valle Faculty of Sciences

September 1997 - May 2004(7 years)