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Andres Ospina-Alvarez

  • Ph.D.
  • Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions Fellow
  • Instituto Mediterraneo de Estudios Avanzados
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Recent publications

  • Larval transport in the upwelling ecosystem of central Chile: The effects of vertical migration, developmental time and coastal topography on recruitment

    • Ospina-Alvarez A
    • Weidberg N
    • Aiken C
    • et al.
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  • 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
    • et al.
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Professional experience

Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions Fellow

Instituto Mediterraneo de Estudios Avanzados

January 2018 - Present

Post-doctoral research


November 2014 - November 2017(3 years)

Scientific and technical advisor

WWF Mediterranean - European Policy Programme

July 2012 - February 2016(4 years)

Post-doctoral research

Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile Facultad de Ciencias Biologicas

July 2013 - October 2014(a year)


CSIC-Spanish National Research Council

January 2008 - December 2012(5 years)



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)


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.


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