Miriam FernandezMiriam Fernández

Director


Main interests
In the last decade mi research group has been focused on the analysis of patterns of diversity, abundance and reproductive potential in coastal species of central Chile, taking into account the gradient of anthropogenic impact generated by marine protected areas, management areas and open-access areas. These research studies are of major importance to the design of marine reserves and to the management of coastal marine resources.

Furthermore, we are very well aware of the political and social resistance to the creation of marine protected areas that exclude any anthropogenic activities from vast coastal areas. For this reason we are studying alternative management and conservation models that include preservation and management areas in an interconnected system of marine protected areas. In order to accomplish this goal we have been working together with fishermen, and we have been able to produce conservation models that follow a bottom-up approach, as opposed to the traditional top-down implementation of conservation tools.

Contribution to CCM

Metapopulation Ecology and Genetics
Social Determinants
Conservation and Management

My contribution to the Center for Marine Conservation is centered in the analysis of spatial patterns of diversity, abundance and reproductive potential of coastal species with relevant commercial and ecological importance. Our results, which are being analyzed accounting for the contributions of the remaining research areas of our millennium nucleus, will allow improving the design of coastal conservation and management plans.

Selected publications

  • Tognelli MF, Fernandez M, Marquet P. 2009. Assessing the performance of the existing and proposed network of marine protected areas to conserve marine biodiversity in Chile. Biological Conservation, 142(12): 3147-3153. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2009.08.016
  • Fernandez M, Calderon R, Cancino J, Jeno K. 2007. The effect of temperature on the development of encapsulated embryos of Concholepas concholepas along a latitudinal cline. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 348: 229-237. http://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps07032
  • Fernandez M, Castilla JC. 2005. Marine conservation in Chile: historical perspective, lessons, and challenges. Conservation Biology, 19(6): 1752-1762. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1523-1739.2005.00277.x

Contact
e-mail: mfernandez@bio.puc.cl
URL: http://www.bio.puc.cl/academicos/10837-miriam-fernandez