Elliott Ramos & Felipe Soto

Coastal Oceanography

The Coastal Oceanography group is investigating the role played by ocean circulation on the spatial and temporal patterns of abundance of coastal organisms in central Chile.


Antonio Gajardo

Ocean currents – forced by the winds, tides, coastline features and global climate patterns – control which sections of the coast are supplied with eggs and larvae, which determines the dynamic of coastal marine populations.  Our research team uses observations and numerical models to understand the temporal and spatial scales of dispersal, and to predict the interdependence of the coastal populations.  The models are powerful tools for evaluating the performance of networks of marine protected areas in terms of how well they preserve coastal biodiversity.


Christopher Aiken
Sergio Navarrete