The Marine Biology student, Carolina Fernández, affiliated to the MUSELS project, recently defended her thesis as a requirement to obtain the professional title of Marine Biologist of the Faculty of Marine Sciences of the University of Valparaiso.

The thesis titled “Physiological performance of the intertidal polyplacophore mollusk Chiton granosus (Freembly, 1827) along a biogeographic breakdown on the coast of Chile” was rated with the highest degree by all members of the commission.

According to the thesis tutor, Dr. Marco A. Lardies, a scientist at the Adolfo Ibañez University and an associate researcher at MUSELS, “the research focused on determining how large natural environmental variability (eg, factors such as pH, temperature, Oxygen) caused by a semipermanent upwelling in Punta Lengua de Vaca, shapes the physiological performance, thermal tolerance and calcification processes of this intertidal species of great ecological relevance, and also how this large environmental variability underlies the great phenotypic plasticity shown by individuals of this locality “.

The researchers who were part of the evaluation of the work were Dr. Bernardita Campos, professor of the Faculty of Marine Sciences and Mg. Cs. Pablo Muñoz, professor and director of the School of Marine Biology of the University of Valparaiso.

The successful defense of the thesis was carried out in the Auditorium Héctor Etcheverry of the Faculty of Sciences of the Sea of the same university, in the city of Viña del Mar.

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