Marco Sandoval Belmar


Department of Geophysics, University of Conceptión, Conceptión, Chile (last affiliation)
24 May 2018 to 29 Jun 2018

Research subject:

Carry out a physical oceanography and biogeochemical study in the tropical South Atlantic along 11°S and in the eastern boundary upwelling region off Angola. Training in the use of physical and biogeochemical instrumentation and observatories, on-board post-processing and calibration techniques, particularly the calibration and post-processing of CTD profile data, and post-cruise data processing and model evaluation.


Dr Marcus Dengler, GEOMAR

Short cv:

I am a Geophysicist (2017) at the University of Concepción, Chile. I have a solid background in physics, mathematics and computer science, which I have perfected with elective courses in the specialty of my interest; Oceanography with couplings in biogeochemical and biological processes. This education is complemented by experience in processing and analyzing data thanks to my computer skills in Matlab, Octave, Linux, GMT, COMCOT, ROMS, ARCGIS, R, Ichthyop, SeaDAS and DINEOF. My interests include the physical-biological interaction of the ocean, satellite images, operational oceanography, biophysical modeling and statistical models.

My current job activity involves a participation in the project "Monitoring Program of the Main National Fisheries, Year 2018. Fisheries of Crustaceans of the Juan Fernández Archipelago" as a research assistant. In this project I’m in charge of the retrieval and processing of satellite data (e.g. SST, Chl-a, SLA) to make statistics analysis (correlation, EOF, GLM) to find the relationship between environmental data and Catch Per Unit Effort (CPUE) of Juan Fernandez lobster (Jasus frontalis), a crucial fishery for the native habitants of Juan Fernandez Archipelago.

The idea to participate in this research cruise is in order to increase my knowledge and experience in data collection in situ, as well as processing techniques. In addition, I am in the process of defining my line of research and seeing possible doctoral programs abroad, which would help me to expand my contact networks and open my options for graduate programs and countries in which to develop them.