Lucas de la Maza


Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
2 Jun 2019 to 29 Jun 2019

Short cv:

As a Marine Biologist BSc (Jan 2018) from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile I have a strong base in marine ecology. I’ve also developed statistics and programming skills in R, Linux shell and python, a basic understanding of electronics and have acquired shipborne experience in both large and small vessels.

My main areas of interest are Oceanography and Ecology, using observational oceanography and field experimentation to study the coupling between the physical and biological processes that underlie patterns of connectivity and population structure.

My main project is understanding the physical processes driving the coastal hypoxia detected sporadically in central Chile, with the implementation of a Dissolved Oxygen monitoring program inside the ECIM marine reserve, and the analysis and interpretation of different sources of observational data. Other projects in which I am working at are an investigation of the relative importance of oceanic and fish-mediated dispersal for macroalgal connectivity and the development of a DIY low cost flow microscope based on Raspberry Pi that aims to be a relevant tool for both experimentation and education.

As I intend to continue my studies with a PhD, this research cruise presents a great opportunity to know the current and future ocean experts with whom I’ll hopefully be collaborating soon and also to explore options for undertaking a PhD in oceanography.