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Research Overview

Currently, a wide variety of scientific research projects are being developed at ECIM. The majority of ECIM research sites are located along the central and northern coasts of Chile, between Antofagasta and Pichilemu; however, there are also ECIM research projects in other parts of Chile including Easter Island, Juan Fernández Island, and the fjords region.


Principal lines of current research

  • Patterns of distribution, diversity, and abundance of marine macro- and meio-faunal invertebrates, fish, and algae in the intertidal and shallow subtidal zones
  • Functions of biodiversity and conservation of marine environments
  • Larval ecology and reproductive biology of mollusks, tunicates and crustaceans
  • Interactions between predators and prey in rocky shore communities
  • Population biology of coastal fishes and commercially exploited invertebrates and seaweeds
  • Latitudinal patterns of reproduction and parental care in marine invertebrates
  • Thermal tolerances of marine invertebrate larvae and fish, including effects on growth and distribution
  • Oceanography of the nearshore environment and its effects on primary productivity and larval transport of intertidal and shallow subtidal invertebrates
  • Management and conservation of marine ecosystems, including human impacts, co-management of marine resources, and marine reserve design
  • Global change on coastal systems, weather, habitat and fishing industry

Studies conducted by researchers at the station have resulted in numerous important scientific publications and have also been applied to the management and conservation of the marine environment.