Researcher biography

Carlos is an Marine Biology, specialising in the biology, molecular taxonomy and ecology of cartilaginous fishes (sharks, rays, skates and chimaeras). Carlos obtained an honours degree in Marine Biology (BSc) in Chile and later, his PhD at The University of Queensland (UQ) studying fishery biology and distribution of south-east Pacific cartilaginous fishes. Carlos has worked on applied fisheries research balancing ecosystems with economic development. Carlos was involved as research assistant on different projects in behalf of the Fisheries Research Fund (Fondo de Investigación Pesquera) in Chile, mainly on biological assessment of marine resources and environmental impact of artisanal fisheries. He was part of the team responsible for the design and implementation the Chilean National Plan of Action for conservation and management of sharks (and relatives), and the Regional Plan of Action commissioned by the Permanent Commission for the South Pacific (Comisión Permanente del Pacífico Sur), a RFMO including Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Chile. In 2009, he founded the "Programa de Conservación de Tiburones", an NGO based in Valdivia (Chile) responsible of sharks research and public awareness. Currently, Carlos is working on bioinformatics and genomics of cartilaginous fishes as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UQ.