Karin Maldonado, PhD

Doctor in Sciences, mention in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Universidad de Chile 2009

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My research interests are diverse but converge on how individuals respond to environmental fluctuations, including climate change. This response not only influences their behavior and physiology but also shapes communities and determines species distribution. From an evolutionary and functional ecology perspective, I analyze the ecological niche at different levels, employing advanced techniques such as stable isotopes and niche modeling. Additionally, I investigate how variations in precipitation and temperature affect species phenology. These changes can cause mismatches in the synchronization of life cycles among interdependent species, posing a threat to diversity. My work primarily focuses on arid and semi-arid areas, where I participate in nationally and internationally funded projects.

Key Words

Isotopic niche; Trophic ecology; Niche modeling; Phenotypic plasticity


Bachelor’s degree in science with mention in Biology, Universidad de Chile 2004

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Universidad Andrés Bello

Award Date: 4 Oct 2019

PhD, Universidad de Chile

Award Date: 30 Oct 2009


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