Alejandra Andrea Fabres Contreras

Actual occupation: Lab assistant
Institution: Universidad de Chile
Research on: Evolutionary patterns of marine invertebrates

Educational Background:

2014-2015 – Professional title of Biologist specialized in Natural Resources and Environment. Essay title: “Internship in the Natural History Museum of Chile (MNHNCL)”. Advisor: Sergio Letelier

2009-2014 – BSc in Biological Science from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Dissertation title: “Dispersal potential in marine ecosystems: case of Lessonia spicata”. Advisor: Sylvain Faugeron

Research Interest:

After getting my degree I did an internship in the Malacology lab of the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural de Chile, where I first got interested in mollusk. Here I realized that my main interests of research are taxonomy and systematics, especially of invertebrates. In a future I would like to specialize on the biology and evolutionary history of this taxon, and their effectiveness as a bioindicators.


Fabres A, Fibla P, Araya C, Salaberry M & Méndez MA. 2018. Development and characterization of 22 polymorphic microsatellites of the Andean frog Telmatobius chusmisensis (Anura, Telmatobius) and cross amplification in seven Chilean species of the genus. Molecular Biology Reports. DOI: 10.1007/s11033-018-4228-2

Pardo-Gandarillas M.C., C.M. Ibáñez, F.I. Torres, V. Sanhueza, A. Fabres, J. Escobar-Dodero, F.O. Mardones, M.A. Méndez. 2018. Phylogeography and species distribution modelling reveal the effects of the Pleistocene Ice Age on an intertidal limpet from the Southeastern Pacific. Journal of Biogeography:  DOI: 10.1111/jbi.13362.

Letelier, S., Rebolledo, A., Báez, P., Fabres, A, Soto-Acuña, S., Jackson, D., Mansilla, P. & Collado G. A. 2016. The highly invasive freshwater apple snail Pomacea canaliculata (Gastropoda: Ampullariidae) in Northern Chile: Morphological and molecular confirmation. The Journal of Zoological Studies, 3(5): 119-128.

Letelier, S., Báez P., Rebolledo A. & Fabres A. 2014. Moluscos terrestres nativos y exóticos del Archipiélago Juan Fernández (AJF) (Mollusca:Gastropoda). Boletín del Museo Nacional de Historia Natural, Chile, 63: 187-199


PNUD (2014). “Moluscos Invasoras de Chile: Documento del Taller Moluscos Exóticos Invasores enChile: Efectos en la Biodiversidad”. Santiago de Chile, Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo. 63 p. [download book]

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Awards and Associations:

Sociedad Malacológica de Chile (SMACH);

International Mobility Scholarship, Banco Santander Universidades (2013);

Further information: Scuba diving; swimming; underwater photography