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.


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.

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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