Paola Angélica Sáez González

Actual occupation: PhD Student
Institution: Universidad de Chile
Research on: Evolutionary patterns of amphibians in Andean Altiplano

Educational Background:

2015 – Present. PhD. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Universidad de Chile

2010–2012. MSc, Universidad de Chile. Dissertation title: “Evolutionary relationships of Telmatobius (Anura: Telmatobiidae) genus from Chilean Altiplano”. Advisors: Marco Méndez and Patricia Iturra.

Research Interest: My main research interests are population genetics and systematics of the genus Telmatobius, to respond questions about the patterns and processes of diversification of this group of amphibians in the Andean Altiplano. My research has involved the use of DNA sequences for phylogenetic and phylogeographic inferences. Beside my main research, I am interested in conservation genetics, especially due to the strong pressures that the fresh water species inhabiting the Altiplano are subject to by water extraction for human activities. I am currently working on the complex Telmatobius marmoratus to elucidate its historical processes that could be responsible for their geographical distributions.


Fibla P., Sáez P.A., Salinas H., Araya C., Sallaberry M. & Méndez M.A. The taxonomic status of two Telmatobius frog species (Anura: Telmatobiidae) from the western Andean slopes of northernmost Chile. 2017. Zootaxa 4250(4): 301–314.

Victoriano, P., Muñoz-Mendoza, C., Sáez, P.A., Salinas, H., Sallaberry, M., Fibla, P. & Méndez, M.A. 2015. Evolution and conservation on top of the world: Phylogeography of the Marbled Water Frog in protected areas of Chile. J. Hered. 546-559.

Sáez, P.A., Fibla, P., Correa, C., Sallaberry, M., Salinas, H., Veloso, A., Mella, J., Iturra, P. & Méndez, M.A. 2014. A new endemic lineage of the Andean frog genus Telmatobius (Anura, Telmatobiidae) from the western slopes of the central Andes. Zool. J. Linn. Soc-Lond. 171(4): 769-782.

Gallardo, C.E., Correa, C., Morales, P., Sáez, P.A., Pastenes, L. & Méndez M.A. 2012. Validation of a cheap and simple non-destructive method for obtaining mitochondrial and nuclear markers in amphibians. Mol. Ecol. Resour. 12(6): 1090-1096.

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Awards and Associations: SOCEVOL; CONICYT.

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Hobby and interest: Nature, bird watching, sports.