Alejandra Andrea Fabres Contreras

Actual occupation: MSc Student
Institution: Universidad de Chile
Research on: Systematics and taxonomy of the ichthyological fauna of the Altiplano

Educational Background:

2019-present – MSc, Universidad de Chile. Dissertation title: “Deciphering the evolutionary history of the populations of Orestias agassii Valenciennes, 1946 (Cyprinodontidae) in Chile and Bolivia”. Advisor: Marco Méndez

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 AA, Valladares MA, Sáez PA, Collado GA, Pastenes LE & Méndez MA. 2020. Novel microsatellite markers for an endangered freshwater snail, Heleobia atacamensis (Caenogastropoda: Cochliopidae), from the Atacama Saltpan. Molluscan Research. DOI: 10.1080/13235818.2020.1775367

Darrigran, G., Agudo-Padrón, I., Baez, P. et al. 2020. Non-native mollusks throughout South America: emergent patterns in an understudied continent. Biological Invasions. DOI:10.1007/s10530-019-02178-4

Fibla P, Serrano JM, Cruz-Jofré F, Fabres A, Ramírez F, Sáez P, Otalora K & Méndez MA. 2019. Evidence of predation on the Helmeted water toad Calyptocephalella gayi (Duméril & Bibron, 1841) by the invasive African clawed frog Xenopus laevis (Daudin 1802). Gayana. Accepted

Fibla P, Salinas H, Lobos G, Fabres A & Méndez MA. 2018. Where is the enigmatic Telmatobius halli Noble 1938? Rediscovery and clarification of a frog species not seen for 80 years. Zootaxa. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4527.1.5

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 MC, Ibáñez CM, Torres FI, Sanhueza V, Fabres A, Escobar-Dodero J, Mardones FO & Méndez MA. 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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MSc Scholardship: Beca de Magíster Universidad de Chile (2019-2020)

International Mobility Scholarship, Banco Santander Universidades (2013)


Sociedad Malacológica de Chile (SMACH). The Systematics Association

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Language: Fluent English and Spanish

Hobbies: Swimming, Scuba diving Freediving, underwater photography.