Dr. Luisa M. Saavedra Löwenberger

Luisa is a Marine Biologist (2003) and Doctor in Oceanography (2012) from the University of Concepción. Since 2015, she joined the ECCA Lab carrying out her Fondecyt Postoctoral project related to the study of the natural variability of the carbonate system in an area suitable for bivalve culture, and evaluating the effect of the interaction between pH and marine pollutants on farmed molluscs.

She has continued investigating and working on projects related to the effect of climate change in the coastal zone, currently being the coordinator of a GEF / FAO project entitled “Basic local environmental monitoring program to improve the adaptation of the fisheries and aquaculture sector to the climate change in the coves: Riquelme, Tongoy, Coliumo and El Manzano-Hualaihué”. Through this project, she has increased her research experience linking science and society, which represents an important challenge to tackle climate change.

email: lu.saavedra07@gmail.com, lsaavedr@udec.cl

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Jahnsen-Guzmán N, Lagos NA, Lardies MA, Vargas CA, Fernández C, San Martín VA, Saavedra LM, Cuevas LA, Quijón PA, Duarte C. 2021. Environmental refuges increase performance of juvenile mussels Mytilus chilensis: Implications for mussel seedling and farming strategies. Science of the Total Environment 751. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.141723

Saavedra LM, Saldías GS, Broitman BR, Vargas CA. 2020. Carbonate Chemistry Dynamics in Shellfish Farming Areas along the Chilean coast: Natural Ranges and Biological implications. ICES Journal of Marine Sciences . DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsaa127

Saavedra LM, Vargas CA. 2020. Sistema costero adyacente a la cuenca del Biobío. EULA-Chile Centro de Ciencias Ambientales: Evolución y perspectivas a 30 años de su creación. Universidad de Concepción, 363 pp.

Aguilera V, Aguirre C, Barbieri MA, Castillo Silva M, Contreras-López M, Dewitte B,  Echeveste P, Farías L, Fernández C, Gómez-Canchong P, Lagos NA, Lara LE, Marquet P, Miquel JC,  Molina M, Montecino V, Morales CE, Narváez D, Navarrete S, Oliveros V, Quiroga E, Ramajo L, Rojas M, Saavedra LM, Salinas X, Silva C, Urbina M, Vargas CA, Vidal G, von Dassow P, Winckler Grez P, Yáñez E. 2019. Océano y cambio climático: 50 preguntas y respuestas. Comité científico COP 25, Mesa Océanos. Santiago, Chile.

Saavedra LM, Parra D, San Martin V, Lagos NA, Vargas CA. 2018. Local habitat influences on feeding and respiration of the intertidal mussels Perumytilus purpuratus exposed to high pCO2 levels. Estuaries and Coasts 41(4): 1118-1129. DOI: 10.1007/s12237-017-0333-z

Castillo N, Saavedra LM, Vargas CA, Gallardo-Escárate C, Detree C. 2017. Ocean acidification and pathogen exposure modulate the immune response of the edible mussel Mytilus chilensis. Fish and Shellfish Immunology 70C: 149-155. DOI: 10.1016/j.fsi.2017.08.047

Saavedra LM, Quiñones RA, González RA. 2016. Aerobic and anaerobic enzyme activity in the hake Merluccius gayi gayi related to the oxygen minimum zone off central-southern Chile. Revista de Biología Marina y Oceanografía  51 (3) 581-590

Saavedra LM, Quiñones RA, Nicklitscheck E, González RA. 2015. Aerobic and anaerobic enzymatic activity of orange roughy (Hoplostethus atlanticus) and alfonsino (Beryx splendens) from the Juan Fernandez seamount area. Fish Physiology and Biochemistry 42: 869-882 DOI: 10.1007/s10695-015-0181-3

Saavedra, LM, Quiñones RA, Becerra J. 2014. Distribution and sources of phytosterols in coastal and river sediments of south-central Chile. LAJAR 42(1):61-84

Saavedra LM, Quiñones RA, Leonardi M. 2012. Induction of vitellogenin-like lipoproteins in the mussel Aulacomya ater under exposure to 17β-estradiol. Revista de Biología Marina y Oceanografía 47(3) 429-438.