Dr. L. Antonio Cuevas

Dr. L. Antonio Cuevas is a Marine Biologist and Master in Oceanography from the University of Concepción.

In 2011, he completed his Ph.D. thesis at the University of Bergen in Norway, studying the control mechanisms on the bacterial growth in marine ecosystems using different approaches (microcosm, mesocosm and meta-analysis).

In Chile, he carried out his FONDECYT postdoctoral project, in which he studied the control mechanisms of pelagic trophic webs observing the entire fjord area of the Chilean Patagonia (42-55ºS). Since 2012 he has been part of our lab maintaining and running high-frequency coastal monitoring programs where work with high-resolution sensors (e.g. WQM, SeaFET, iSAMI-pH, Mini CO2, miniDO2T, HOBO pH) is essential, incorporating measurements of the carbonate system.

In addition, he has participated in numerous national and international research cruises, including mesocosm experiments in international projects (e.g. Ocean Certain, FP-7). His current research interests are focused on the study of changes in oceanographic variables and the carbonate system in coastal ecosystems, the implementation of monitoring systems, and the management and quality control of carbonate system data. In our group, Antonio is in charge of coordinating and managing the projects and activities of our laboratory as Lab Manager.

Outside the Lab, Antonio likes to stay outdoors running alone through hills and mountains and with his trail running friends.

e-mail: lcuevas@udec.cl, antoncuevas@gmail.com

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Vargas CA, Cuevas LA, Broitman BR, San Martín VA, Lagos NA, Gaitán-Espitia JD, Dupont S. 2022. Upper environmental pCO2 drives sensitivity to ocean acidification in marine invertebrates. Nature Climate Change 12, 200-207. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-021-01269-2

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

Vergara-Jara MJ, DeGrandpre MD, Torres R, Beatty CM, Cuevas LA, Alarcón E, Iriarte JL. 2019. Seasonal changes in carbonate saturation state and air-sea CO2 fluxes during an annual cycle in a stratified-temperate fjord (Reloncaví Fjord, Chilean Patagonia). Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 124 (9): 2851-2865, doi: 10.1029/2019JG005028

Cuevas LA, Tapia F, Iriarte JL, González HE, Silva N, Vargas CA. 2019. Interplay between freshwater discharges and oceanic waters modulates the phytoplankton size-structure in fjords and channel systems of the Chilean Patagonia. Progress in Oceanography 173, 103-113, doi: 10.1016/jpocean.2019.02.012

Narváez DA, Vargas CA, Cuevas LA, García-Loyola SA, Lara C, Segura C, Tapia F, Broitman BR. 2019. Dominant scales subtidal variability in coastal hydrography of the Northern Chilean Patagonia. Journal of Marine Systems 193, 59-73, doi: 10.1016/j.jmarsys.2018.12.008

Iriarte JL, Cuevas LA, Cornejo F, Silva N, González HE, Castro L, Montero P, Vargas CA, Daneri G. 2018. Low spring primary production and microplankton carbón biomass in Sub-Antarctic Patagonian channels and fjords (50-53ºS). Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research 50 (1), e1525186 (13 pages), doi: 10.1080/15230430.2018.1525186

Vargas CA, Cuevas LA, Silva N, González HE, De Pol-Holz R, Narváez D. 2018. Influence of glacier melting and river discharges on the nutrient distribution and DIC recycling in the southern Chilean Patagonia. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeoscience 123 (1), 256-270, doi: 10.1002/2017JG003907

Lønborg C, Cuevas LA, Reinthaler T, Herndl GJ, Gasol JM, Morán XAG, Bates NR, Álvarez-Salgado XA. 2016. Temperature dependence of ocean heterotrophic prokaryotic production. Frontiers in Aquatic Microbiology 3:90, doi: 10.33899/fmars.2016.00090

Iriarte JL, Ardelan M, Cuevas LA, González HE, Sanchez N, Myklestad SM. 2014. Size-spectrum based differential response of phytoplankton to iron-organic matter combinations in microcosm experiments in a Chilean Patagonian Fjord. Phycological Research 62 (2), 136-146, doi: 10.1111/pre.12050

Fuentes M, Escribano RE, Cuevas LA. 2012. Bacterial response to a weak 2006 El Niño condition in an upwelling area of the Humboldt Current System. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK 92 (1), 1-12, doi: 10.1017/S0025315411001755

Molina V, Morales CE, Farías L, Cornejo M, Graco M, Eissler Y, Cuevas LA. 2012. Potential contribution of planktonic components to ammonium cycling in the coastal area off central-southern Chile during non-upwelling conditions. Progress in Oceanography 92 (1), 43-49, doi: 10.1016/j.pocean.2011.07.006

Iriarte JL, Cuevas LA. 2012. Estudio de las interacciones ecológicas a través de experimentos de micro-mesocosmos en el sistema marino pelágico. Versión Diferente 17, 42-45.

Iriarte JL, González HE, Ardelan M, Cuevas LA, Hernández K. 2012. Rol de hierro (Fe+2) y nitrógeno en las comunidades microbianas en el sistema pelágico de fiordos de la Patagonia. Versión Diferente 16, 30-32

Cuevas LA, Egge JK, Thingstad TF, Töpper B. 2011. Organic carbon and mineral nutrients limitation of oxygen consumption, bacterial growth and efficiency in the Norwegian Sea. Polar Biology 34 (6), 871-882, doi: 10.1007/s00300-010-0944-3

Thingstad TF, Cuevas LA. 2010. Nutrient pathways through the microbial food web: Principles and predictability discussed, based on five different experiments. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 61, 249-260, doi: 10.3354/ame01452

Eissler Y, Letelier J, Cuevas LA, Morales CE, Escribano R. 2010. The microbial community in the coastal upwelling system off Concepción, Chile, 36oS, 2002-2003 period. Rev. Biol. Mar. Oceanog. 45(1): 1-18

González HE, Calderón MJ, Castro L, Clement A, Cuevas, LA, Daneri G, Iriarte JL, Lizárraga L, Martínez R, Menschel E, Silva N, Carrasco C, Valenzuela C, Vargas CA, Molinet C. 2010. Primary production and plankton dynamics in the Reloncaví Fjord and the Interior Sea of Chiloé, Northern Patagonia, Chile. Marine Ecology Progress Series 402, 13-30, doi: 10.3354/meps08360

Pantoja S, Rossel P, Castro R, Cuevas LA, Daneri G, Córdova C. 2009. High microbial degradation rates of small peptides and amino acids in oxygen depleted waters. Deep-Sea Research II 56, 1019-1026, doi: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2008.09.007

Alder V.A., Cuevas L.A., Franzosi C. 2009. Picoplancton. In: Alder, V.A., Morales, C.E. (eds) Manual de Métodos para el Estudio de Sistemas Planctónicos Marinos. Eudeba, Buenos Aires, p. 27-64. ISBN: 978-950-23-1663-5

Cuevas L.A., Alder V.A., Santoferrara L.F. 2009. Nanoplancton. In: Alder, V.A., Morales, C.E. (eds) Manual de Métodos para el Estudio de Sistemas Planctónicos Marinos. Eudeba, Buenos Aires, p.65-94. ISBN: 978-950-23-1663-5

Montero P, Daneri G, Cuevas LA, González HE, Jacob B, Lizárraga L, Menschel E. 2007. Productivity cycles in the coastal upwelling area of Concepcion: the importance of diatoms and bacteria in the flux of organic carbon. Progress in Oceanography 75, 518-530, doi: 10.1016/j.pocean.2007.08.013

Vargas C, Martínez R, Cuevas LA,Pavez M, Cartes C, González HE, Escribano R, Daneri G. 2007. The relative importance of microbial and classical food webs in a highly productive coastal upwelling area.Limnology & Oceanography 52 (4), 1495-1510, doi: 10.4319/lo.2007.52.4.1495

Vargas C, Cuevas LA, González HE, Daneri G. 2007. Bacterial growth response to copepod grazing in aquatic ecosystems. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 87, 667-674, doi: 10.1017/S0025315407056275

Cuevas LA, Morales CE. 2006. Nano-heterotrophs grazing on bacteria and cyanobacteria in oxic and suboxic waters at coastal upwelling areas off northern Chile. Journal of Plankton Research 28 (4), 385-397, doi: 10.1093/plankt/fbil24

Molina V, Farias L, Eissler Y, Cuevas LA, Morales CE, Escribano R. 2005. Ammonium cycling under a strong oxygen gradient associated with the oxygen minimum zone off northern Chile (~23°S). Marine Ecology Progress Series 288, 35-43, doi: 10.3354/meps288035

Cuevas LA, Daneri G, Jacob B, Montero P. 2004. Microbial abundance and activity in the seasonal upwelling area off Concepción (36ºS), central Chile: A comparison of upwelling and non-upwelling conditions. Deep-Sea Research II 51 (20-21), 2427-2440, doi: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2004.07.026

Troncoso VA, Daneri G, Cuevas LA, Jacob B, Montero P. 2003. Bacterial carbon flow in the Humboldt Current System off Chile. Marine Ecology Progress Series 250, 1-12, doi: 10.3354/meps250001