Gaitan Espitia, JD


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Professor Gaitan Espitia, Juan Diego

Assistant Professor

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Professor Gaitan Espitia, Juan Diego

Assistant Professor

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Short Biography:

My research interests can be divided into two main areas. First, I am interested in understanding the adaptive evolution of physiological traits along environmental gradients and in response to extreme and changing climatic conditions. For this, I focus on the interaction of quantitative genetics (phenotypic level), and molecular approaches (proteomics, transcriptomics, genomics), to assess the mechanisms underpinning plasticity and local adaptation. My Second area of interest is more applied to biodiversity conservation and management. Using evolutionary principles and genetic/genomic approaches, my work aims to enhance ecosystem services, restoring intra- and inter-specific diversity, through for instance assisted gene flow, evolutionary rescue, and genetically informed interventions. 

Some of the core areas in our work are:

  • Phenotypic plasticity and evolution of physiological traits.

  • Physiological ecology: thermal stress

  • Functional Genomics: linking genotype to phenotype

  • Host-microbiome interactions and the concept of holobiomes

  • Seagrass & seaweed ecology and evolution 

  • Blue carbon and ecological restoration (More info)

  • Biodiversity conservation.

Professional Qualifications
YearAwarding InstitutionQualification
2012Universidad Austral de ChilePhD. Ecology and Evolution
2006Universidad de las Palmas de Gran CanariasMSc. Marine Technologies
2004Universidad Jorge Tadeo LozanoBSc. (Hs) Marine Biologist
Honours, Awards & Prizes
AwardeesAward DateHonours / Awards / PrizesCategory
Global Fellowship in Marine Conservation: Duke University
Research Achievement
FONDECYT-Chile Postdoctoral Fellowship: The National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development (FONDECYT-Chile)
Research Achievement
OCE Postdoctoral Fellowship: The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Research Achievement
Best talk, 1st Ibero-American APECS Meeting: Association of Polar Early Career Scientists
Research Achievement
Sustainable Futures, Early Career Researcher Fellowship: Universitas 21
Research Achievement
Professional Societies
Term PeriodPositionProfessional Societies
2021-to the dateAssociate EditorProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
2023-to the dateAssociate EditorJournal of Thermal Biology
2021-to the dateAssociate EditorEvolution
2023-to the dateAssociate EditorJournal of Evolutionary Biology
2021-to the dateMemberSociety for the Study of Evolution
2010-to the dateMemberEuropean Society of Evolutionary Biology
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Area of Expertise:
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Global change
Evolutionary ecology, Eco-physiology, Functional and comparative genomics, Quantitative genetics, Climate change biology
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