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PhD in

Conservation Medicine

Conservation Medicine is an emerging interdisciplinary scientific field dedicated to understanding the effects of global change drivers including accelerated environmental changes from human activities and population growth (e.g. habitat loss, contamination, the introduction of invasive species, overexploitation of resources, climate change or emerging infectious diseases), on animals and humans’ health and the ecosystems that sustain them. This field is based on the premise that both health and diseases are shared amongst all living beings on the planet. There is abundant evidence on these types of events, such as disease transmission from animals to humans, the global use of biocides, invasions of plants, invertebrates and vertebrates, and the fragmentation and loss of habitats. These events have enormous repercussions on economics, society and public health, such as the global effect of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Conservation Medicine is the theoretical discipline that proposes solutions by focusing on these issues.

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Conservation Medicine

Training of excellence to face the challenges of a globalized world.

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Specific Objectives

  • Deepen the understanding on the interactions between variables from global change and the goal to develop new knowledge in the area of Conservation Medicine.
  • Develop skills that allow to conduct research estimating the effects of environmental change on human health, animal health and the health of the ecosystems these species share.


Lines of Research

This line proposes an integrative approach to the sanitary problems at the interface between animals, humans and the environment that sustains them, recognizing that their health is interconnected. There is special emphasis in determining how human activity drives changes that may affect the dynamics of diseases affecting wild species to propose conservation measures.

This line assesses the main factors affecting biodiversity in the context of global change, such as habitat destruction and degradation, the overexploitation of resources, species introduction, contamination and climate change. Its goal is to provide solutions on the growing environmental issues, considering the importance of biodiversity in the provision of ecosystem services.


Decree and Regulations


Program Director

Claudio Azat

MV, MSc, PhD (Universidad Andrés Bello/ Zoological Society of London)

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Academic Faculty

Ruben Avendaño-Herrera

PhD in Biology specialized in Microbiology and Parasitology of Fish (Universidad Santiago de Compostela Spain). Line: Population health.

Claudio Azat

PhD in Conservation Medicine (Universidad Andrés Bello/ Zoological Society of London). Lines: Population health and biological conservation.

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Julio Benavides

PhD in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology (University of Montpellier, France). Lines: Population health and biological conservation.

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Gustavo Chiang

PhD in Environmental Sciences (Universidad de Concepción). Line: Population health

Loretto Contreras

PhD in Biological Sciences specialized in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile). Line: Population health.

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Cristian Duarte

PhD in Science specialized in Systems and Ecology (Universidad Austral de Chile). Line: Biological conservation.

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Christian Ibáñez

PhD in Sciences specialized in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (Universidad de Chile). Line: Biological conservation.

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Sebastián Klarián

PhD in Conservation Medicine (Universidad Andrés Bello). Line: Biological conservation.

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Gonzalo Medina

PhD in Wildlife Ecology (Lincoln University, New Zealand). Lines: Population health and biological conservation.

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Rodolfo Paredes

PhD in Biomedical Sciences (Universidad de Chile). Line: Population health.

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José Miguel Pulgar

PhD in Biological Sciences specialized in Ecology (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile). Line: Biological conservation.

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Verónica Quirici

PhD in Biological Sciences specialized in Ecology (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile). Line: Biological conservation.

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Alejandro Simeone

PhD in Natural Sciences (University of Kiel, Germany). Line: Biological conservation.

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Collaborating Professors

Aiko Adell

PhD in Comparative Pathology (University of California Davis, USA). Line: Population health.

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Cristian Bulboa

PhD in Science specialized in Botanics (Universidad de Sao Paulo, Brasil). Line: Biological conservation.

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Mauricio Carter

PhD in Science specialized in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (Universidad de Chile). Line: Biological conservation.

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Carlos González

PhD in Pathology (University of Edinburgh, UK). Line: Population health.

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M. Cecilia Pardo

PhD in Sciences, specialized in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (Universidad de Chile). Line: Biological conservation.

Ana Piñeiro

PhD in Biology specialized in Behavioral Ecology (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid). Line: Biological conservation.

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Daniel Pons

PhD in Mathematics (Imperial College London, University of London, UK). Line: Population health.

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Gisela Stotz

PhD in Ecology (University of Alberta, Canada). Line: Biological conservation.

Pamela Thomson

PhD in Biomedicine (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Catalunya, Spain). Line: Population Health.


Visiting Professors

Karina Acevedo-Whitehouse

PhD in Molecular Ecology (University of Cambridge, UK). Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, Mexico.

Pelayo Acevedo

PhD in Biology and Technology of Hunting Resources (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain). Institute for Game and Wildlife Research (IREC), Spain.

Andrew Cunningham

PhD in Wildlife Epidemiology (Royal Veterinary College, University of London, UK). Professor of Wildlife Epidemiology, Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, UK.

Arno Gutleb

PhD in Environmental Science, Toxicology (Wageningen University, The Netherlands). Public Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Luxembourg.

John Organ

PhD in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology (University of Massachusetts at Amherst, EEUU). US Geological Survey, EE.UU.

Javier Millán

PhD in Veterinary (Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain).

Paul Wagner

PhD in Biology (Virginia Tech University). Professor of Practice and Program Director, MPS in Climate Leadership, College of Natural Resources and Environment, Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability.


Curriculum


Scholarships and Financing

Andrés Bello University has different scholarships for its doctoral students, to learn more we invite you to visit the Doctorates home where you will find Scholarships and Financing Opportunities.

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Requirements

Documents must be attached to the Application Form.

  • Birth Certificate
  • Concentration of grades (for their latest academic grade)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two recommendation letters
  • Photocopy of ID on both sides
  • Notarized legal photocopy of Professional Title or Academic Grade (Apostille for foreign students).
  • Students that comply with the application requirements will have a personal interview (through videoconference for foreigners) and an admission exam.


Applications open 16th August and close 15th October 2021.

Application process will be online. Documents must be sent to the following email address:

 

[email protected]
Miss Ana Torres
Administrative Secretary of Postgraduate Programs


Graduates

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Elfego Cuevas Dominguez

País:

México

Año de Grado:

2021

Título de Tesis:

Haemosporidian parasites on latitudinal gradients: molecular epidemiology, reproductive output, and immunogenetics in the Thorn-tailed Rayadito (Aphrastura spinicauda)

Elfego Cuevas Dominguez

País:

México

Año de Grado:

2021

Título de Tesis:

Haemosporidian parasites on latitudinal gradients: molecular epidemiology, reproductive output, and immunogenetics in the Thorn-tailed Rayadito (Aphrastura spinicauda)

Mario Andrés Alvarado Rybak

País:

Chile

Año de Grado:

2020

Título de Tesis:

Epidemiology of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Chile and the role of the invasive African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis) as a vector

Melanie Duclos Katunaric

País:

Chile

Año de Grado:

2020

Título de Tesis:

Influence of latitude and feeding habits on exposure to organic pollutants and corticosterone levels in feathers of the Andean condor (Vultur gryphus) in Chile

Frederick Alexander Toro Cortés

País:

Chile

Año de Grado:

2020

Título de Tesis:

The frontline: Assessment of the skin bacterial communities of three species of rorquals from different environments with human impacts

Cayetano Espinosa Miranda

País:

Chile

Año de Grado:

2020

Título de Tesis:

Geographic variability and effect of environmental stressors on health biomarkers in two small cetaceans of northwestern Patagonia

Manuel Lepe López

País:

Guatemala

Año de Grado:

2020

Título de Tesis:

Riesgo espacial y temporal de Caligus rogercresseyi sobre el ecosistema marino de Chile

Mario Andrés Alvarado Rybak

País:

Chile

Año de Grado:

2020

Título de Tesis:

Epidemiology of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Chile and the role of the invasive African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis) as a vector

Melanie Duclos Katunaric

País:

Chile

Año de Grado:

2020

Título de Tesis:

Influence of latitude and feeding habits on exposure to organic pollutants and corticosterone levels in feathers of the Andean condor (Vultur gryphus) in Chile

Frederick Alexander Toro Cortés

País:

Chile

Año de Grado:

2020

Título de Tesis:

The frontline: Assessment of the skin bacterial communities of three species of rorquals from different environments with human impacts

Cayetano Espinosa Miranda

País:

Chile

Año de Grado:

2020

Título de Tesis:

Geographic variability and effect of environmental stressors on health biomarkers in two small cetaceans of northwestern Patagonia

Manuel Lepe López

País:

Guatemala

Año de Grado:

2020

Título de Tesis:

Riesgo espacial y temporal de Caligus rogercresseyi sobre el ecosistema marino de Chile

Irene Sacristán Yagüe

País:

España

Año de Grado:

2019

Título de Tesis:

Effects of landscape anthropization on the interspecific transmission of pathogens and antimicrobial resistance genes in guignas (Leopardus guigna) of Chile

Aitor Cevidanes Miranda

País:

España

Año de Grado:

2019

Título de Tesis:

Evaluating inter-specific transmission of canine vector-borne pathogens between dogs and foxes in a human-dominated landscape

Carlos Canales Cerro

País:

Chile

Año de Grado:

2019

Título de Tesis:

Analysis of trophic interactions of large oceanic predators as an indicator of the stability of marine ecosystems

Diego Pérez Venegas

País:

Chile

Año de Grado:

2019

Título de Tesis:

Pinnipeds as new sentinel on plastic pollution

Irene Sacristán Yagüe

País:

España

Año de Grado:

2019

Título de Tesis:

Effects of landscape anthropization on the interspecific transmission of pathogens and antimicrobial resistance genes in guignas (Leopardus guigna) of Chile

Aitor Cevidanes Miranda

País:

España

Año de Grado:

2019

Título de Tesis:

Evaluating inter-specific transmission of canine vector-borne pathogens between dogs and foxes in a human-dominated landscape

Carlos Canales Cerro

País:

Chile

Año de Grado:

2019

Título de Tesis:

Analysis of trophic interactions of large oceanic predators as an indicator of the stability of marine ecosystems

Diego Pérez Venegas

País:

Chile

Año de Grado:

2019

Título de Tesis:

Pinnipeds as new sentinel on plastic pollution

Federico Villatoro

País:

Guatemala

Año de Grado:

2018

Título de Tesis:

Dinámicas poblacionales en perros domésticos de área rural: efectos del manejo humano y sus consecuencias epidemiológicas y de conservación

Federico Villatoro

País:

Guatemala

Año de Grado:

2018

Título de Tesis:

Dinámicas poblacionales en perros domésticos de área rural: efectos del manejo humano y sus consecuencias epidemiológicas y de conservación

Andrés Valenzuela Sánchez

País:

Chile

Año de Grado:

2017

Título de Tesis:

Is chytridiomycosis a threat to the endangered mouth-brooding frog (Rhinoderma darwinii)? A multi-approach disease risk assessment

Sylvia Rojas Hucks

País:

Colombia

Año de Grado:

2017

Título de Tesis:

Efectos de compuestos orgánicos persistentes en Xenopus laevis (Daudin, 1803) y su posible uso como bioindicador en la zona central de Chile

Marcelo Flores Morales

País:

Chile

Año de Grado:

2017

Título de Tesis:

Effects of invasive alien species on a ground-nesting seabird in an oceanic island: the case of the red-tailed tropicbird (Phaeton rubricauda) on Easter Island

Macarena Barros Lama

País:

Chile

Año de Grado:

2017

Título de Tesis:

Surveillance and epidemiologic evaluation for Toxoplasma gondii, parvovirus, distemper virus and Leptospira in domestics pets, American mink (Neovison vison) and Southern river otter (Lontra provocax) in Southern Chile

Andrés Valenzuela Sánchez

País:

Chile

Año de Grado:

2017

Título de Tesis:

Is chytridiomycosis a threat to the endangered mouth-brooding frog (Rhinoderma darwinii)? A multi-approach disease risk assessment

Sylvia Rojas Hucks

País:

Colombia

Año de Grado:

2017

Título de Tesis:

Efectos de compuestos orgánicos persistentes en Xenopus laevis (Daudin, 1803) y su posible uso como bioindicador en la zona central de Chile

Marcelo Flores Morales

País:

Chile

Año de Grado:

2017

Título de Tesis:

Effects of invasive alien species on a ground-nesting seabird in an oceanic island: the case of the red-tailed tropicbird (Phaeton rubricauda) on Easter Island

Macarena Barros Lama

País:

Chile

Año de Grado:

2017

Título de Tesis:

Surveillance and epidemiologic evaluation for Toxoplasma gondii, parvovirus, distemper virus and Leptospira in domestics pets, American mink (Neovison vison) and Southern river otter (Lontra provocax) in Southern Chile

Emma Stapleton

País:

Estados Unidos

Año de Grado:

2016

Título de Tesis:

Impact of indoor vegetation on exposure to ultrafine particulate matter in homes in Santiago, Chile

Bárbara Ramos Humeres

País:

Chile

Año de Grado:

2016

Título de Tesis:

Variación interespecífica e intraespecífica de genes relacionados con termorregulación en pingüinos

Emma Stapleton

País:

Estados Unidos

Año de Grado:

2016

Título de Tesis:

Impact of indoor vegetation on exposure to ultrafine particulate matter in homes in Santiago, Chile

Bárbara Ramos Humeres

País:

Chile

Año de Grado:

2016

Título de Tesis:

Variación interespecífica e intraespecífica de genes relacionados con termorregulación en pingüinos

Francisca Astorga Arancibia

País:

Chile

Año de Grado:

2015

Título de Tesis:

Free-ranging dogs in central Chile: emerging threats to public health, wildlife, and the human dimensions behind the problem

María Claudia Elizondo Patrone

País:

Uruguay

Año de Grado:

2015

Título de Tesis:

Respuesta de la comunidad microbiana al enriquecimiento de amonio excretado por salmones en ecosistemas de fiordos

Daniela Poo Muñoz

País:

Chile

Año de Grado:

2015

Título de Tesis:

Where wilderness and humans meet: assessing interactions between people and wild and domestic carnivores in a fragmented landscape

Francisca Astorga Arancibia

País:

Chile

Año de Grado:

2015

Título de Tesis:

Free-ranging dogs in central Chile: emerging threats to public health, wildlife, and the human dimensions behind the problem

María Claudia Elizondo Patrone

País:

Uruguay

Año de Grado:

2015

Título de Tesis:

Respuesta de la comunidad microbiana al enriquecimiento de amonio excretado por salmones en ecosistemas de fiordos

Daniela Poo Muñoz

País:

Chile

Año de Grado:

2015

Título de Tesis:

Where wilderness and humans meet: assessing interactions between people and wild and domestic carnivores in a fragmented landscape

Sebastián Alberto Klarian Klarian

País:

Chile

Año de Grado:

2014

Título de Tesis:

Changes in trophic levels and accumulation of heavy metals in oceanic sharks of south pacific waters

Manuel Roberto García-Huidobro Moreno

País:

Chile

Año de Grado:

2014

Título de Tesis:

Efecto del manejo de recursos bentónicos sobre la relación hospedador-parásito y sus implicancias en la conservación de tres especies de moluscos de importancia económica en la zona central de Chile

Luis Emilio Escobar Quiñonez

País:

Guatemala

Año de Grado:

2014

Título de Tesis:

Panorama epidemiológico de la rabia en murciélagos de Chile

Sebastián Alberto Klarian Klarian

País:

Chile

Año de Grado:

2014

Título de Tesis:

Changes in trophic levels and accumulation of heavy metals in oceanic sharks of south pacific waters

Manuel Roberto García-Huidobro Moreno

País:

Chile

Año de Grado:

2014

Título de Tesis:

Efecto del manejo de recursos bentónicos sobre la relación hospedador-parásito y sus implicancias en la conservación de tres especies de moluscos de importancia económica en la zona central de Chile

Luis Emilio Escobar Quiñonez

País:

Guatemala

Año de Grado:

2014

Título de Tesis:

Panorama epidemiológico de la rabia en murciélagos de Chile

Claudio Azat Soto

País:

Chile

Año de Grado:

2013

Título de Tesis:

Saving the last mouth brooding frogs: is chytridiomycosis driving Darwin’s frogs to extinction?

Claudio Azat Soto

País:

Chile

Año de Grado:

2013

Título de Tesis:

Saving the last mouth brooding frogs: is chytridiomycosis driving Darwin’s frogs to extinction?