PhD Candidate in Oceanography, ULaval (2013–)
Marine Biologist, U. Católica del Norte
BSc in Marine Science, U. Católica del Norte
Candidat au doctorat en océanographie, ULaval (2013–)
Biologiste marine, U. Católica del Norte
Baccalauréat en science maritime, U. Católica del Norte
With a degree in marine biology, the focus of Leonardo's research is mainly in marine ecology. In particular, drift algae ecology has been his main research subject, especially floating (i.e. rafting) algae as a dispersal vector for marine invertebrate species. His research interest was initially developed when he was a research assistant in Chile.
His doctoral research is currently focused on the role and dynamic of drift/wrack algae in a boreal system. He is attempting to understand the impact of sea ice (ice scour) on benthic algae communities and the subsequent temporal and spatial variability in the accumulation of this scraped algae in coastal areas. In addition, he is interested in the role of wrack algae as marine subsidy in low productivity areas. Leonardo's works in this area will focus on identifying temporal patterns of marine invertebrates colonization that profit from this subsidy.