Dr Mauricio Orostica

Postdoctoral Fellow: Marine Biology

BSc (Marine Biology). Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, Concepción. Chile (2008).

MSc (Marine Science). Universidad Católica del Norte, Coquimbo. Chile (2013).

PhD (Ocean Sciences). Bangor University, Menai Bridge. United Kingdom (2019).


Email: m.orosticavega@ru.ac.za

Project title:

Range edge effects on performance traits of both non-native and native mussel species. 

Supervisor: Prof Christopher McQuaid

My main background is focused on marine ecology, particularly on processes, as well as mechanisms which are affecting intertidal habitats at small and large spatial scales. I am from Chile and completed my BSc in Marine Biology from the "Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción" (Concepción) in 2008. For my BSc thesis, I evaluated the detachment of papillae and blades as a potential alternative dispersal in the non-indigenous alga Mastocarpus spp. on the south-central zone of Chilean coast. In 2013, I obtained an MSc in Marine Science at "Universidad Católica del Norte" (Coquimbo) where I determined the role of the grazer assemblage on the spatial patterns of recruits of Lessonia after 'kelp-harvesting' activities. In 2019, I finished my PhD at Bangor University, where I evaluated ecological interactions between two congeneric limpet species in north-west Europe. As part of a post-doctoral fellowship at the Department of Zoology and Entomology (2019, Rhodes University), I will conduct experiments to test how different mussel species can be influenced by range edge effects 

Research Interests:

Intertidal Ecology
Experimental Ecology
Species Interactions
Climate Change


Research Gate

Recent Publications

Oróstica MH, Hawkins SJ, Broitman BR, Jenkins SR. Performance of a warm-water limpet species towards its poleward range edge compared to a colder-water congener. https://www.int-res.com/prepress/m13461.html

Parada GM, Martinez EA, Aguilera MA, Oróstica MH & Broitman BR (2017) Interactions between kelp spores and encrusting and articulated corallines: recruitment challenges for Lessonia spicata. Botanica Marina 60 (6): 619 – 625.

Oróstica MH, Aguilera MA, Vásquez JA, Donoso GA & Broitman BR (2014) Effect of grazing on distribution and recovery of harvested stands of Lessonia berteroana kelp in northern Chile. Marine Ecology Progress Series 511: 71 – 82.

Rodriguez DC, Oróstica MH & Vásquez JA (2014) Coalescence in wild organisms of the intertidal population of Lessonia berteroana in northern Chile: Management and sustainability effects. Journal of Applied Phycology 26: 1115 – 1122.

Oróstica MH, RD Otaíza & PE Neill (2012) Blades and papillae as likely dispersing propagules in Chilean populations of Mastocarpus sp. (Rhodophyta, Gigartinales). Revista de Biología Marina y Oceanografía 47: 109 – 119.


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