Fernanda X. Oyarzún

Research associate at CIBAS and Facultad de Ciencias de la Universidad Católica de la Ssma Concepción
Research associate at Centro i~mar, Universidad de los Lagos, Chile

Fernanda X. Oyarzun, PhD in Biology, University of Washington, Seattle USA, is a biologist, scientific illustrator and sculptor, who works in both worlds —science and art— exploring the life, forms and evolution of marine biodiversity. Her scientific research, from which she also draws artistic inspiration, focuses on the evolution of life history strategies, larval ecology, reproduction and plasticity of marine invertebrates. She has taught and participated in projects on interdisciplinary pedagogy, outreach and communication and visualization of science. Most recently her sculptural projects “Phylogenetic school” and “Marine consciousness” explored research on the evolution of species diversity in fishes and cephalopods. She has received the Fulbright Scholarship, the Distinguish Teaching Ingrith Deyrup-Olsen Award (UW), the Excellence in Teaching Award (UW), and in 2014 she won the Art&Science Funds from the Universidad de Concepción. At present she is a research associate of CIBAS and Facultad de Ciencias of the Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, and of the research center i~mar of the Universidad de los Lagos, Región de los Lagos, Chile. She also works independently as an artist in her studio.  http://www.fernandaoyarzun.com