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Chilean scientist Pablo Marquet new member World Academy of Sciences

SANTIAGO – A Chilean scientist has become national pride after being accepted into the World Academy of Sciences. Research on climate change and ecology of cancer has brought Pablo Marquet this prestigious post.

The World Academy of Sciences (Twas) has chosen 55 new members, among them Pablo Marquet. He is an active member of the Ecology Department of the University of Chile and a fellow at the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity (IEB).

Pablo Marquet told Pontifical Catholic University of Chile: “For me it is a great honor to join the group of prominent scientists of the Twas. It is an important academy whose aim is to promote and consolidate the development of science in developing countries.” The 55-year-old researcher has received several distinctions, among them the Guggenheim scholarship and a prize for the best young scientist.

So far, only 19 other Chilean scientists have been incorporated in the Twas, three of them working at the same faculty as Marquet. They are Juan Carlos Castilla Zenobi, Nibaldo C. Inestrosa, Rafael Vicuña. Requirements to become a member establish that the researcher must be recognized as an excellent scientist, should be under 70 years old and form part of an equal science academy in the country of origin.

Marquet’s research has mainly focused on the quest for general principles underlying the complexity of ecological systems. In addition, Marquet has worked on the impact global change has on biodiversity. Integrating theories in ecology and the ecological basis of human social complexity is also among his experience. Further underlining his credentials, Marquet is  International Fellow and External faculty of Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico, USA.

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