2013 and 2014 CONICYT Grants: Publications

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CLAS Research: 2013 and 2014 Conicyt Grants

CLAS is pleased to report ongoing results from the 2013 and 2014 Conicyt Research Grants, supporting collaboration between UC Berkeley and Chilean researchers.


Geophysical Exploration of Hotspot-generated Ridges off South America
Prof. Mark Richards (UC Berkeley) and Prof. Eduardo Contreras-Reyes (Universidad de Chile)

The group studied existing geophysical data (bathymetry, gravity, seismic reflection/refraction) from various South American ridges, with the goal of achieving a better understanding of the deep crustal structure and evolution of those features. As a result of CONICYT funding, PI Eduardo Contreras-Reyes published “Control of high oceanic features and subduction channel on earthquake ruptures along the Chile–Peru subduction zone” in the journal Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors

The research team is also working with Chilean graduate student Felipe Orellana-Rovirosa from UC Berkeley’s Department of Earth and Planetary Science. As a result of his participation in the CONICYT-funded project, Orellana-Rovirosa and Prof. Mark Richards published “Evidence and models for lower crustal flow beneath the Galápagos platform” in the journal Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems. In that same journal, the two co-PI’s published the article, “Petrological interpretation of deep crustal intrusive bodies beneath oceanic hotspot provinces,” as they first began to develop their CONICYT research grant application.

 Cover of "Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors."

A Few Seconds of Warning

Margaret Hellweg, a member of the research team funded by a CLAS/CONICYT grant, shares the team’s findings on earthquake prevention technology in Chile and California. The team is led by Richard Allen of UC Berkeley and Sergio E. Barrientos of the Universidad de Chile. They published the article in the Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies.

 The first page of Margaret Hellweg's "A Few Seconds of Warning."

The Wine is the Land

Researchers from UC Berkeley and Chile explore the impacts of climate change and strategies for the future of vineyards in California and Chile. The team is led by Adina Merenlender of UC Berkeley and Olga Barbosa of the Universidad Austral de Chile. They published an article in the fall 2014 issues of the Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies. The research group is working to make their research available to the wine industry through a bilingual website. 

 The first two pages of Adina Merenlender's "The Wine is the Land."
Prof. Rosita Scherson of the Universidad de Chile and Prof. Bruce Baldwin of UC Berkeley were funded by CONICYT to research the patterns of floristic diversity in the two endangered Mediterranean-type floras of California and Chile. UC Berkeley researchers traveled to the Universidad de Chile campus to co-teach a well-attended workshop on phylogeny and biodiversity at the Departamento de Silvacultura y Conservación de la Naturaleza. This research collaboration has resulted in a manuscript titled “Spatial Phylogenetics of the Vascular Flora of Chile,” which will be submitted for publication in an academic journal yet to be selected.  

Growing Up Way Too Fast

Researchers examined why girls are beginning puberty earlier than ever before and how this impacts long-term well-being. The team is led by Prof. Julianna Deardorff of UC Berkeley and Prof. Camila Corvalán of the Universidad de Chile. An article summarizing this public health research project was published in the fall 2014 issue of the Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies.

 Pages from "Growing Up Way Too Fast."
 “From Plant Ecology to Nonlinear Optics, and a Few Places in Between

UC Berkeley Ph.D. candidate Punit Gandhi wrote about his participation in the research project led by Edgar Knobloch of UC Berkeley and Marcel Clerc of the Universidad de Chile for the Center for Latin American Studies’ blog. The team is working on a broad range of theory and experiments that highlight the universality of nonlinear phenomena across many fields. 

 Screen capture of "From Plant Ecology to Nonlinear Optics, and a Few Places in Between."



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