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Research Interests:
Marine Organic Geochemistry

Biochemical degradation of biopolymers in the ocean

Sedimentary record of organic biomarkers indicators of changes in oxygenation, changes temperature, and changes in microbial metabolism

Sinking fluxes of organic matter in the water column

Ph.D. Marine Sciences Research Center, State University of New York Stony Brook
M.S. Marine Sciences Research Center, State University of New York Stony Brook
Marine Biologist, University of Concepción, Chile
B.S. (Biology), University of Concepción, Chile

Awards and Honors
Editor Biogeosciences

Co-Chair of the Committee on International Capacity Building for the Protection and Sustainable Use of Oceans and Coasts. The National Academies US, 2006-2007

Member, SCOR-IOC-IGBP Planning Committee for the Second Symposium on The Ocean in a High-CO2 World, 2007-2008

Guest Editor, Deep Sea Research II Special volume: Oceanography in the eastern South Pacific II: The Oxygen Minimum Zone, 2006-2008

Guest Editor, Journal Geophysical Research (Oceans) Special Section: The Ocean in a High CO2 World, 2004-2005

Member, SCOR-IOC planning committee for the International Symposium The Ocean in a High CO2 World, Paris, May 2004

UNESCO IOC Chair in Oceanography, since 2002

Fulbright Visiting Scientist Fellowship. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego. 2002

Postdoctoral Scholar Award. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1997-1999

Pritchard award for Best Ph. D. Dissertation. MSRC, SUNY Stony Brook, 1997

Best published student paper award. The Geochemical Society -Organic Geochemistry Division, 1998

Pritchard Award for Best M.Sc. Thesis. MSRC, SUNY Stony Brook, 1992


Selected publications (go to full list)

S. Pantoja, JL Iriarte, GD Daneri. 2011. Oceanography of the Chilean Patagonia. Continental Shelf Research 31, 149-153

M. H. Gutiérrez, S. Pantoja, E. Tejos, R. A. Quiñones. 2011. Extracellular enzymatic hydrolysis in the upwelling ecosystem off Chile: The role of fungi processing marine organic matter. Marine Biology 158, 205-219

Marcelo H. Gutiérrez, Silvio Pantoja, Renato A. Quiñones, Rodrigo R. González. 2010. First record of filamentous fungi in the coastal upwelling ecosystem off Concepción, Chile. Gayana 74, 66-73

Silvio Pantoja, Pamela Rossel, Rodrigo Castro, Luis A. Cuevas, Giovanni Daneri, Candy Córdova. 2009. Microbial degradation rates of small peptides and amino acids in the OMZ of Chilean coastal waters. Deep-Sea Research II 56, 1055-1062

Osvaldo Ulloa, Silvio Pantoja. 2009. The oxygen minimum zone of the eastern South Pacific. Deep-Sea Research II 56, 987-991

Gabriel Vargas, Silvio Pantoja, José A Rutllant, Carina B Lange, Luc Ortlieb. Enhancement of coastal upwelling and interdecadal ENSO-like variability in the Peru-Chile Current since late 19th century. Geophysical Research Letters 34, L13607, doi:10.1029/2006GL028812

Lihini I. Aluwihare, Daniel J. Repeta, Silvio Pantoja, Carl G. Johnson. 2005. Two chemically distinct pools of organic nitrogen accumulate in the ocean. Science 308, 1007-1010

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