Gabriela Garcia-Soto

Gabriela C. Garcia-Soto

Email: gcgarcasoto@crimson.ua.edu

 

CURRENT POSITION

Professor/Researcher (Category II).

Courses: Botany I (940403), Biology and Ecology of

Macroalgae (940431). Departamento de Biologia, Facultad Experimental de Ciencias,

Universidad del Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela. October 2008 to present

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Biology and ecology of macroalgae of the Caribbean. I am particularly interested in red

macroalgae (Ceramiales), their taxonomy and phylogeny. I have been working with taxonomic

identification of this group since 2005, based merely on anatomical features and I want to

incorporate molecular tools to my research to obtain a more accurate identification of the taxa.

 

EDUCATION

2011 to present. PhD. student. Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama,

Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA.

July 2011. Magister Scientiarum in Aquatic Ecology. Division de Estudios para Graduados,

Facultad Experimental de Ciencias, Universidad del Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela.

March 2007. Licentiate in Biology. Departamento de Biologia, Facultad Experimental de

Ciencias, Universidad del Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Garcia G. and J. Barrios. 2011. Presencia de Centroceras gasparrinii en Venezuela: descripcion

y comparacion morfoanatomica con C. clavuatum sensu stricto (in press).

Garcia G. and N. Ortiz. 2011. Macroalgas epifitas asociadas a rodofitas de Cabo San Roman,

Peninsula de Paraguana, Estado Falcon, Venezuela. Bol. Inst. Oceanogr. Venezuela 50 (1): 9-29.

García, G. y M. Solé. 2010. Herbario y Ficoteca de Macroalgas: Manual de Administracion y

Procedimientos. Fundación La Salle de Ciencias Naturales. Colección de Cuadernos Flasa. Serie

Ciencia y Tecnología. EDIMAR Contribution Nº: 363.

Garcia G., Ortiz N. y J. Barrios. 2009. Nueva adicion a la ficoflora de Venezuela: Griffithsia

caribaea Feldmann (Ceramiaceae, Rhodophyta). Bol. Inst. Oceanogr. Venezuela 48 (1): 53-56.

 

DISTINCTIONS

Publication Mention of the Undergraduate Thesis titled: “Taxonomic Characterization of

Epiphytic Macroalgae associated to Marine Benthic Macroalgae at the Intertidal Zone of Cabo

San Román, Venezuela” (November, 2006)

Honorific Mention. Research work presented as a promotion requisite (Category II-Assistant):

“Adiciones el Genero Centroceras Kutzing de Venezuela: descripcion morfoanatomica y analisis

comparativo con C. clavulatum (Agardh) Montagne sensu stricto. (July, 2010).

Honorific Mention. Dissertation presented as a requisite to obtain the Degree of Magister

Scientiarum in Aquatic Ecology. “Variacion espacio-temporal de las comunidades de macroalgas

del Malecon de Zapara, Estado Zulia, Venezuela” (July, 2011)

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Member of The Phycological Society of Latin American and the Caribbean (since 2007 to the

present)

Member of The Association of Graduated in Sciences of Zulia State (AEC) (since 2008 to the

present)

Member of the Phycological Society of America (PSA) (since 2011 to present)

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Graduate Teaching Assistant. Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama.

August 2011 to May 2012 (Fall-Spring)

Professor/Researcher. Courses: Botany I (940403), Biology and Ecology of Macroalgae

(940431). Departamento de Biologia, Facultad Experimental de Ciencias, Universidad del Zulia,

Maracaibo, Venezuela. October 2008 to present

October 2004 to October 2005. Lab Assistant (Botany I). Departamento de Biologia, Facultad

Experimental de Ciencias, Universidad del Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Co-Principal Investigator. CONDES Project CC-0448-08: Comparative anatomical study on

specimens of “Centroceras clavulatum” (C. Agardh) Montagne (Ceramiales, Rhodophyta).

Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela. 2007-2008.

Co-Principal Investigator. CONDES Project CC-0612-08: Taxonomic studies on ceramiaceous

epiphytic species of the rocky intertidal, San Román Cape, Falcón State. Maracaibo, Zulia,

Venezuela. 2007-2008.

Research Assistant. Herbario y Ficoteca MOBR- EDIMAR, Fundación La Salles de Ciencias

Naturales. May-July 2006.

 

PARTICIPATION IN CONGRESSES

IX Congreso Latinoamericano de Botánica, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (June, 2006).

Posters:

Taxonomic characterization of marine benthic macroalgae of the intertidal zone of Cabo

San Román, Venezuela

Taxonomic characterization of epiphytic macroalgae associated to marine benthic

macroalgae at the Intertidal Zone of Cabo San Román, Venezuela

XVIII Congreso Venezolano de Botánica (XVIII Venezuelan Botanical Congress),

Barquisimeto, Lara, Venezuela (May, 2009). Poster:

Comparative anatomical study on specimens of Centroceras clavulatum (C. Agardh)

Montagne (Ceramiaceae, Rhodophyta)

64th Annual Meeting of the Phycological Soceity of America, Michigan, USA (July, 2010).

Poster:

The Genus Ceramium Roth in Venezuela with emphasis on species bearing

pseudoperiaxial cells.

 

 

 

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