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Volume 43 - Number 3 - 2008

Fifty years from the publication of the first two papers on Chilean rocky intertidal assemblages: Honoring Professor Eric R. Guiler

Juan Carlos Castilla1


1Departamento de Ecología & Centre for Advances Studies in Ecology and Biodiversity (CASEB). Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Casilla 114-D, Santiago, Chile



In this paper I review and honor the scientific rocky intertidal findings made by the Australian investigator Professor Eric R. Guiler, who visited Chile in 1955. He pioneered this line of research in the country and published the first two papers on the Chilean rocky intertidal biotic zonation for northern and central Chile: Guiler 1959a, b. I remark Guiler´s main observations and hypotheses about the structure and dynamics of these systems. I highlight the observations made by Guiler inside the Bay of Antofagasta and contrast them with recent experimental ecological work carried out inside this bay. Finally, I refer to the extensive and significant contributions made by Chilean researchers in this line of research and international recognition

Key words: First published papers, intertidal



1Laboratorio de Zooplancton, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología,Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. A. P. 70-305, 04510 México, D. F. México
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