Paulina Bahamonde

dra paula bahamonde

LACER/HUB Ambiental UPLA Researcher

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OCORCID: 0000-0002-8880-8463

1.- Formation 

2010-2014. PhD Biology, University of New Brunswick, New Brunswick, Canadá.

2002-2007. Biochemist, Universidad de Concepción, Concepción, Chile.

2.- Research areas

- Transcriptomics

- Ecotoxicology

- Biomonitoring

- Endocrine disruptors

My research focuses on the development of environmental monitoring programs and molecular indicators of toxicity; the focus is on improving our ability to assess ecosystem health using wild populations as integrators of environmental conditions. Transcriptomics is the tool for evaluating anthropogenic effects in fish with an emphasis on endocrine disruption, persistent organic pollutants, and trace metals. In addition, I highlight the importance of coordinating scientific research and environmental education programs to promote the conservation of ecosystems.

3.- Articles

Chiang G., Kidd K.A., Diaz-Jaramillo M., Espejo W., Bahamonde P., O’Driscoll N.J., Munkittrick K.R. (2020) Methylmercury biomagnification in coastal aquatic food webs from western Patagonia and western Antarctic peninsula. Chemosphere (Q1, IF 5.108).

Espejo W., Celis J.E., Chiang G., Bahamonde P. (2020). Environment and Covid-19: Pollutants, impacts, dissemination, management and recommendations for facing future epidemic threats. Science of the Total Environment (WoS Q1, IF 6.551). doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.141314

Leslie M.S., Perkins-Taylor C.M., Durban J.W, Moore M.J., Miller C.A., Chanarat P., Bahamonde P., Chiang G., Apprill A. (2020) Body size data collected non-invasively from drone images indicate morphologically distinct Chilean blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus Linnaeus 1758). Endangered Species Research (Q1, IF 2.290)

García-Cegarra A., Padilha J., Ferreira Braz B., Ricciardi R., Espejo W., Chiang G., Bahamonde P. (2020). Concentration of trace elements in long-finned pilot whales stranded in northern Patagonia, Chile. Marine Pollution Bulletin (WoS Q1, IF 4.049). 151, 110822. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.110822

Bahamonde P., Berrocal C., Barra R., McMaster M.E., Munkittrick K.R., Chiang G. (2019). Mucus phosphoproteins as an indirect measure of endocrine disruption in native small-bodied freshwater fish, exposed to wastewater treatment plant and pulp and paper mill effluents. Gayana (WoS Q4, IF 0.455). 83(1), 10-20. doi:10.4067/S0717-65382019000100010

Español-Jiménez S., Bahamonde P., Chiang G., Häussermann V. (2019). Discovering sounds in Patagonia, characterizing sei whale (Balaenoptera borealis) downsweeps in the south-eastern Pacific Ocean. Ocean Science (WoS Q2, IF 3.337). doi:10.5194/os-2018-64

Saddler M., Bocconcelli A., Hickmott L.S., Chiang G., Landea-Briones R., Bahamonde, P., Howes G., Segre P.S., Sayigh L.S. (2017). Characterizing Chilean blue whale vocalizations with DTAGs: A test of using tag accelerometers for caller identification. Journal of Experimental Biology (WoS Q2, IF 3.439) 220 (22): 4119-4129 doi: 10.1242/jeb.151498.

Fuzzen M.L M., Bragg L.M., Tetreault G.R., Bahamonde P.A., Tanna R.N., Bennett C.J., McMaster M.E., Servos M.R. (2016). An assessment of the spatial and temporal variability of biological responses to municipal wastewater effluent in rainbow darter (Etheostoma caeruleum) collected along an urban gradient. PLoS ONE (WoS Q2, IF ‎2.740) doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0164879

Durban, J.W., Moore, M., Chiang, G., Hickmott, L.S., Bocconcelli, A, Howes, G., Bahamonde, P.A., Perryman, W.L., LeRoi, D.J. (2016). Photogrammetry of blue whales with an unmanned hexacopter: a tool for monitoring the recovery of large whales. Marine Mammal Science (WoS Q2, IF 1.651). doi: 10.1111/mms.12328

Sánchez A.B., Bahamonde P.A., Martyniuk C.J., Betancourt M., Munkittrick K.R. (2016). Hepatic gene expression profiling in zebrafish (Danio rerio) exposed to the fungicide chlorothalonil. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part D: Genomics and Proteomics (WoS Q2, IF 3.011) 19: 102-111 doi:10.1016/j.cbd.2016.04.004

Bahamonde P.A., Feswick A., Isaacs M.A., Munkittrick K.R., Martyniuk C.J. (2016). Defining the role for omics in ecotoxicology: perspectives from the Canadian environmental monitoring program. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (WoS Q2, IF 3.152) 35 (1): 20-35. doi:10.1002/etc.3218.

Chiang G., Barra R., Díaz-Jaramillo M., Rivas M., Bahamonde P., Munkittrick K.R. (2015). Estrogenicity and intersex in juvenile rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) exposed to Pine/Eucalyptus pulp and paper production effluent in Chile. Aquatic Toxicology (WoS Q1, IF 4.344). 164: 126–134 doi:10.1016/j.aquatox.2015.04.025

Bahamonde P.A., Fuzzen M., Bennett C.J., Tetreault G.R., McMaster M.E., Servos M.R., Martyniuk C.J., Munkittrick K.R. (2015). Whole organism responses and intersex severity in rainbow darter (Etheostoma caeruleum) following exposures to municipal wastewater in The Grand River basin, ON, Canada. Part A. Aquatic Toxicology (WoS Q1, IF 4.344). 159:290-301. doi:10.1016/j.aquatox.2014.11.023

Bahamonde P.A., McMaster M.E., Servos M.R., Munkittrick K.R., Martyniuk C.J. (2015). Molecular pathways associated with the intersex condition in rainbow darter (Etheostoma caeruleum) following exposures to municipal wastewater in The Grand River basin, ON, Canada. Part B. Aquatic Toxicology (WoS Q1, IF 4.344). 159:302-16. doi:10.1016/j.aquatox.2014.11.022

Bahamonde P.A., Tetreault G.R., McMaster M.E., Servos M.R., Martyniuk C.J., Munkittrick K.R. (2014). Molecular signatures in rainbow darter (Etheostoma caeruleum) inhabiting an urbanized river reach receiving wastewater effluents. Aquatic Toxicology (WoS Q1, IF 4.344). 148: 211-20. doi:10.1016/j.aquatox.2014.01.010

Bahamonde P.A., Munkittrick K.R., Martyniuk C.J. (2013). Intersex in teleost fish: Are we distinguishing endocrine disruption from natural phenomena? General and Comparative Endocrinology (WoS Q3, IF 2.426) 192: 25-35. doi: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2013.04.005

Montory, M., E. Habit, P., Bahamonde, P. Fernandez, J.O. Grimalt, K. Saez, I. Rudolph, R. Barra. (2010). Polychlorinated biphenyls in farmed and wild Onchorhynchus kisutch and Onchorhynchus mykiss from the Chilean Patagonia. Environmental Science and Pollution Research (WoS Q2, IF 3.056). 18: 629-637 doi: 10.1007/s11356-010-0408-x

4.- Book chapters

Valencia C., Caro F., Howes G., Chiang G., Bahamonde P. (2019). Guía didáctica aguas Patagónicas: de la cordillera al mar. Ediciones Fundación MERI. ISBN 978 956 9834 05 9.

Valencia C., Caro F., Guzmán G., Howes G., Cifuentes M., Bahamonde P. Ruta de Navegación Educativa: El Agua Patagónica. (2018). Proyecto explora Conicyt de Valorización y Divulgación de la Ciencia y la Tecnología 2017-2018.

Howes G., Bahamonde P.A., Galaz E. Tapia M., Bunster M.J., Espinoza V. & G. Chiang. (2016). Guía Didáctica de Cetáceos, Golfo de Corcovado, Patagonia Norte, Chile. Ediciones Fundación MERI. ISBN 978 956 9834 01 1.

Caballero L., Galeno M., Bezama A., Barra R., Bahamonde P., Correa M., Jiménez J. Eds. (2008). Inventario Nacional de PCBs de Otros Usos. CONAMA, Gobierno de Chile y Centro EULA-Chile. 104 pp.

Caballero L., Galeno M., Bezama A., Barra R., Bahamonde P., Correa M., Jiménez J. Eds. (2008). Estudio de Identificación de Capacidades y Necesidades de Investigación sobre COPs en Chile. CONAMA, Gobierno de Chile and Centro EULA-Chile. 100 pp.

5.- Research projects

-[2020-2022] FONDECYT Postdoctoral 3200302: Rare earth elements bioaccumulation and their trophic transfer in freshwater ecosystems from different geographical locations of Chile. Financiado por ANID Rol: Co-patrocinador

-[2018-2020] FONDECYT Iniciación 11180914 GE Biología 1+ Mercury bioaccumulation and mechanistic information of endocrine disruption on top predator’s rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and brown trout (Salmo trutta) along Chile´s latitudinal gradient– Financiado por ANID (Chile) Rol: Investigador Principal

-[2018-2020] Participation in FONDECYT 1181758 “Assessing freshwater health in the context of global change: an approach using invasive species and molecular epidemiology” Liderado por Claudio-Azat. Financiado por ANID (Chile) – Rol: Colaborador

-[2017-2019] “Millennium Core of Invasive Salmonids INVASAL” Liderado por Daniel Gómez-Uchida. Financiado por Ministerio de Economíay, Desarrollo y Turismo (Chile) –  Rol: Investigador joven  

-[2015-2019] FONDECYT 1161504. Influence of landscape and physical-chemical features of Patagonian watersheds on freshwater and coastal mercury bioavailability and biomagnification through aquatic food webs. Liderado por Gustavo Chiang. Financiado por CONICYT (Chile) – Rol: Coinvestigador

-[2015-2019] “Investigation into the ecology and behavior of blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus) in the Gulf of Corcovado, Chile”. Liderado por Gustavo Chiang. Financiado por Fundación MERI – Rol: Coinvestigador

-[2015] “The war of a hundred years: Assessing the effects of introduced salmonids on native fishes at small streams in Patagonian freshwater systems”. Financiado por Rufford Small Grand Foundation. – Rol: Investigador Principal

-[2010-2014] Molecular methods and biomarker characterization to evaluate reproductive impacts of municipal wastewater effluents on the rainbow darter (Etheostoma caeruleum). Liderado por Kelly Munckittrick. Financiado por Canadian Water Network – Rol: PhD candidate

-[2009-2010] INACH 18-09. “Persistent Organic Pollutants in the Antarctic Peninsula, trends, transport, bioaccumulation and potential effects” Liderado por Ricardo Barra. Financiado por INACH – Rol: Asistente de Investigación

-[2009-2010] Estudio de sedimentos en fiordos y canales del sur de chile: ¿Sumidero de Bifenilos Policlorados e Hidrocarburos Policíclicos Aromáticos? Liderado por Ricardo Barra. Financiado por CONA – Rol: Asistente de Investigación

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