Dr. Raul A. Ugarte graduated as Marine Biologist from the Universidad de Concepción in Chile in 1982. He worked on the establishment of Gracilaria farms in southern Chile until 1984 and later joined the laboratory of Dr. Bernabé Santelices at the Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago, where he worked on applied phycology until 1988. Later that year, he traveled to Canada for a training program on resource management with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), under the direction of Dr. John Pringle and Glyn Sharp.
In 1990, he enrolled in a graduate program at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1994. In 1995, Raul joined Acadian Seaplants Limited, the largest independent seaweed processing company in Canada, where he remains as a research scientist until today. Dr. Ugarte is responsible for the extensive annual stock assessment program to evaluate biomass of the resource Ascophyllum nodosum along an extension of more than 2,500 km of shoreline under the company's responsibility in the Maritime Region of eastern Canada. His responsibilities with this resource also include research on habitat impact of commercial harvesting, population dynamics, and ecological research as well as the biomass assessment of other economically important seaweed species (e.g., Chondrus, Alaria, Laminaria, etc.). His work, spanning more than 20 years in the rocky intertidal of the Maritimes, has given him a unique insight into the distribution and abundance of the seaweed flora of the region.
Dr. Ugarte currently lives in Rothesay, New Brunswick, Canada.
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