Dr. Marcus Sobarzo is the new Head of the Department of Oceanography
As of May 2nd 2011, Dr. Marcus Sobarzo is the new Head of the Department of Oceanography of the Faculty of Natural and Oceanographic Sciences of the University of Concepcion. Dr. Sobarzo was elected on April 28th, 2011. He succeeds Dr. Marco Salamanca.
Dr. Sobarzo received his degree as a marine biologist and a Masters Degree in Science (Oceanography) from the University of Concepcion. After having completed a one-year stay at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, he received his PhD in Oceanography from the same University in 2000. His area of interest is coastal physical oceanography.
With a vast teaching experience in the undergraduate and post graduate programs and in coastal oceanographic research, Dr. Sobarzo served as Head of the Graduate Program in Oceanography, prior to his election.
Among the main tasks of his administration, Dr. Sobarzo highlights the strengthening of the marine biology undergraduate program, the continuous development of the postgraduate program in oceanography and the implementation of outreach activities. Among the many challenges, the building of a new Marine Station in Dichato that replaces the one devastated by the tsunami that hit central Chile on February 27, 2010, constitutes a main priority.