Universidad de Chile, Chile
Julieta Orlando is a microbiologist (2003) from Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto, Argentina. Later she obtained her Doctorate in Sciences with mention in Microbiology (2008) at the Universidad de Chile (UCh). She is currently Associate Professor of the Department of Ecological Sciences of the Faculty of Sciences of the UCh. Her research line covers topics within the areas of environmental microbiology and microbial ecology. She is currently evaluating (i) the influence of the settlements of Antarctic marine animals on the diversity of edaphic bacterial communities, with emphasis on those that participate in the nitrogen cycle; (ii) the role of microbial communities in the colonization of volcanic soils in southern Chile, and (iii) the factors that determine the successful establishment of inter-specific associations using lichens as models, in particular representatives of the Peltigera genus that grow in the South of Chile. For 4 years she has been the Coordinator of the Pedagogy in Secondary Education in Biology and Chemistry of the UCh, an nomination that has been recognized at the national level with the designation as (i) supervisor and evaluator of Resources of the CRA School Libraries (MinEduc, 2016) and (ii) representative of the central zone of Chile for the revision of the standards of Biology of Secondary Education (PUC-CPEIP-MinEduc, 2017-2018). In addition, in the administrative field she has experience as (i) coordinator of the Seminars of the Department of Ecological Sciences of the Faculty of Sciences (UCh, 2014-2015), (ii) elected counsellor of the Department of Ecological Sciences of the Faculty of Sciences (UCh, 2015-2017), (iii) alternate representative of the Ecology Society of Chile in the Civil Society Council (COSOC) of the Chilean Antarctic Institute (INACH, 2016-2018), and (iv) elected director of the directive board of the Biology Society of Chile (SocBiol, 2019-2020).