Puerto Natales, Chile
Ph.D. in Biological Sciences (Plant Science)
School of Plant Science, University of Tasmania (Tasmania, Australia)
Licenciate Degree in Biological Sciences
Escuela de Ciencias Biologicas, Universidad Austral de Chile (Valdivia, Chile)
SFS 3601 Earth Systems and Climate Science
The School for Field Studies
Giselle is a Chilean paleobotanist who did her undergraduate studies at Universidad Austral de Chile. During her honors thesis, she developed research focusing on the identification of plant macrofossils from the Eemian Interglacial period in the Valdivian region. She later received a scholarship from the National Research and Development Agency of Chile (ANID) to complete her Ph. D. in Biological Sciences at the University of Tasmania, Australia. Her Ph.D. research was mainly focused on the study of plant macrofossils to investigate how alpine and subalpine plants have responded to the environmental changes that occurred from the transition of the last glaciation to current interglacial Holocene conditions in south-central Tasmania. After finishing her doctorate studies, she received a research grant from the National Fund for Scientific and Technological Research (FONDECYT) to develop her postdoctoral studies using fossil leaves to study CO2 and vegetation changes in south-central Chile over the last 26,000 years. Giselle’s research is mainly focused on the analysis of leaf cuticles to assist pollen-based vegetation reconstructions. She also has a deep interest in working with actualistic taphonomy of plant remains that can provide us with a better understanding of the fossil record.
My research interests are mainly related to the reconstruction of paleoclimate and paleoecology using plant macrofossils, particularly fossil leaves. Additionally, I have developed a deep interest in actualistic plant taphonomy to aid with the interpretation of the plant fossil record. I have also developed interests in studying plant remains from early human settlements in southern Chile and modern leaf plant traits —leaf veins and stomata—to study specific environmental aspects such as past levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide and forest structure.