• Grado académico: Doctor en Ecología. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile.
  • Correo electrónico: abrante@ucsc.cl
  • Teléfono: +56-412345642

Doctor en Ecología. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile.

Doctor ‘Diversite du Vivant’. Université Paris VI, Francia.

Líneas de Investigación:

  • Ecología molecular en sistemas acuáticos
  • Evolución de estrategias de vida en invertebrados acuáticos
  • Perturbaciones ambientales y resiliencia en sistemas acuáticos




Brante A, Riera R, Cartes V. Post-settlement movement as response to interspecific competition between the bioengineer mussels Semimytilus algosus and Perumytilus purpuratus. Journal of Sea Research. doi.org/10.1016/j.seares.2019.101809. *

Figueroa N, Brante A. Estado actual del conocimiento de las bioinvasiones marinas en Venezuela: temáticas desarrolladas y tendencia temporal. Gayana 84: 1-15. *

Montecinos C, Riera R, Brante A . Site fidelity and homing behaviour in the intertidal species Chiton granosus (Polyplacophora) (Frembly 1889). Journal of Sea Research https://doi.org/10.1016/j.seares.2020.101932. *

Bórquez J, Valdovinos C, Brante A. Genetic structure and diversity in the freshwater gastropod Chilina dombeiana in the Biobío river, Chile. Conservation Genetic https://doi.org/10.1007/s10592-020-01308-z. *

Muñoz-Ramírez C, Barnes D, Cardenas L, Meredith M, Morley S, Roman-Gonzalez A, Sands C, Scourse J, Brante A. Gene flow in the Antarctic bivalve Aequiyoldia eightsii (Jay, 1839) suggests a role for the Antarctic Peninsula Coastal Current in larval dispersal. Royal Society Open Science https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.200603. *

Leclerc JC, Viard F, Brante A. Experimental and survey-based evidences for effective biotic resistance by predators in ports. Biological Invasions. 22: 339-352. *

Figueroa A, Cárdenas L, Caicedo M, Oyarzun F, Doherty D, Brante A Characterization of the expression of microRNAs in the poecilogonous polychaete B. wellingtonensis. Marine Genomic doi.org/10.1016/j.margen.2019.100736. *

Brante A, Riera R, Riquelme P. Aggressive interactions between the invasive anemone Anemonia alicemartinae and the native anemone Phymactis papillosa. Aquatic Biology 28: 127–136. *

Becheler R, Guillemin ML, Stoeckel S, Mauger S, Saunier A, Brante A, Destombe C, Valero M. After a catastrophe, a little bit of sex is better than nothing: Genetic consequences of a major earthquake on asexual and sexual populations. Evolutionary Applications DOI: 10.1111/eva.12967. *

Bascur M, Muñoz-Ramírez C, Román-González A, Sheen K, Barnes DKA, Sands CJ, Brante A, Urzúa Á, The influence of glacial melt and retreat on the nutritional condition of the bivalve Nuculana inaequisculpta (Protobranchia: Nuculanidae) in the West Antarctic Peninsula. PLoS ONE 15(5):e0233513. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0233513. *


Brante A, Guzmán-Rendón G, Barría EM, Guillemin ML, Vera-Escalona I  Hernández CE. Post-Disturbance Genetic changes: The Impact of the 2010 Mega-earthquake and tsunami on chilean Sandy Beach fauna. Scientific reports 9 (1), 1-12.

Doherty-Weason D, Oyarzun F, Vera L, Bascur M, Guzmán F, Silva F, Urzúa A, Brante A. Bioenergetics of parental investment in two polychaete species with contrasting reproductive strategies: The planktotrophic Boccardia chilensis and the poecilogonic Boccardia wellingtonensis (Spionidae). Marine Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/maec.12574. *

Leclerc JC, Viard F, González E, Díaz Ch, Neira J, Pérez K, Silva F, Brante A. Habitat type drives the distribution of non-indigenous species in fouling communities regardless of associated maritime traffic. Diversity and Distributions. https://doi.org/10.1111/ddi.12997. *

Brante A, Riera R, Cartes V. Post-settlement movement as response to interspecific competition between the bioengineer mussels Semimytilus algosus and Perumytilus purpuratus. Journal of Sea Research. doi.org/10.1016/j.seares.2019.101809. *

Strathmann RR, Brante A, Oyarzun FX. Contrasting metatrochal behavior of mollusc and annelid larvae and the regulation of feeding while swimming. Biological Bulletin 236: 130–143. *

Doherty-Weason D, Oyarzun FX, Vera L, Bascur M, Guzmán F, Silva R, Urzúa A and Brante A. Role of the larval feeding morphology and digestive enzyme activity in the early development of the polychaete Boccardia wellingtonensis. PeerJ 7:e6151 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.6151. *

Pinochet J, Rivera R, Neill P, Brante A. Spread of the non-native anemone Anemonia alicemartinae (Häussermann & Försterra, 2005) along the Humboldt-current large marine ecosystem: an ecological niche model approach. PeerJ 10.7717/peerj.7156. *


Pinochet J, Domínguez J, Neira E, Rojas C, Acuña E, Cancino JM & Brante A. Tidal height and sand as potential drivers of the ecological interaction of the two intertidal mussels Perumytilus purpuratus and Semimytilus algosus. Marine Ecology DOI: 10.1111/maec.12503. *

Leclerc JC, Viard F, González E, Díaz Ch., Neira J, Pérez K, Silva F, Brante A. Non-indigenous species contribute equally to biofouling communities in international vs. local ports in the Biobío region, Chile. Biofouling https://doi.org/10.1080/08927014.2018.1502276. *

Richter A, Gándara AM, Silva F, Brante A.The alien slipper limpet Crepipatella dilatata (Lamarck, 1819) in northern Spain: A multidisciplinary approach to its taxonomic identification and invasive biology. PlosOne https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0205739. *


Pinochet J, Leclerc J-C, Brante A, Daguin-Thiébaut C, Díaz C, Tellier F, Viard F Presence of the tunicate Asterocarpa humilison ship hulls and aquaculture facilities in the coast of the Biobío Region, south central Chile. PeerJ 5:e3672, DOI 10.7717/peerj.3672.

Borquez J, Brante A. Paternity Outcomes in the Freshwater Gastropod, Chilina dombeiana in the Biobıo River, Chile. Multiple Paternity in Chilina dombeiana DOI: 10.1515/ap-2017-00. *


Brante A, Silva F, Quiñones A. The relationship between sex change and reproductive success in a protandric marine gastropod. Scientific Report 6: 29439.

Morales K, Sánchez R, Bruning P, Cárdenas L, Manríquez P, Brante A. A multiple microsatellite assay to evaluate the mating behavior of the intensively exploited marine gastropod Concholepas concholepas (Bruguière 1789). The Nautilus. In press.

Bórquez J, Valdovinos C, Brante A. Intracapsular development of the freshwater gastropod Chilina dombeyana. Aceptado. The Nautilus 129: 169–171


Oyarzún FX, Brante A. 2015. A New Case of poecilogony from South America and the implications of nurse eggs, capsule structure, and maternal brooding behavior on the development of different larval types. Biological Bulletin 228: 85-97.

Solas MR, Hughes RN, Márquez F, Brante A. 2015. Early plastic responses in the shell morphology of Acanthina monodon(Mollusca, Gastropoda) under predation risk and water turbulence. Marine Ecology Progress Series 527: 133-142.

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Canales-Aguirre CB, Quiñones A, Hernández CE, Neill PE, Brante A. 2015. Population genetics of the invasive cryptogenic anemone, Anemonia alicemartinae along the southeastern Pacific coast. Journal of Sea Research. 102:1-9.

Silva F, Hernández-Miranda E, Brante A. 2015. Development and characterization of microsatellite markers for the toadfish Aphos porosus. Conservation Genetic Resources DOI 10.1007/s12686-014-0383-5.

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Silva F, Hernández-Miranda E, Brante A. 2015. New polymorphic microsatellite markers for the pelagic fish Normanichthys crockery. Conservation Genetic Resources DOI 10.1007/s12686-014-0404-4.

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Fuentes K, Brante A. 2014. Megadisturbances and ecological recovery in the intertidal zone: the role of the interspecific competition between bioengineer mussel species. Marine Ecology Progress Series 515: 161-172.

Oyarzún FX, Brante A. 2014. The effects of nurse eggs and sibling interactions on the larval development of the poecilogonous annelid Boccardia proboscidea (Spionidae). Invertebrate Biology 133: 340–353.

Valderrama-Aravena N, Pérez-Araneda K, Avaria-Llautureo J, Hernández CE, Lee M, Brante A. 2014. Código de Barra de ADN: una herramienta para la identificación de nemátodos marinos Continentales y Antárticos. Revista de Biología Marina y Oceanografía. 49:147-155.


Brante A, Fernández M, Viard F. 2013. Non-random sibling cannibalism in the marine gastropod Crepidula coquimbensis. PlosOne 10.1371/journal.pone.0067050.

Solas MR, Sepúlveda RD, Brante A. 2013. Genetic variation of the shell morphology in Acanthina monodon (Gastropoda) in habitats with different wave exposure conditions. Aquatic Biology 18: 253-260.

Gallardo JA, Brante A, Cancino JM. 2013. The effect of light intensity and tidal cycle on the hatching and larval behaviour of the muricid gastropod Chorus giganteus. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 440: 69–73.

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Vilches C, Pradenas J, Quiñones A, Brante A. 2012. Association of Crepidula coquiembensis with Pagurus edwardsi: effect on dispersal potential and population genetic structure. Revista de Biología Marina y Oceanografía. 47: 327-331.

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Brante A, Vilches C, Quiñones A. 2012. The role of population traits and local social interactions in the plasticity of the sex change strategy in the protrandric marine gastropod Crepidula coquimbensis. Marine Ecology Progress Series 458: 123–132.

Brante A, Fernández M, Viard F. 2012. Phylogeography and biogeography concordance in the marine gastropod Crepipatella dilatata (Calyptraeidae) along the southern eastern pacific coast. Journal of Heredity doi:10.1093/jhered/ess030.

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Leroy F, Comtet T, Brante A, Leroux C, Riera P. 2012. Can encapsulated embryos of Crepidula fornicata (L.) use extracapsular dissolved organic matter? An experimental study with a 13C-enriched amino acid. Journal of Molluscan Studies 78: 100–104.

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Sánchez R, Sepúlveda RD, Brante A, Cárdenas L. 2011. Spatial pattern of genetic and morphological diversity in the direct developer Acanthina monodon (Gastropoda: Mollusca) along the Southeastern Pacific Coast. Marine Ecology Progress Series 434: 121–131.

Cancino JM, Gallardo JA, Brante A. 2011. The relationship between temperature, oxygen condition and embryo encapsulation in the marine gastropod Chorus giganteus. Journal of Marine Biological Association UK. doi:10.1017/S0025315410001335.

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Brante A, Fernández M, Viard F. 2011. Microsatellite evidence for sperm storage and multiple paternity in the marine gastropod Crepidula coquimbensis. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 396: 83-88.

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Brante A, F Viard & M Fernandez. 2009. Limiting factors to encapsulation: the combined effects of dissolved protein and oxygen availability on embryonic growth and survival of species with contrasting feeding strategies. Journal of Experimental Biology. 212: 2287-2295.

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Brante A, Viard F, Fernández M. 2008. Does the intracapsular oxygen availability explain the developmental mode of encapsulated marine gastropods?: Answers from the calyptraeid group. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 368: 197–207.

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Daguin C, Brante A, Fernández M, Viard F. 2007. Isolation of ten microsatellite markers in the gastropod Crepidula coquimbensis (Gastropod, Calyptraeideae) for parentage analyses. Molecular Ecology Notes 7: 1091–1093.

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Brante A. 2005. An alternative mechanism to reduce intracapsular hypoxia in ovicapsules of Fusititron oregonensis(Gastropoda). Marine Biology 149: 269-274.

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Brante A, Cifuentes S, Pörtner H-O, Arntz W, Fernández M. 2004. Latitudinal comparisons of reproductive traits in five Brachyuran species along the Chilean coast. Revista Chilena de Historia Natural.77: 15-27.

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Fernández M, Brante A. 2003. Brood care in Brachyuran crabs: the effect of oxygen provision on reproductive costs. Revista Chilena Historia Natural. 76: 157-168.

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Brante A, Fernández M, Eckerle L, Mark F, Pörtner H-O, Arntz W. 2003. Reproductive investment in the crab, Cancer setosus, along a latitudinal cline: egg production, egg losses and egg ventilation. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 251: 221-232.

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Brante A, Hughes RN. 2001. The effect of hypoxia on the prey-handling behaviour of Carcinus maenas feeding on Mytilus edulis. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 209: 301-305.

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Otaíza RD, Abades S, Brante A. 2001. Seasonal changes in abundance and shifts in dominance of life history stages of the carrageenophyte Sarcothalia crispata (Rhodophyta, Gigartinales) in south-central Chile. Journal of Applied Phycology. 13: 161-171.

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Cubillos LA, Alarcón R, Brante A. 1999. Empirical estimates of natural mortality for the Chilean hake (Merluccius gayi): evaluation of precision. Fisheries Research. 42: 147-153.

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2019-2022. Proyectos de investigación conjunta CONICYT Chile–BMBF Alemania. Programa de Cooperación Internacional. Proyecto Nº BMBF180034. Co-Investigador. Responses of marine invertebrates to climate driven environmental variation across a wide latitudinal range: A multidisciplinary approach with implications for the population dynamics and sustainability of fishery resources.

2019-2022. Proyecto Post-Doc FONDECYT Nº 3190489. Investigador Patrocinante. Antarctic invasion in a warmer and connected world: climate change, maritime transport and rafting as threatening factors of Antarctic marine biodiversity. Dr. Iván Vera.

2018-2021. Proyecto Post-Doc FONDECYT Nº 3180331. Investigador Patrocinante. Testing the historical permeability of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) and the role of ecological interactions in the evolution of the Antarctic diversity: Using host-parasite systems as biological models. Dr. Carlos Muñoz.

2018-2021. Proyecto Núcleo Científico Tecnológico para el Desarrollo Costero Sustentable. MECESUP – Convenio de Desempeño Educación Superior Regional 2017 USC1795. Director.

2017-2020. Genetic, biochemical and reproductive behavioral mechanisms determining the evolution of life history strategies in marine invertebrates: Poecilogony species as study models. Proyecto FONDECYT Regular Nº 1170598. Investigador Responsable.

2017-2020. Ecological, genetic and adaptative mechanisms explaining the invasive potential of the diatom Didymosphenia geminata in Chilean freshwater systems. Proyecto FONDECYT Regular Nº 117059. Co-Investigador.

2016-2017. Estudio de evaluación de riesgo sobre la posible presencia de especies constitutivas de plagas hidrobiológicas en aguas de lastre y sedimentos en naves de transporte marítimo. Proyecto FIPA N°2016-25. Co-Investigador.

2016-2018. A multi-disciplinary approach to understand the impact of ice loss and deglaciation on Antarctic coastal benthic ecosystems. Proyecto Programa de Cooperación Internacional CONICYT-NERC Nº223449. Investigador Principal. Investigador CIBAS que participa: Dr. Antonio Brante (Director), Dr. Patricio Camus (Director Alterno), Dra. Florence Tellier (Co-Investigadora), Dr. Ángel Urzúa (Co-Investigador)

2015-2018. Investigating species establishment and spread with regards to shipping and biotic resistance in Chilean coastal habitats. Proyecto Postdoctoral FONDECYT Nº 3160172. Investigador CIBAS que participa: Dr. Jean Charles Leclerc (Investigador Responsable), Dr. Antonio Brante (Investigador Patrocinante).

2015-2016. Enhancement of research capacities and postgraduate internationalization at the Universidad Católica de la Ssma. Concepción. Proyecto Newton-Picarte. Colaboración Internacional UCSC – Bangor University, UK. Investigador CIBAS que participa: Dr. Antonio Brante (Investigador Responsable), Dr. Florence Tellier, Dr. Patricio Camus, Dr. Ricardo Otaíza, Dr. Ángel Urzúa, Dr. Konrad Gorski.

2014-2015. Natural and anthropogenic impacts on coastal marine species: a DNA-based investigation. Proyecto Programa de Cooperación Científica Internacional (PCCI). Investigador CIBAS que participa: Dr. Antonio Brante (Investigador Responsable), Dra. Florence Tellier.

2013-2016. Influencia de Factores Espaciales Antrópicos, Naturales y Biológicos sobre la estructuración Poblacional del gastrópodo C. dombeyana en la cuenca del Río Biobío: un análisis desde la Genética del Paisaje. Proyecto Postdoctoral FONDECYT Nº 3140561. Investigador CIBAS que participa: Dra. Jéssica Bórquez (Investigadora Responsable), Dr. Antonio Brante (Investigador Patrocinante).

2013-2018. Diversity, Evolution and Biotechnology of Marine Algae (GDRI). CNRS International Research Network (Francia, Chile, Brasil). Investigador CIBAS que participa: Dr. Antonio Brante (Investigador Asociado), Dra. Florence Tellier (Investigadora Asociada).

2013-2016. Potenciamiento de la línea de manejo y uso sustentable de Recurso Marinos en la UCSC. Proyecto Concurso Nacional de Inserción de Capital Humano Avanzado en la Academia. CONICYT. Investigador CIBAS que participa: Dr. Ángel Urzúa Osorio (Investigador en Inserción), Dr. Antonio Brante (Investigador Responsable).

2013-2017. Mega disturbances and population genetic resilience in the marine realm: the role of life history strategies. FONDECYT Nº 1130868. Investigador CIBAS que participa: Dr. Antonio Brante (Investigador Principal).

Programa para el fortalecimiento de la docencia e investigación colaborativa en el área de biología y ciencias ambientales de la UCSC. Proyecto Atracción de Capital Humano Avanzado del Extranjero – Modalidad Estadías Cortas (MEC) Nº 80122001. Investigador CIBAS que participa: Dr. Antonio Brante (Investigador Responsable).

2011-2013. Brooding Behavior, Hatching plasticity and Intrafamilial Conflict in the Poecilogonous Polychaete Boccardia wellingtonensis. Proyecto Postdoctoral FONDECYT Nº 3120202. Investigador CIBAS que participa: Dra. Fernanda Oyarzun (Investigadora Responsable), Dr. Antonio Brante (Investigador Patrocinante).

2011-2013. High latitude meiofaunal macroecology and diversity assessed using both morphological and molecular techniques. Proyecto INACH T_13-10. Investigador CIBAS que participa: Dr. Antonio Brante (Director Alterno).

2009-2012. A molecular approach to the study of pre- and post-copulatory factors modeling the protandric strategy in marine gastropods with complex reproductive behavior: Crepidula coquimbensis (Calyptraeidae) as a biological model. FONDECYT Nº 11090221. Investigador CIBAS que participa: Dr. Antonio Brante (Investigador Principal).

2009-2010. Una aproximación molecular al estudio de la dinámica de invasión de la anémona Anemonia alicemartinae en las costas de Chile. Proyecto Interno DIN02/2009. Investigador CIBAS que participa: Dr. Antonio Brante (Investigador Principal).