Giselle Elena Muschett Rivera


Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

Curauma, Chile

Líneas de Investigación

Behavioural ecology, pollinator-plant interactions, wildlife conservation and management, biodiversity, entomology, taxonomy


  •  Biology, Macquarie University, Sydney. Australia, 2017
  •  Zoology, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA. Estados Unidos, 1998

Experiencia Académica

  •   Post-Doc Full Time



    Valparaíso, Chile

    2019 - 2020

  •   Tutor Part Time


    Science and Engineering

    Sydney, Australia

    2014 - 2015

  •   Profesor Part Time

    Universidad Católica Santa María la Antigua


    Panamá, Panamá

    2009 - 2010

Experiencia Profesional

  •   Post-Doc Full Time

    Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

    Valparaíso, Chile

    2019 - A la fecha

  •   Tutor Part Time

    Macquarie University

    Sydney, Australia

    2014 - 2015

  •   Wildlife Manager Full Time

    Autoridad Aeronáutica Civil de Panamá

    Panamá, Panamá

    2016 - 2018

  •   International Research Developer Part Time

    University of Auckland

    Auckland, Nueva Zelanda

    2010 - 2013

  •   Director Full Time

    Smithsonian Foundation of Panama

    Panamá, Panamá

    2008 - 2010

  •   Biologist Full Time

    National Association for the Conservation of Nature

    Panamá, Chile

    1998 - 2006

Formación de Capital Humano

Teaching Assistant in Animal Behaviour and Molecular Biology.
Teacher in Ecology at the Universidad Católica Santa María La Antigua of Panama.
Coordinating conservation workshops with local communities and government agencies, as well as presenting results to Funding agencies.

Difusión y Transferencia

Environmental education and experimental design taught to local communities and government agencies.

Premios y Distinciones

  •   Rufford Small Grants for Nature Conservation

    Rufford Foundation

    Reino Unido, 2007

    The West Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus) has been little studied in Panama. It is considered an endangered species by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), and as such any and all existent populations of manatee are of great importance to the species’ survival. In 1964, nine West Indian manatees (T. manatus) from the Caribbean province of Bocas del Toro and one Amazonian manatee (T. inunguis) from Peru were relocated to the Lake Gatun in the Panama Canal Watershed by the former Panama Canal Commission. They were part of a program to help control aquatic vegetation in the lake, but the program was abandoned some four years later. The manatees were left in the lake, and have since begun to reproduce. In 1982 the manatee population in the lake was estimated in 25 individuals, but this was a rough estimate, and there is no current data. There are also unconfirmed reports that local communities still hunt the manatee as a source of protein, but there have been no more studies carried out on this species in the country. This manatee population is assumed to be highly inbred and possibly contain hybrids of the two species (T. manatus and T. inguis). The current conservation status of this population and the current threats to its survival remain unknown. This project will study the abundance, habitat use and conservation status of the manatees in the lake through interviews, direct (aerial/boat) surveys, and genetic analysis. The genetic analysis will help determine the relationship to the manatee population in Bocas del Toro, which popular belief considered the only source of manatees in the lake. However, there are reports of manatees in the Chagres river, prior to its enclosure for the creation of lake Gatun and the Panama Canal. It is quite possible that several of these manatees survived the construction period of the Canal and have intermingled with the introduced manatees to create a viable and stable population. These results will be the first for this unique manatee population. The results come at a crucial moment, given the upcoming Canal expansion

  •   ABRS Scholarship

    Australia Biologial Research Study

    Australia, 2012

    Taxonomic review of the Australian alpine grasshopper genus Kosciuscola


Article (6)

Assessing climatic and intrinsic factors that drive arthropod diversity in bird nests
Using Ecological Modelling to Assess the Long-Term Survival of the West-Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus) in the Panama Canal
Male mate choice in the chameleon grasshopper ( Kosciuscola tristis )
Within-season variability of fighting behaviour in an Australian alpine grasshopper
A noninvasive sampling method for genetic analysis of the West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus)
Maintenance of a female-limited polymorphism in Ischnura ramburi (Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae)

BookWhole (1)

An Illustrated Field Guide to the Birds of Panama

Proyecto (4)

Safeguarding Pollination Services in a changing world: theory into practice
Diversity and evolution of Australian alpine grasshoppers
Programa Escolar de Punta Culebra
The manatees of the Panama Canal Watershed
Giselle Muschett


Vicerrectoría de Investigación

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

Curauma, Chile

Cristian Bonacic

Profesor Titular

Ecosistemas y Medio Ambiente


Santiago, Chile