Man

Luis Alberto Ebensperger Pesce

Full Professor

PUC, FACULTAD DE CIENCIAS BIOLÓGICAS, DEPARTAMENTO DE ECOLOGÍA

Santiago, Chile

Líneas de Investigación


My students, colleagues and I aim to understand the function and evolution of animal sociality and communal rearing. We use ecological, behavioral, and physiological approaches on natural populations to examine costs and benefits in social caviomorp

Educación

  •  Biology, BOSTON UNIVERSITY. Estados Unidos, 1997
  •  Ecology, UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE. Chile, 1992
  •  Biology, PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DE CHILE. Chile, 1988

Experiencia Académica

  •   Full Professor Full Time

    PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DE CHILE

    Biological Sciences

    Santiago, Chile

    2015 - A la fecha

  •   Associate professor Full Time

    PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DE CHILE

    Biological Sciences

    Santiago, Chile

    2007 - 2014

  •   Assistant Professor Full Time

    PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DE CHILE

    Biological Sciences

    Santiago, Chile

    2003 - 2006

Experiencia Profesional

  •   Full Professor Full Time

    Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile

    Santaigo, Chile

    2015 - A la fecha

Formación de Capital Humano


Number of undergraduate students: 33
Number of graduate students – Master: 1
Number of graduate students – Ph.D.: 10
Number of postdoctorates: 2



 

Article (102)

Effects of radio-collars are not contingent on socioecological conditions in degus
Parental care in male degus (Octodon degus) is flexible and contingent upon female care
Socially unstable conditions experienced during development prime female Octodon degus to shape the phenotype of their own offspring
Socioecological conditions predict degu social instability and provide limited cues to forecast subsequent breeding conditions
Male group members are costly to plurally breeding Octodon degus females
Multiple mating is linked to social setting and benefits the males in a communally rearing mammal
Spatial relationships among free-living cururos (Spalacopus cyanus) demonstrate burrow sharing and communal nesting
Highly masculinized and younger males attain higher reproductive success in a social rodent
Evidence for a behavioural syndrome and negative social assortment by exploratory personality in the communally nesting rodent, Octodon degus
Long-term field studies on rodents
Social instability decreases alloparental care and quality of weaned offspring in a communally rearing rodent
The ecological value of long-term studies of birds and mammals in Central America, South America and Antarctica
Effects of Habitat and Social Complexity on Brain Size, Brain Asymmetry and Dentate Gyrus Morphology in Two Octodontid Rodents
Limited and fitness-neutral effects of resource heterogeneity on sociality in a communally rearing rodent
Masculinized females produce heavier offspring in a group living rodent
Octodon degus kin and social structure
Phylogeography and demographic history of the Andean degu, Octodontomys gliroides (Rodentia: Octodontidae)
Postnatal Development of the Degu (Octodon degus) Endocrine Stress Response Is Affected by Maternal Care
The modulating role of group stability on fitness effects of group size is different in females and males of a communally rearing rodent
Immunocompetence of breeding females is sensitive to cortisol levels but not to communal rearing in the degu (Octodon degus)
Livetrapping is not biased by the endocrine stress response: a preliminary study in the degu (Octodon degus)
Maternal stress and plural breeding with communal care affect development of the endocrine stress response in a wild rodent
A quantitative test of the ‘economic’ and ‘optimal’ models of escape behaviour
Activity, overlap of range areas, and sharing of resting locations in the moon-toothed degu, Octodon lunatus
Mean ecological conditions modulate the effects of group-living and communal rearing on offspring production and survival
Phylogeny modulates the effects of ecological conditions on group living across hystricognath rodents
Seasonal variation in the degu (Octodon degus) endocrine stress response
Small mammals as indicators of cryptic plant species diversity in the central Chilean plant endemicity hotspot
Sociality of Octodontomys gliroides and other octodontid rodents reflects the influence of phylogeny
Avian ecosystem functions are influenced by small mammal ecosystem engineering
Fecal cortisol levels predict breeding but not survival of females in the short-lived rodent, Octodon degus
Habitat type influences endocrine stress response in the degu (Octodon degus)
Meta-analysis of the effects of small mammal disturbances on species diversity, richness and plant biomass
Octodon degus (Molina 1782): A model in comparative biology and biomedicine
Relatedness does not predict vigilance in a population of the social rodent Octodon degus
Reproductive correlates of social network variation in plurally breeding degus (Octodon degus)
Direct fitness of group living mammals varies with breeding strategy, climate and fitness estimates
Ecological drivers of group living in two populations of the communally rearing rodent, Octodon degus
Sociality, exotic ectoparasites, and fitness in the plural breeding rodent Octodon degus
Absence of kin structure in a population of the group-living rodent Octodon degus
Burrow limitations and group living in the communally rearing rodent, Octodon degus
Caviomorph rodent social systems: an introduction
Sociality, glucocorticoids and direct fitness in the communally rearing rodent, Octodon degus
The influence of group size on natal dispersal in the communally rearing and semifossorial rodent, Octodon degus
Towards an integrative model of sociality in caviomorph rodents
Allosuckling allows growing offspring to compensate for insufficient maternal milk in farmed guanacos (Lama guanicoe)
Early fitness consequences and hormonal correlates of parental behaviour in the social rodent, Octodon degus
Octomys mimax (Rodentia: Octodontidae)
Octomys mimax (Rodentia: Octodontidae)
Pup Growth Rates and Breeding Female Weight Changes in Two Populations of Captive Bred Degus (Octodon degus), a Precocial Caviomorph Rodent
Seasonal variation in the range areas of the diurnal rodent Octodon degus
Toward an integrative understanding of social behavior: new models and new opportunities
A case of allosuckling in wild guanacos (Lama guanicoe)
Allonursing in Captive Guanacos, Lama guanicoe: Milk Theft or Misdirected Parental Care?
Fitness consequences of group living in the degu Octodon degus, a plural breeder rodent with communal care
Flight initiation distance is differentially sensitive to the costs of staying and leaving food patches in a small-mammal prey
Instability Rules Social Groups in the Communal Breeder Rodent Octodon degus
Isolation and characterization of polymorphic microsatellite loci from Octodon degus
The influence of trap type on evaluating population structure of the semifossorial and social rodent Octodon degus
Validation of a Radioimmunoassay for Measuring Fecal Cortisol Metabolites in the Hystricomorph Rodent, Octodon degus
Activity, range areas, and nesting patterns in the viscacha rat, Octomys mimax
Digestive and metabolic flexibility allows female degus to cope with lactation costs
Female degus (Octodon degus) monitor their environment while foraging socially
On the dynamics of rodent social groups
An experimental examination of the consequences of communal versus solitary breeding on maternal condition and the early postnatal growth and survival of degu, Octodon degus, pups
Ecological predictors of range areas and use of burrow systems in the diurnal rodent, Octodon degus
Females of the communally breeding rodent, Octodon degus, transfer antibodies to their offspring during pregnancy and lactation
The influence of wave exposure on the foraging activity of marine otter, Lontra felina (Molina, 1782) (Carnivora : Mustelidae) in northern Chile
Lactating females do not discriminate between their own young and unrelated pups in the communally breeding rodent, Octodon degus
Nest and space use in a highland population of the southern mountain cavy (Microcavia australis)
Sociality in New World hystricognath rodents is linked to predators and burrow digging
Vigilance and collective detection of predators in degus (Octodon degus)
A test of the thermal-stress and the cost-of-burrowing hypotheses among populations of the subterranean rodent Spalacopus cyanus
Daily activity patterns of free-living cururos (Spalacopus cyanus)
On the Relationship between Herbaceous Cover and Vigilance Activity of Degus (Octodon degus)
Seasonal changes in the time budget of degus, Octodon degus
Communal nesting and kinship in degus (Octodon degus)
Do female degus communally nest and nurse their pups?
Grouping increases the ability of the social rodent, Octodon degus, to detect predators when using exposed microhabitats
Male degus, Octodon degus, modify their dustbathing behavior in response to social familiarity of previous dustbathing marks
The influence of habitat on travel speed, intermittent locomotion, and vigilance in a diurnal rodent
A review of the evolutionary causes of rodent group-living
No infanticide in the hystricognath rodent, Octodon degus: Does ecology play a role?
On the evolution of group-living in the New World cursorial hystricognath rodents
Communal burrowing in the hystricognath rodent, Octodon degus: a benefit of sociality?
Dustbathing and intra-sexual communication of social degus, Octodon degus (Rodentia:Octodontidae)
Energetics and burrowing behaviour in the semifossorial degu Octodon degus (Rodentia : Octodontidae)
Nonparental infanticide in meadow voles, Microtus pennsylvanicus: the influence of nutritional benefits
Why does infanticide seem so rare in bats?
Do female rodents use promiscuity to prevent male infanticide?
Sociality in rodents: the New World fossorial hystricognaths as study models
Strategies and counterstrategies to infanticide in mammals
The potential effects of protected nests and cage complexity on maternal aggression in house mice
Use of Fluorescent Powder to Infer Mating Activity of Male Rodents
Use of Habitat, Size of Prey, and Food-Niche Relationships of Two Sympatric Otters in Southernmost Chile
Microclimate and selection of microhabitat in cricetid rodents of central Chile: a test between biophysical and experimental approaches
The fasting endurance hypothesis: the case of two rodent species from central Chile
Selección de hábitat en tierra por la nutria marina, Lutra felina, en Isla Pan de Azúcar, Chile
Conducta y densidad poblacional de Lutra felina en Isla Pan de Azúcar (III Región), Chile
Trophic-Niche Relationships among Galictis cuja, Dusicyon culpaeus, and Tyto alba in Central Chile
Tasa metabólica promedio diaria como predictor del gasto energético de roedores en la naturaleza
Foraging, activity budget, and social behavior of the South American marine otter, Lutra felina

BookSection (3)

An integrative view of caviomorph social behavior
Causes and evolution of group‐living
Fitness consequences of social systems

BookWhole (2)

Comportamiento social de la fauna nativa de Chile
Sociobiology of caviomorph rodents: an integrative approach

EditorialMaterial (1)

Caviomorph rodent social systems: an introduction

Proyecto (10)

Fitness effects of matching conditions of social instability during early and late life in plural breeding Octodon degus
THE IMPACT OF GROUP STABILITY ON STRESS RESPONSE, SOCIAL BEHAVIOR AND FITNESS IN THE COMMUNALLY REARING RODENT, OCTODON DEGUS
OCURRENCIA CONTEXTO-DEPENDIENTE DE TACTICAS CONDUCTUALES ALTERNATIVAS EN HEMBRAS DE OCTODON DEGUS=> EFECTO DEL NIVEL DE MASCULINIZACION SOBRE EL DESEMPEÑO REPRODUCTIVO Y SOBREVIVENCIA EN CONDICIONES NATURALES.
A MECHANISTIC MODEL TO EXPLAIN DIRECT FITNESS CONSEQUENCES OF SOCIALITY IN THE RODENT OCTODON DEGUS
CONSECUENCIAS DE LA SOCIABILIDAD SOBRE EL EXITO REPRODUCTIVO DEL ROEDOR OCTODON DEGUS.
ESTIMACION DEL VALOR ADAPTATIVO DE LA FLEXIBILIDAD DIGESTIVA EN MICRO-MAMIFEROS.
Geographic variation in the behavioral ecology of Chilean coruros
ASPECTOS EVOLUTIVOS DE LA CRIANZA COMUNITARIA EN OCTODON DEGUS (RODENTIA; OCTODONTIDAE).
COLONIALIDAD EN EL ROEDOR OCTODON DEGUS=> UNA PRUEBA MULTIPLE DE HIPOTESIS.
Behavioral Ecology of the South American marine otter (Lutra felina)

Review (2)

Stress, sleep, and sex: A review of endocrinological research in Octodon degus
Direct fitness of group living mammals varies with breeding strategy, climate and fitness estimates
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Luis Ebensperger

Full Professor

Ecology

PUC, FACULTAD DE CIENCIAS BIOLÓGICAS, DEPARTAMENTO DE ECOLOGÍA

Santiago, Chile

6
Sebastián Abades

Profesor Asociado

Universidad Mayor

Santiago, Chile

5
Loreto Correa

Profesor Asistente

Escuela de Medicina Veterinaria

Universidad Mayor de Chile

Santiago, Chile

3
Meredith Root-bernstein

PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATÓLICA DE CHILE, DEPARTAMENTO DE ECOLOGÍA

Santiago, Chile

2
Rodrigo Vásquez

profesor titular

Ciencias Ecológicas

IEB, DEPTO. CS. ECOL., FACULTAD DE CIENCIAS, UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE

Santiago, Chile

2
Juan Armesto

Full Professor

Departamento de Ecología

PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATÓLICA DE CHILE

Santiago, Chile

2
Mauricio Soto

Director

Instituto de Ciencias Ambientales y Evolutivas

INSITUTO DE CIENCIAS AMBIENTALES Y EVOLUTIVAS, UNIVERSIDAD AUSTRAL DE CHILE

Valdivia, Chile

2
Daniela Rivera

Assistant Professor

Universidad Mayor de Chile

Santiago, Chile

1
Pamela Muñoz

Académico

Universidad Austral de Chile

Valdivia, Chile

1
Fabian Salazar

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Biosciences

MRC Centre for Medical Mycology, University of Exeter

Exeter, Reino Unido

1
Jorge Mpodozis

Profesor Titular

DEPARTAMENTO DE BIOLOGÍA, FACULTAD DE CIENCIAS, UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE

Santiago, Chile

1
Elie Poulin

Profesor Titular

Ciencias Ecologicas

UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE

Santiago, Chile

1
Cristián Hernández

Full Professor

Zoology

UNIVERSIDAD DE CONCEPCIÓN

Concepción, Chile

1
Fernando Alfaro

Director

Center for Genomics, Ecology and Environment

Universidad Mayor

Santiago, Chile

1
Sylvain Faugeron

Profesor Asociado

ecologia

PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DE CHILE

Santiago, Chile

1
Cristian Fierro

Asistente de Investigación

Ciencias Agrarias

Universidad de Santiago de Chile

Santiago de Chile, Chile

1
María Becker

Scientific Director, President

Research and Development

FUNDACIÓN CIENCIA Y TECNOLOGÍA PARA EL DESARROLLLO

Santiago, Chile

1
Benito González

Académico

Gestión Forestal y su Medio Ambiente

UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE, FC CS FORESTALES Y DE LA CONSERVACION DE LA NATURALEZA

Santiago, Chile

1
Rene Quispe

Jefe de PRODESAL

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