Hello! My name is Fernanda Oyarzun and I am a scientist, artist and educator. Art and Science are for me ways in which I explore and make sense of the world. With my work I celebrate the beauty of biodiversity and of the interactions among living beings and their environment through interdisciplinary work. I hope to stimulate dialogue and reflection around environmental issues and on our relation to nature. Simultaneously, I want to honor and encourage dialogue among the diverse forms in which knowledge is cultivated: scientific, artistic and traditional-popular.

¡Hola! Mi nombre es Fernanda Oyarzun y soy científica, artista y educadora. El Arte y la Ciencia son para mi maneras en que exploro y busco comprender el mundo. Con mi trabajo busco celebrar la belleza de la biodiversidad y de las interacciones entre los seres vivos y con su entorno, estimulando la reflexión en torno a temas ambientales, de conservación y de nuestra relación con la naturaleza. Simultáneamente busco honrar la diversidad y fomentar el diálogo entre las distintas formas de cultivar el conocimiento: científico, artístico y tradicional-popular

Résumé / CV

Professional Preparation: Biology and Pedagogy

Appointments: Biology and Pedagogy
  • Co-directora de Bienal Concepción, Arte y Ciencia
  • Co-founder of ASKXXI: Arts + Science Knowledge Building and Sharing in the XXI Century.
  • Co-directora de Proyecto Robsonella: creando un puente entre la Ilustración Científica y la Investigación de la Diversidad Marina de Chile.
  • 2015-present Research Associate Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción (UCSC), Concepción, Chile
  • 2016-present Research Associate centro i~mar Universidad de Los Lagos, Chile.
  • 2017 Co-instructor of postgraduate introductory course on Polychaete Taxonomy.
  • 2014-2015 Assistant professor. Department of Zoology, Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Oceanográficas, Universidad de Concepción, Chile. Courses: “Zoología I” (twice), “Comunicación visual de la Ciencia”, “Seminario bibliográfico” for Magister students, “Seminario de Proyecto de título” for undergrads.
  • 2014 Invited Instructor: “Curso Historia de Vida de Invertebrados Marinos”, UCSC, graduate level
  • 2011-2013 Postdoctoral Researcher at U. Católica de la Santísima Concepción, Chile. Postdoctoral Fondecyt # 3120202 “Brooding behavior, hatching plasticity and intrafamilial conflict in the poecilogonous polychaete Boccardia wellingtonensis”
  • 2011 Instructor CENAIM, Ecuador (Intensive course “Embryos & Larvae”).
  • 2010-2011 Lecturer at University of Washington, Seattle, USA (Course: “Introductory Biology”)
  • 2009 Pre-doctoral lecturer at University of Washington, Bothell (Course: “Introductory Biology”)
  • 2008-2009 Project forInterdisciplinary Pedagogy (PIP) Fellow, University of Washington, Bothell. Instructor in charge of designing and implementing three courses during one academic year: “Introductory Biology”, “Using, Understanding and Visualizing Quantitative Data”, “Marine Diversity and Conservation”.
  • 2003-2008 Teaching Assistant of courses for undergrads and graduate students at the Department of Biology of the University of Washington, both in Seattle and at Friday Harbor Laboratories. Responsibilities of a minimum of 20 hours per week, distributed in discussion sections, laboratories, field work, office hours, lecturing and grading: Courses: “Principles of Ecology” (Dr. J. Ruesink & Dr. S. Naeem), “Introductory Biology” (Dr. J. Tewksbury & Dr. C. Bergstrom ), “Apprenticeship: Marine Protected Areas” (Dr. M. Dethier, Dr. H. Lenihan, & Dr. J. Byers), “Introductory Biology” (Dr. V. Di Stilio & Dr. J. Ruesink), “Comparative Embryology” (Dr.J. Dallman, Dr.R. Strathmann & G. Von Dawson), “Circadian Rhythms” (Dr. H. De la Iglesia), “Foundations of Ecology” (Dr. J. Ruesink), “Apprenticeship: Benthic Ecology” (Dr. K. Sebens, Dr. M. Dethier), “Larval Ecology” (Dr. R. Strathmann and Dr. D. Grünbaum), “Learning to Learn in Science” (Chris Himes y yo como instructores), “Comparative Embryology” (Dr. R. Strathmann & Dr. Sally Leys).
Professional Preparation: Art & Science Visualization
  • 2015 Workshop on “Science Communication (“Comunicar tiene su Ciencia”). Dra. Nelida Pohl (U of Chile) and Raimundo Roberts. UdeC.
  • 2013 Diploma on Editorial Design at Universidad de Chile.
  • 2011  Work-study at Pottery Northwest, Seattle, WA.
  • 2008-2009  Ceramic courses at the Art Department, University of Washington (instructors: Doug Jeck, Akio Takamori and Jamie Walker)
  • 2007-2011  Ceramic courses at Pottery Northwest and Gage Academy (introduction to ceramics, human figure and ceramics, mix techniques in ceramics, abstracting the figure, wheel throwing; instructors: Tip Toland, Sandra Farmer, Liz Duarte, Anne Drew Potter).
  • 2008  Edward Tufte’s workshop: Presenting Data and Information. Seattle, USA.
  • 2002-2003  Courses part of the Certificate in Natural Science Illustration (University of Washington): Introduction to Natural Science illustration, Zoological Illustration, Vertebrate Illustration, Wildlife Illustration, Botanical Illustration.
Appointments, Exhibits and Conferences: Art & Science Visualization
  • 2019 Creando realidades, Adaptación al Cambio Climático Exposición y trabajo artístico en vivo de Proyecto Arte & Ciencia del Núcleo Milenio MUSELS (https://bienalconcepcion.cl/creando-realidades-adaptacion-al-cambio-climatico/) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0XJdkXU3XU)
  • 2018 Residencia at Artist-at-Sea, en expedición New Approaches To Autonomous Exploration At The Costa Rican Shelf Break del Schmidt Ocean Institute. Escultura será llevada a Seattle, EE. UU. en Septiembre de 2019 para ser parte de futuras exposiciones y se realizarán charlas sobre la experiencia. https://schmidtocean.org/cruise-log-post/tecnologia-exploracion-y-arcilla/
  • 2018            Exposición Identidad Fluvial en el Museo de Historia Natural de Valparaíso, Proyecto Parte de los fondos de Proyección al medio del Núcleo Milenio INVASAL. Museo de Historia Natural de Valparaíso. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vy8H_BzLAyk)

    2018            ExpoFeria Arte y Ciencia. XXVIII Congreso de Ciencias del Mar, Valdivia, Chile.

    2017 Exhibition “I love you more, Cephalopod Interphase” at the Cretaquarium, Greece. One of the ~ 40 artists that will participate in the exhibition organized by the curator and artist Ryuta Nakajima. The exhibition will be opened within the framework of the conference “Cephalopod Science from Biology to Welfare” in March 2017 and will run until September 2017.

  • 2017 Exhibition “Marine consciousness”, Lucarna Gallery, Frutillar Chile (August 26-September 17)
  • 2017 Short residence in Pottery Northwest, Seattle, USA. June-July
  • 2017 Talk and opening of exhibit “Conciencia Marina” at Biblioteca Viva, Mall Trébol, Concepción, Chile.
  • 2016 Exhibit of Foraminifera sculptures at “The Batsheva de Rothschild Workshop: Live foraminifera as a new model system for monitoring and reconstructing marine environments”. 9-16 September 2016, Eilat, Israel.
  • 2016 Organizer, panelist and presenter at the “Feria y Simposio de Ciencia & Arte” at the Congreso de Ciencias del mar 2016, Concepción (Mayo 2016: http://cienciasdelmar2016.cl)
  • 2016 Speaker in the first Congress of Students of Marine Sciences. Talk: “Ciencia, Arte y Biodiversidad”, Universidad de Concepción.
  • 2015 Invited instructor at course “Botanical Illustration”. Organized by the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity at Senda Darwin, Chiloé, Chile.
  • 2015 Invited lecturer (2 classes) at Diploma on Science Communication, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile
  • 2015  Panelist in “Segundo Encuentro de Ciencia y Arte” Pinacoteca, UdeC.
  • 2015  Talk presentation on the 3er Encuentro de Divulgadores de la Ciencia y Tecnología, Punta Arenas: “Arte, artesanía y biodiversidad: explorando la biodiversidad marina a través de la cerámica escultórica y la ilustración científica”.
  • 2014 Panelist on “1er Encuentro de Ciencia y Arte: Diálogos, procesos y desafíos” Auditorio Facultad Humanidades y Arte, Universidad de Concepción
  • 2014 Exhibit “Formas Marinas”, Día de la Ciencia, organized by Bloque de Ciencia Universidad de Concepción.
  • 2014 Exhibit “Formas Marinas”, ceramic sculpture project on marine organisms. Biblioteca Viva, Mall Plaza Biobío. Concepción, Chile
  • 2014  Stand and exhibit on Chilean foraminifera sculptures (scientifically correct foraminifera models), at the International Symposium on Foraminifera. Universidad de Concepción, Chile
  • 2010-2012  Art Development Editor textbook Biological Science, S. Freeman et al. 5th Edition, Pearson Editorial.
  • 2011  Residency at Whiteley Center, Friday Harbor Laboratories. Sculptural project in relation to the history of Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington.
  • 2004 Illustrations for Field Guides of: Australia, Belize and Peru. Editor Les Beletsky.
  • 2003  Illustrations for the webpage of the Burke Museum (University of Washington)

Teaching of Art & Science courses (University level)— Enseñanza de cursos Arte & Ciencia (universitarios)

  • 2017 Co-instructor at course “Marine Scientific Illustration”. Organized by the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity at ECIM, Las Cruces, Chile.
  • 2016-2017 Co-instructor at course “Field Botanical Illustration”. Organized by the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity at Senda Darwin, Chiloé, Chile.
  • 2016 Co-instructor course: “Science Communication” for Master Students. Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción.
  • 2015 Invited instructor at course “Botanical Illustration”. Organized by the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity at Senda Darwin, Chiloé, Chile.
  • 2015 Invited lecturer (2 classes) at Diploma on Science Communication, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile
  • 2014-2015 Assistant professor. Department of Zoology, Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Oceanográficas, Universidad de Concepción, Chile. Course: “Comunicación Visual de la Ciencia”.
  • 2009  Invited speaker to Bioart class at UW Bothell (taught by Dr. Becca Price)
Tesis y Publicaciones Científicas (ISI)
  • Cristian B. Canales-Aguirre , Sandra Ferrada-Fuentes, Ricardo Galleguillos , Fernanda X. Oyarzun and Cristián E. Hernández. 2018. Population genetic structure of Patagonian toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides) in the Southeast Pacific and Southwest Atlantic Ocean. Peer J. DOI 10.7717/peerj.4173
  • Cristian B. Canales-Aguirre, Sandra Ferrada-Fuentes,Ricardo Galleguillos, Fernanda X. Oyarzun, Claudio C. Buratti &Cristián E. Hernández. 2018. High genetic diversity and low-population differentiation in the Patagonian sprat (Sprattus fuegensis) based on mitochondrial DNA. Pages 1-8 | Received 05 Jun 2017, Accepted 03 Jan 2018, Published online: 15 Jan 2018. https://peerj.com/articles/4173/.
  • Vargas, HA, Oyarzun FX and Parra LE (2017) Egg and first instar of the Neotropical geometrid moth Pero obtusaria Prout (Geometridae: Ennominae: Azelinini). Journal of the Lepidopterists’s Society (accepted). 71(1): 50—56.
  • Oyarzun FX and 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 (pdf)
  • Oyarzun FX and 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 (4): 340-353 (pdf)
  • Oyarzun FX, Swalla BJ, Mahon AR and Halanych KM (2011). Phylogeography and maternal effects of the poecilogonous polychaete Boccardia proboscidea (Annelida: Spionidae) along the West Coast of North America. Evolution & Development. 13 (6): 489-503 (pdf)
  • Oyarzun FX and Strathmann RR (2011). Plasticity of hatching and the duration of planktonic development in marine invertebrates. Integrative Comparative Biology. 51 (1): 81-90 (pdf)
  • Oyarzun FX (2010). Brooding mothers, sibling rivals, and population structure in Boccardia proboscidea, a polychaete with alternative reproductive modes. PhD thesis, UW, Washington. Pp 141 (pdf)
  • Kamel K, Oyarzun FX and Grosberg R  (2010). Reproductive Biology, Family Conflict, and Size of Offspring in Marine invertebrates. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 50(4): 619-629 (pdf)
  • Simon C, Thornhill DJ, Oyarzun FX and Halanych KM (2009). Genetic Similarity between Boccardia proboscidea from Western North America and cultured abalone, Haliotis midae, in South Africa. Aquaculture: 18-24 (pdf)
  • Oyarzun, F (2006). Crepidula fornicata and Hydrilla verticillata. En: Invasive Species in the Pacific Northwest. Eds: P. D. Boersma, S. H. Reichard, and A. N. Van Buren. UW Press. 276 pp. (link to book)
  • Griffiths, J, Dethier M, Newsome A, Byers JE, Meyer JJ, Oyarzun F and Leninhan H (2006). Invertebrate community responses to clam digging. Marine Biology 149, 1489-1497 (pdf) 
Grants, Scholarships & Awards
  • FONDECYT REGULAR “Genetic, biochemical and reproductive behavioral mechanisms determining the evolution of life history strategies in marine invertebrates: Poecilogony species as study models”. 2017-2020 Co-investigator.
  • 2016 Art and Science project “Marine Consciousness”, Fondo de Apoyo a la extensión artística y cultural (F. A. E. A. C.) 2016, UCSC.
  • 2016 Funds to attend workshop and exhibit on foraminifera from the Paul Brönnimann Foundation, University of Geneva.
  • 2014 Adjudicación de Proyecto del Primer Concurso de Fondos Arte & Ciencia UdeC. Título: “Sardinas, Genes y Greda” formulado en conjunto con Dr. Cristian Canales y basado en su tesis de doctorado. (Escultura fue inaugurada en Julio del 2015 bajo el título “Cardumen Filogenético”)
  • Postdoctoral FONDECYT # 3120202 “Brooding behavior, hatching plasticity and intrafamilial conflict in the poecilogonous polychaete Boccardia wellingtonensis“. 2011-2013. Principal Investigator/Investigadora principal.
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Washington. 2008.
  • Project for Interdisciplinary Pedagogy, PIP, University of Washington, Bothell, USA. 2008-2009.
  • National Science Foundation grant OCE # 0623102 “Predator-Induced Defenses of Marine Planktonic Animals”. 2007-2010. Research Assistant.
  • STRI fellowship, Smithsonian Institute, Panama. 2006.
  • Sargent Award, Department of Biology, University of Washington. 2006
  • Distinguish Teaching Award Ingrith Deyrup-Olsen Award, Department of Biology, University of Washington 2006.
  • National Science Foundation grant OCE #0217304 “Swimming and Vulnerability in Pelagic Development” 2002-2007. Research Assistant.
  • Fulbright Professional Enhancement Grant. 2003.
  • Fulbright Scholarship. 2002
  • Lerner-Gray Fund for Marine Research of the American Museum of Natural History, NY (EEUU).“Source versus Sink conditions in a marine protected area in central Chile”. 2000.
Outreach
  • 2016-2017 Alternate director of the project “CIMAGA PATAGONIA: Ciencia, Mar y Gastronomía Patagonia” Fondos XX Concurso de Proyectos de Explora de Valoración y Divulgación de la Ciencia y la Tecnología 2015-2016. This project teaches about marine biodiversity of the Patagonia through gastronomy.
  • 2015-2016 “Café Scientifique” for kids on marine biodiversity and ceramics. Activities for sixth grade students on marine biodiversity and ecological interactions, done during a 4 week period and in collaboration with Balmaceda Arte Joven (Concepción), Consejo de la Cultura y la Artes, Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, Centro de Biotecnología of the Universidad de Concepción and Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Oceanográficas, Universidad de Concepción.
  • 2015 Café Científico (Café Scientifique) “Relatos sobre arte y ciencia, una convivencia feliz”, Pinacoteca, Universidad de Concepción.
  • 2006-2009 “Learning to Learn in Science” (Introductory Biology Class for Underrepresented Minorities. Development, organization and running of this gradstudent volunteer program to help underrepresented minorities succeed in introductory classes in the biology series.
  • 2006-2009 Participation in the group “Biology Graduate Students Organizing Opportunities for Diversity and Development” (B_GOODD), former BiogradDiverse group, at the Department of Biology UW. Group interest in increasing the participation of minorities in science.
  • 2005-2007 Participation in “Science Days” & field days at Friday Harbor Laboratories, WA (K-12 students).
  • 2004  LIFT- UW Volunteer and Facilitator, Seattle, WA. Program directed to graduate students in science and engineer departments to improve communication skills and leadership.
  • 2002  Assistant at Outreach program “EXPLORA” at Field Research “Senda Darwin”, University of Chile, Chile. This program shared scientific knowledge on forest resources and conservation biology with children at local public schools.
  • 2001 Coordinator of Outreach program “EXPLORA-CONICYT” at Ecological Station of Marine Research (ECIM), Chile. This program opened the marine lab to the community via public school education and the education of out of school fishermen’s children.

Lines of work in Science & Art— Lineas de Trabajo en Ciencia & Arte

Ceramic Sculpture

Ceramic Sculpture

My sculptures are inspired by macroscopic and microscopic marine organisms: their form, movement, interactions, evolution and the scientific research that is behind them.

Cerámica escultórica

Mis esculturas están inspiradas en organismos marinos macroscópicos y microscópicos: en sus formas, movimientos, interacciones, evolución y en la investigación científica que se ha realizado sobre ellos.

Science Ilustration

Science Ilustration

I love co-creating info-graphics and illustrations for books, scientific papers and the web. I work with scientist and artist to explore the way in which knowledge is visualized and embodied.

Ilustración Científica

Me encanta co-crear infografías e ilustraciones para libros, manuscritos científicos y páginas web. Trabajo con los científicos y artistas para explorar las maneras en que el conocimiento se visualiza en incorpora en nuestro imaginario.

Teaching

Teaching

I teach courses at the university, but I also offer workshops and talks for all ages on art+science. This year 2021 we will teach a new tutorial and online course on marine scientific Illustration of Chile

Educación

Enseño cursos de nivel universitario, pero también imparto talleres y doy charlas para todas las edades en una diversidad de temas. Este año realizamos un nuevo curso tutorial y online de Ilustración de la diversidad marina de Chile

 Press — Prensa

Contact me! — Contáctame