• PhD Student (09/2011-present)
  • BSc (Biological Sciences), Universidad Nacional de Cordoba (UNC), Argentina (2005-10)

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Conservation Paleobiology Laboratory

I am a biologist interested in marine systems at a broad range of scales. As part of my previous background, I carried out fieldwork on the coast of Patagonia, where I studied predation of marine molluscs. My present focus lies on community ecology and broader scale patterns for molluscs along the east coast of Australia. Some of the questions I am addressing for my PhD thesis are: (1) How do prey species’ traits and life histories influence predation frequencies in molluscan communities? (2) How are molluscan communities structured in the southern part of the Great Barrier Reef? (3) What is the functional diversity of molluscs in these communities? And (4) how are snail predators and their prey distributed along the east coast of Australia? In order to answer these questions, I have been sampling at One Tree Island, as well as utilising existing databases and museum collections. Overall, my aim is to contribute to a broader understanding of the ecological relevance of molluscs in marine systems.


  • Martinelli J.C., Gordillo S., Archuby F. (2013) Muricid drilling predation at high latitudes: Insights from the Southernmost Atlantic. PALAIOS, 28: 33-41. [link]
  • Gordillo S., Martinelli J., Cardenas J., et al. (2011) Testing ecological and environmental changes during the last 6000 years: a multi proxy approach based on the bivalve Tawera gayi from southern South America. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 7: 1413-1427. [link]
  • Gordillo S., Bayer M.S., Martinelli J. (2010) Moluscos recientes del Canal Beagle, Tierra del Fuego: un analisis cualitativo y cuantitativo de ensambles de valvas fosiles y actuales. Anales del Instituto de la Patagonia, 38: 95-106. [link]