Antarctic ecology one century after the conquest of the South Pole: How much have we advanced?

Ian S. Acuña-Rodríguez, Ernesto Gianoli, Fernando Carrasco-Urra, Gisela C. Stotz, Cristian Salgado-Luarte, Rodrigo S. Rios, Marco A. Molina-Montenegro

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The knowledge derived from Antarctic ecology may be fundamental for facing the complex environmental future of the world. As an early-warning system, a deep understanding of Antarctic ecosystems is therefore needed, but Antarctic ecology as a field is still very young and currently under consolidation. Around the world, 55 nations are involved in this task through their research programs, and, considering the importance of this joint effort, we evaluate some basic trends of their publications through a wide bibliographical review of Antarctic ecology. All ecology-related Antarctic papers published for 106 years (1904-2010) were reviewed. A lack of population and ecosystem research was observed, even in Animalia, the most studied kingdom. The publications originated mainly in developed countries; however, emerging countries have increased their participation in recent years. The current trends of Antarctic ecology as a field show a constant but low representation in both Antarctic science and ecology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)593-600
Number of pages8
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Antarctic ecology
  • Antarctic research
  • international territorial administration
  • scientific publications
  • Web of Science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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