Pablo Aran Sekul

Saleska & Arnold Labs

Office Location: BSW 224
Lab Location: BSW 102 (Saleska Lab)


  • M.Sc. in Ecology of Aquatic Systems, Universidad de Antofagasta, Antofagasta, Chile
  • B.S in Biotechnology, Universidad de Antofagasta, Antofagasta, Chile

Research of interest:

My interest is the study of microbial diversity in extreme environments such as the Atacama Desert and how they can survive such extreme conditions. Some of these environments are salt flats and volcanoes in northern Chile among others.


  • Aran, P., Aguilar, P., Bowen, T., Farson, M., Tapia, J., Vimercati, L., ... & Dorador, C. (2021). Insights into an undescribed high‐elevation lake (6,170 m asl) on Volcán Llullaillaco: A physical and microbiological view. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems.
  • Vimercati, L., Solon, A. J., Krinsky, A., Aran, P., Porazinska, D. L., Darcy, J. L., ... & Schmidt, S. K. (2019). Penitent snows are a new habitat for snow algae in one of the most extreme high-elevation environments on Earth. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, 51(1), 190-200.
  • Solon, A. J., Vimercati, L., Darcy, J. L., Aran, P., Porazinska, D., Dorador, C., ... & Schmidt, S. K. (2018). Microbial communities of high-elevation fumaroles, penitents, and dry tephra "soils" of the Puna de Atacama volcanic zone. Microbial ecology, 76(2), 340-351.
  • Schmidt, S. K., Vimercati, L., Darcy, J. L., Aran, P., Gendron, E. M., Solon, A. J., ... & Dorador, C. (2017). A Naganishia in high places: functioning populations or dormant cells from the atmosphere? Mycology, 8(3), 153-163.