The APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research, and Education ("ASPIRE") is an annual award sponsored by Wiley and Elsevier that recognizes young scientists who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in scientific research and collaboration with scientists in the region. This year, ASPIRE received 15 nominees contributing to the ASPIRE theme of natural laboratories. See all the nominees here.
"Dr. Contador is a biologist specializing in freshwater ecosystems. Her work has led to the identification and valuation of one of the most valuable Chilean natural laboratories: the Magellanic Sub-Antarctic ecoregion in the UNESCO Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve. Dr. Contador's research focuses on the adaptations of sub-Antarctic and Antarctic aquatic insects to global change in freshwater ecosystems through the study of their ecophysiology, life histories and distribution. Dr. Contador has published in over 15 peer reviewed journals." Read more about Dr. Contador here and here.