Marcelo was born and raised in central Chile. His fascination with the ocean led him to study Marine Biology, specializing in seabirds and marine mammals. He possesses a Doctorate in Conservation Medicine and vast academic and field experience leading and carrying out conservation and research projects throughout Chile and the remote Easter Island. His first experience in Antarctica dates to 2005 when he conducted studies in penguin colonies for the Chilean Antarctic Institute. Since 2017, he has participated in more than 30 trips to Antarctica and is eager to share his knowledge of Antarctic Wildlife. In the present day, he is enjoying a sabbatical year from academic life and just returned from a fabulous season exploring Iceland and Greenland. Marcelo is also an enthusiast and celebrated wildlife photographer. He has been awarded, and finalist in several photography contests and has contributed images to various books on environmental education.