Recent Publications

2021 - Present

As a member of the “High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy”, Mexico has committed to expand community-based marine conservation. We draw from more than two decades of experience to outline how existing resources may be leveraged to help inform the country’s ambitious conservation plans.
Front in Mar Sci. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2022.893104, 2022

Moored fish aggregating devices (MFADs) are promoted in small-scale fisheries around the world as tools to increase fisher incomes, enhance food security, and ease pressure on degraded inshore fisheries. Here we develop a framework for identifying and evaluating factors likely to influence MFAD fishery outcomes and apply it across states in the insular Caribbean region.
Front in Mar Sci. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2022.827068, 2022

We propose a novel institution to enhance MPA design –a ‘Conservation Finance Area (CFA)’ –that utilizes leased fishing zones inside of MPAs, fed by spillover, to finance monitoring and enforcement and achieve greater conservation success. We show that CFAs can fully finance enforcement, deter illegal fishing, and ultimately maximize fish biomass
Environmental Research Letters. DOI 10.1088/1748-9326/ac3439, 2021

Coastal marine ecosystems face a host of pressures from both offshore and land-based human activity. We use a new high-resolution geospatial model to measure and map nitrogen (N) and pathogen—fecal indicator organisms (FIO)—inputs from human sewage for ~135,000 watersheds globally. Our model indicates that wastewater adds 6.2Tg nitrogen into coastal waters, which is approximately 40% of total nitrogen from agriculture.

We present a case study of asymetries in management using the giant sea bass (Stereolepis gigas, Polyprionidae) to highlight how these management and research asymmetries can skew national perceptions of population status for a fully transboundary species. We find large asymetries in the number of scientific publications and annual funding related to giant sea bass; annual fishery production and consumptive value; and visual records. These asymmetries have generated a distorted view of the population status of the giant sea bass across its entire range.
Fish and Fisheries. DOI 10.1111/faf.12594, 2021


Distributional effects of conservation

Interactions between biodiversity and economic use of the oceans

Community-based conservation

Human and environmental dimensions of conservation

Fuel fishery subsidies

Environmental institutions and Ecological implications

Invasive species

The invasive lionfish in the Caribbean



More Publications

(2022). Two Decades of Community-Based Marine Conservation Provide the Foundations for Future Action. Front in Mar Sci. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2022.893104.

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(2022). Evaluating conditions for Moored Fish Aggregating Device Fisheries Development in the Caribbean and Bermuda. Front in Mar Sci. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2022.827068.

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(2021). Self-financed marine protected areas. Environmental Research Letters. DOI 10.1088/1748-9326/ac3439.

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(2021). Mapping global inputs and impacts from human sewage in coastal ecosystems. PLoS ONE. DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0258898.

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(2021). Asymmetry across international borders: Research, fishery and management trends and economic value of the giant sea bass (*Stereolepis gigas*). Fish and Fisheries. DOI 10.1111/faf.12594.

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Outreach and technical documents

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(2020). El Pez León invasor en el Caribe Mexicano. Biodiversitas.


(2018). Los Bosques Sumergidos de México. Biodiversitas.


(2017). Buscando al gigante de los bosques de kelp en las aguas de Baja California: el mero gigante. Mediterranews. DOI 10.13140/RG.2.2.17855.82082.

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(2017). Searching for the Giants of the Kelp Forest in Mexican Waters: the Giant Sea Bass. Mediterranews. DOI 10.13140/RG.2.2.23098.70089.

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(2016). Fishers teaching fishers. Brenlife.

Project Source Document

(2015). 2015 El Niño threatens tuna fishery. Brenlife.

Source Document

(2015). Effects of short-term marine reserves on grouper and bass populations. dataMares. DOI 10.13022/M33K52.

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(2014). Counting fish in the kelp forests of Baja California. dataMares. DOI 10.13022/M3BC7X.

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