Environmental Scientist

Recent Publications


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

We simulate and test an international fisheries management scheme with transferable fishing rights that incentivizes, rather than hinders, large-scale marine conservation. We show that transferable fishing rights and a biomass-based allocation rule are pivotal to incentivize conservation under this market-based setting. Our work focuses on the Vessel Day Scheme (VDS)—an environmental market that is employed by the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (a group of nine Pacific Island nations) to manage their tuna fisheries—and areas in which large-scale conservation interventions have taken place.



Big Data to solve Big problems

Marine Protected Areas

Human and environmental dimensions of conservation

Invasive species

Ecological implications and environmental institutions



More Publications

(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.

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

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(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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