Recent Publications

2020 - Present

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

The use of moored fish aggregating devices (MFADs) has greatly expanded in the Caribbean region in recent decades. States vary widely in the size, ownership institutions, and management of their MFAD fisheries. Lack of management may degrade potential MFAD benefits and increase risk of negative social and ecological outcomes.

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.


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

(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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