I am a Latin American marine scientist motivated to answer complex, real-life questions threatening the ocean and its social-ecological systems. I am particularly interested on how climate change is affecting the oceans and the management and conservation of marine resources. Currently, I hold a position as a Postdoctoral fellow at the Changing Ocean Research Unit of the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries for the University of British Columbia.

Overall, my research focuses on three main areas that relate to ocean health and responsible usage of marine resources:

– i) The management of shared fisheries under a changing world

– ii) Exploring the social-ecological impacts of climate change to conservation

– iii) Improving fisheries management and marine conservation in Latin America

These are complex narratives which require a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods, interdisciplinary collaborations, and genuine partnerships with local not-academic institutions.

I support collaborative interdisciplinary work and I believe that all scientific work, data, and code (GitHub) should be public and open access. As a Brazilian-Mexican citizen, I am committed to support policy-making and resource management decisions in Latin American countries. In parallel with my research, I work with different governmental and non-governmental organizations to tackle important problems facing fisheries and marine conservation in the region.


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