My journey as a marine ecologist and conservation photographer has been an incredible adventure filled with meaningful milestones and captivating experiences. As a Full Professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), I have dedicated my career to exploring and conserving the ocean's intricate ecosystems.
I studied at the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at SIO, where I earned my PhD. My research on mangrove forests was particularly significant, earning me the Jean Fort Award for its public impact. This recognition fueled my passion for using science to drive conservation efforts.
In 2010, I was honored with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Kathryn Fuller Science for Nature Fund Fellowship, which marked a pivotal moment in my career. This fellowship supported my work on marine reserves and the conservation of commercially exploited marine species in regions such as Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and the U.S.
Further accolades followed, including the Conservation of Nature prize by the Mexican Ministry of the Environment (CONANP) in 2014 and a Hellman Fellowship in 2015. In 2018, I was named a PEW Marine Fellow, recognizing my continued contributions to marine conservation.
As a National Geographic Explorer and a professional photographer with the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), I have had the privilege of capturing the stunning beauty and complexity of marine life through my lens. My photographs have not only won international awards but have also been integral to global conservation projects, inspiring a deeper connection between people and the ocean.
Through this platform, I aim to share the wonders of the underwater world and highlight the critical efforts needed to protect it. Join me in exploring the vibrant marine ecosystems and the stories behind their conservation.
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