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"Work. Publish. Release."

Mission statement

We aim to promote free, open science by providing easy-access to robust scientific information for everyone. We believe this will help lead to a deeper understanding of the ecosystems in the Gulf of California and other parts of the world, while contributing to a better quality of life and a resourceful and healthy environment for present and future generations.

Vision

We aim to promote free, open science by providing easy-access to robust scientific information for everyone. We believe this will help lead to a deeper understanding of the ecosystems in the Gulf of California and other parts of the world, while contributing to a better quality of life and a resourceful and healthy environment for present and future generations.

our team

Octavio Aburto-Oropeza

co-founder & managing director

Dr. Aburto’s research has focused on the ecology and fisheries of reef fishes of the Gulf of California as well as the management of marine protected areas in the region for the past 12 years. He has been the PI for several scientific and fishery policies grants funded by Mexican and international organizations. Octavio currently leads a research group composed of undergraduate and graduate students from UABCS and SIO that investigates the importance of coastal habitats (e.g. mangroves and Sargassum beds) for the regional fisheries. He was formally a post-doctoral fellow of the WWF Kathryn Fuller Science for Nature Fund.

maburto@ucsd.edu

Marcia Moreno Báez

co-founder & Director of Operations

Spatial Analyst and over the last decade, Dr. Moreno Baez has worked in the study of the spatial and temporal dimension of human-environment interactions through collaborative research involving stakeholders into the process. Her most significant work can be summarized as facilitating the practical use of natural resources, science and technology, and helping meet the growing demand for a spatially explicit planning in conservation. She is currently coordinating projects and collaborations centered on the coastal and marine spatial ecosystem approaches towards research and management of fisheries on two major initiatives: the fisheries and the marine reserves in the Gulf of California program.

mmorenobaez@ucsd.edu

Raquel López Sagástegui

Co-Managing Director

Raquel has worked for ten years in the areas of communication and fundraising in non-profit and academic organizations in Mexico. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies with a focus in Politics from Seattle University (Seattle, WA) and has a Master’s in Development and International Aid from Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain. Her professional experience includes developing and coordinating communications and fundraising strategies, most recently for Centro de Colaboración Cívica (CCC), where she also provided support for institutional strengthening efforts. Raquel also worked in the Development Department at Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM) as Head of Foundation Relations where she successfully helped continue and grow the University’s scholarship programs with corporate and private foundations, and secured funds for capital campaign projects.

raquel@gocmarineprogram.org

Andrew F. Johnson

Editor-in-Chief

Postdoctoral Researcher at SIO. Dr. Johnson’s research focuses on the impacts of marine fisheries on fish populations and habitats. Since beginning his studies in marine biology in 2002, Dr. Johnson has traveled extensively, working with nine different fisheries in six countries gaining valuable experience in a range of fishing methods and management strategies. His doctorate at the School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University (UK, 2012) focused on determining the habitat requirements of demersal fishes and how this knowledge can be used in MPA design. He is passionate about integrating sound ecological knowledge of fishes and ecosystems with the behaviour and patterns of fisheries in order to help predict the future impacts of current exploitation levels. He aims to use such synergies to aid the Gulf of California Marine Program in the design of future, sustainable management strategies for Mexican fisheries.

afjohnson@ucsd.edu

Octavio Aburto-Oropeza

co-founder & managing director

Dr. Aburto’s research has focused on the ecology and fisheries of reef fishes of the Gulf of California as well as the management of marine protected areas in the region for the past 12 years. He has been the PI for several scientific and fishery policies grants funded by Mexican and international organizations. Octavio currently leads a research group composed of undergraduate and graduate students from UABCS and SIO that investigates the importance of coastal habitats (e.g. mangroves and Sargassum beds) for the regional fisheries. He was formally a post-doctoral fellow of the WWF Kathryn Fuller Science for Nature Fund.

maburto@ucsd.edu

Marcia Moreno Báez

co-founder & Director of Operations

Spatial Analyst and over the last decade, Dr. Moreno Baez has worked in the study of the spatial and temporal dimension of human-environment interactions through collaborative research involving stakeholders into the process. Her most significant work can be summarized as facilitating the practical use of natural resources, science and technology, and helping meet the growing demand for a spatially explicit planning in conservation. She is currently coordinating projects and collaborations centered on the coastal and marine spatial ecosystem approaches towards research and management of fisheries on two major initiatives: the fisheries and the marine reserves in the Gulf of California program.

mmorenobaez@ucsd.edu

Raquel López Sagástegui

Co-Managing Director

Raquel has worked for ten years in the areas of communication and fundraising in non-profit and academic organizations in Mexico. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies with a focus in Politics from Seattle University (Seattle, WA) and has a Master’s in Development and International Aid from Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain. Her professional experience includes developing and coordinating communications and fundraising strategies, most recently for Centro de Colaboración Cívica (CCC), where she also provided support for institutional strengthening efforts. Raquel also worked in the Development Department at Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM) as Head of Foundation Relations where she successfully helped continue and grow the University’s scholarship programs with corporate and private foundations, and secured funds for capital campaign projects.

raquel@gocmarineprogram.org

Andrew F. Johnson

Editor-in-Chief

Postdoctoral Researcher at SIO. Dr. Johnson’s research focuses on the impacts of marine fisheries on fish populations and habitats. Since beginning his studies in marine biology in 2002, Dr. Johnson has traveled extensively, working with nine different fisheries in six countries gaining valuable experience in a range of fishing methods and management strategies. His doctorate at the School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University (UK, 2012) focused on determining the habitat requirements of demersal fishes and how this knowledge can be used in MPA design. He is passionate about integrating sound ecological knowledge of fishes and ecosystems with the behaviour and patterns of fisheries in order to help predict the future impacts of current exploitation levels. He aims to use such synergies to aid the Gulf of California Marine Program in the design of future, sustainable management strategies for Mexican fisheries.

afjohnson@ucsd.edu

Catalina López-Sagástegui

Editor

Scholar in Residence, UCMEXUS. Catalina studied Marine Biology at UABCS and received a Master’s degree in 2006 in biodiversity and conservation from SIO. Since then she has worked in the Upper Gulf of California in conservation and resource management initiatives that involve a variety of stakeholders. She is part of a multi-disciplinary group working with the Cucapá fishermen in order to integrate indigenous rights into conservation and resource management policies. Her work focuses in developing descriptive analyses of the collaborative efforts local communities have been involved in, and coordinates citizen science program in the upper gulf.

catalina@ucr.edu

Alfredo Girón

Data Analyst

PhD student, SIO. Alfredo recently obtained an Oceanology degree from Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, and will start his PhD in Biological Oceanography at SIO. He has been collaborating with the Gulf of California Marine program for the last 4 years, specifically in databases administration, incorporation of oceanographic data to all our programs and in developing the web platform called DataMares. He is specialized in the use of satellite information and analysis of temporal series, and is in charge of correlating these data with the biological datasets collected by the Gulf of California Marine Program.

jgironna@ucsd.edu

Vicente Obregón Noriega

Co-Founder and Developer + Systems Architect

Since ‘95, Vicente Obregon has been developing software at a professional level for several research institutions (CEDES, CECARENA, DICTUS), non-governmental organizations (Conservation International, World Wildlife Fund, Pronatura Mexico) and governmental organizations (ICRESON, CONAPESCA). His expertise involves the development of geographic information systems (for desktop and web) providing support to the Gulf of California Marine Program by improving and automating the information technologies processes, through the use of commercial and open source software, in highly used modern platforms (Windows, Linux, Unix).

desarrollogis@gmail.com

Exequiel Ezcurra

Collaborator

Former director of the Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias and provost of the San Diego Natural History Museum. Current director of the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS). Dr. Ezcurra is a professor of ecology at the University of California Riverside and an adjunct professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego. His 30-year career as an ecologist has embraced a vast range of interests that include nature conservation, the ecology and biogeography of coastal deserts and wetlands, land-ocean interactions, the application of mathematical modeling in ecology and conservation, and the management of natural resources in areas under traditional use (Please visit: Ezcurra Lab).