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Alan Berman

Alan Ruiz Berman is a multi-cultural, environmental outreach and education specialist, and holds a MA in marine conservation from Victoria University of Wellington NZ and a BA in marine studies and visual arts from Prescott College in Arizona. He has studied and worked in the Gulf of California, as well as in New Zealand, Costa Rica, the Caribbean and in his hometown of Westport Connecticut, leading various student and citizen science programs, teaching marine biology, undertaking marine research and restoration, and working as a naturalist guide.

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Andrés Cisneros

Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor holds a BSc in Marine Biology and an MSc in Fisheries Economics, and is currently a PhD candidate in Resource Management and Environmental Studies at The University of British Columbia. He works as a researcher with the Fisheries Economics Research Unit at the UBC Fisheries Centre, specializing in applied resource economics. Linking field and theoretic work, he has studied the economics of ecotourism, competing fishing sectors, alternative management strategies and ecosystem approaches to policy, in developing and developed regions including Belize, Canada, Central America, East Asia, Mexico, Patagonia, the USA and West Africa.

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Benigno Gustavo Guerrero Martinez

Benigno is a current graduate student at the Southern Baja California Autonomous University (UABCS), writing his theses on the taxonomy of decapods (true crabs). Benigno has extensive experience in fieldwork, data management and in monitoring marine ecosystems, and he has worked in the Gulf of California as well as in the central and southern Mexican Pacific. At the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (CBMC), Beni is the Coordinator of Field Activities and the primary liaison with the UABCS. His chief role is the development of logistics concerning the ecological monitoring work that the CBMC carries out in the Gulf of California (GCMP Ecological Monitoring Program).

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Brad Erisman

Assistant Professor of Fisheries Ecology at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute and Visiting Research Scientist at SIO. Dr. Erisman has been studying the biology and fisheries of coastal fishes from southern and Baja California for nearly 15 years. He leads several projects related to the conservation and management of fish spawning aggregations in the Gulf of California, is a member of the Species Survival Commission for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and is a board member of the Society for the Conservation of Reef Fish Aggregations (SCRFA).

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Carlos Sánchez Ortiz

Carlos studied Marine Biology at UABCS, a Master’s in marine sciences from CICIMAR and a PhD in molecular evolution. As Director of the Proyecto Fauna Arrecifal at UABCS he has been developing research on molecular systematics of marine cnidarians and participate in the Gulf of California Marine Program’s rocky-reef monitoring program. Currently he teaches Invertebrates Biology, Benthic Ecology, Systematic and Genetics at UABCS.

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Catalina López-Sagástegui

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.

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Dayana Mendez

Dayana graduated from UABCS with focus on Fisheries Science. She is an active member in the Trackers program, working closely with the communities of Magdalena Bay, Isla la Partida, La Ventana, and El Sargento to collect and analyze fisheries data. Additionally, Dayana specializes in GIS and facilitates training courses in local communities to encourage data processing critical for sustainable fisheries management.

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Enrqiueta Velarde

Dr. Velarde is a seabird ecologist researching the breeding and feeding ecology of seabirds, mainly Heermann´s Gulls and Elegant Terns in Isla Rasa, at the Instituto de Ciencias Marinas y Pesquerías, Universidad Veracruzana. Her results have helped seabird conservation and predict sardine and other small pelagic fish catches, providing a solid base for this fishery’s management. Her work includes seabird pelagic distribution in order to determine seabird “hotspots” and areas for marine conservation or fisheries protected areas. Dr. Velarde collaborates with the ComCaac, an indigenous culture with extensive traditional knowledge regarding the region´s desert and ocean.

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Exequiel Ezcurra

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.

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Ismael Mascareñas Osorio

Ismael has a degree in Marine Biology from the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur (UABCS) and completed his Master degree at CIBNOR-La Paz in 2007. He coordinates the Upper Gulf project where he carries our biological and fisheries monitoring programs. He also collaborates in organizing and managing the citizen science program in the region. Ismael specializes in reef fishes and has been a principal investigator in the CBMC rocky-reef monitoring program for more than 8 years.

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Joshua Stewart

Joshua Stewart is Associate Director of The Manta Trust. His research over the last seven years has been focused on marine conservation issues as diverse as marine protected area development, the protection of endangered fish species, and, most recently, the ecology and conservation of oceanic manta rays. Joshua has been working with The Manta Trust since its creation in 2011 to better understand oceanic manta ray population ecology, and to develop conservation and management recommendations for the species based on the best available scientific evidence.

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Juan José Cota

José received his bachelor's degree in marine biology from the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur (UABCS) and has experience in the compilation of databases, ecosystem monitoring fieldwork, and fisheries monitoring surveys. He is the primary liaison between scientists and fishers in the fisheries programs in wetland areas like Bahia Magdalena and Punta Abreojos (B.C.S.), on the Pacific Ocean and on the Gulf of California including Golfo de Santa Clara (Sonora), San Felipe (B.C.), Espiritu Santo and La Partida Island (B.C.S.).

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Madeline Wukusick

Madeline is a graphic designer who specializes in visual communication for conservation-minded nonprofits and socially-responsible organizations. She focuses on the visual side of public outreach – effectively conveying nuanced messages through straightforward and engaging aesthetics.

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Marcia Moreno-Báez

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.

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Paola Ramierz

Paola is a graphic designer and illustrator based in California. She recently graduated from California Polytechnic State University with a BFA in Art and Design with a concentration in Graphic Design. She grew up in Mexico, and moved to the United States about 6 years ago. Living in California has allowed Paola to get a glimpse at different cultures, which often inspires her work. As such, she is often searching to immerse herself in new projects and to continue growing as a creative.

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Paula Ezcurra

Paula is a recent graduate from UCSB, where she obtained a B.S. in Aquatic Biology. While there, she aided in research on California kelp forest ecology through the Santa Barbara Channel LTER. She continued in research, focusing her work in Mexican desert mangroves as part of her involvement in the Gulf of California Marine Program. Today, Paula continues to pursue her interest in coastal marine ecology and conservation as a Master of Advanced Studies in Climate and Policy at SIO.

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Paula Sternberg

Paula is a second year student at UCSD majoring in Marine Biology, and minoring in Art History. One of her dreams is to pursue a graduate degree at Scripps with a focus on ecology and conservation, and to eventually become a researcher and professor at a university.

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Phil Hastings

Dr. Hastings' research focuses on the conservation, evolution, behavior, biogeography and systematics of marine fishes. He is also leading several programs focused on the conservation of marine fishes and monitoring of marine protected areas in southern California. In addition he has expertise in the biology, systematics and evolution of blennioid, serranid, and other fishes.

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Ryan Anderson

Dr. Ryan Anderson is a cultural anthropologist. He is currently a post-doctoral scholar in the department of anthropology at the University of Kentucky. His research focuses on the social dynamics of coastal conservation and development in Baja California Sur, Mexico. His doctoral research, which was funded by the National Science Foundation, examined the politics of development on the East Cape of BCS. Ryan's current research seeks to bridge the social and biological sciences in order to improve the efficacy and success of Marine Protected Areas. His broad research interests include environmental and economic anthropology, political ecology, coastal livelihoods, the California coast (in Mexico and the US), and marine conservation.

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Sequoya Suzuki Daniels

Sequoya is an undergraduate student at UCSD studying Marine Biology. He is currently involved with the digital media aspects of science communication. As an aspiring conservation biologist, he hopes to conduct research that utilizes photography and art in order to interact with a larger audience.

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Sula Vanderplank

Sula Vanderplank is a Biodiversity Explorer for the Botanical Research Institute of Texas and Visiting Scholar in the Gulf of California program. She works collaboratively on projects in coastal ecosystems around the Baja California peninsula and is particularly interested in land-sea connections. She is working to integrate terrestrial coastal data into DataMares, starting with records from the Cabo Pulmo region.

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Tara Whitty

Dr. Whitty’s general research interest is interdisciplinary conservation of nearshore environments in developing nations, focusing on small-scale fisheries. As a NSF SEES Postdoctoral Fellow and Conservation Assessment Scholar at SIO , she currently explores “The true meaning of ‘success’” in MPAs and alternative forms of area-based protection, including Locally Managed Marine Areas, investigating how different conservation approaches meet diverse objectives ranging from biodiversity protection to food security to human rights. Her research takes her to Baja California, Madagascar, Myanmar, and Gabon. She takes a social-ecological approach to understanding bycatch of marine mammals in small-scale fisheries, and founded the Small-scale & Artisanal Fisheries Research Network (SAFRN) as a research focus area at CMBC.

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Vicente Obregon Noriega

Vicente Obregon has been developing software for several research institutions (CEDES, CECARENA, DICTUS), non-governmental organizations (Conservation International, World Wildlife Fund, Pronatura Mexico) and governmental organizations (ICRESON, CONAPESCA) since 1995. 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).

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Victoria M. Jiménez Esquivel

Victoria is an Oceanographer from the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California and completed her Master’s degree on integrated coastal zone management at the Universidad de Cantabria in 2012. She specializes in data management and spatial analysis focusing on developing models to optimize large datasets of information generate by the Gulf of California Marine Program.

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