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Research Interests

I specialized in applying multidisciplinary approaches for the conservation of marine biodiversity, working in the interface between research and practice. Early on in my academic career I focused on vairous systems as models, including coral reefs, coral's microbiota, plankton, seagrasses and rocky shores and used experimental approaches to describe ecological processes and the mechanisms that underpin them.

As I increase my time as practitioner, I became interested in socio-ecological systems and completed a Doctorate in conservation and management of marine resources. My  focus is on rare species,  monitoring techniques to assess their status and that of marine biodiversity more accurately, leveraging technology to improve the way and the pace high-level indicators are infromed and updated.


Teaching Responsibilities


  • Course Lead for teh MSc in Applied Aquatic Biology
  • Coordinator M28934 Science and the Media
  • Coordinator M20154 Aquatic Biology research Project
  • Contributor:
    • Research Skills | Statistics
    • Marine Planning, Policy and Conservation | Prioritisation frameworks for species conservation


  • Contributor:
    • Experimental Biology | Statistics (L4)
    • Introduction to Marine Ecology and Ocenography | Species Interactions (L4)
    • Marine Organisms and Ecosystems | Plankton, Macroalgae, Coral Reefs (L5)
    • Ecology Skills and Field Course | Biogeography , Modelling Species Interactions (L5)
    • Marine Ecology and Conservation | Megafauna (L6)
    • Marine Ecophysiology | Physiological Responses of Macroalgae (L6)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Socio-ecological baseline for the conservation and management of the threatened pillar coral in Los Roques NP, Universidad Simón Bolívar

12 Apr 201422 Nov 2018

Award Date: 18 Mar 2020

Master of Science, Microalgae from the mucus layer of Scleractinia corals, Universidad Simón Bolívar

15 Jan 200619 May 2009

Award Date: 8 Dec 2009

BSc (Hons), Spatial and temporal variability of epiphytic microalgae associated to the mucus of corals

12 Apr 200018 Jun 2005

Award Date: 9 Dec 2005

External positions

Marine and Freshwater Specialist, Zoological Society of London

23 Apr 2018 → …

Lecturer, Universidad Simón Bolívar

15 Jan 20151 Dec 2017

Research Fellow, Universidad Simón Bolívar

6 Sept 20111 Dec 2014

Project Coordinator, Ius Naturae

1 Nov 20091 Sept 2011

Project Adviser, INSOPESCA

1 Aug 200715 Feb 2010

Teaching Assistant, Universidad Simón Bolívar

1 Apr 20061 Dec 2009


  • Q Science (General)
  • species conservation
  • MPA
  • coastal systems
  • socio-ecological systems
  • SfM
  • monitoring


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