My research interests focus on the development of spatially-explicit tools for ecological research and natural resource management. Experience in marine (soft-benthos, seagrass and coral reef) ecology, oceanography, remote sensing and geographic information systems provides me with a strong foundation for the assessment of ecological and conservation problems in an integrative way. I have expertise handling, exploring and analysing large datasets, and possess a firm background in statistics.
I am currently based at the Smithsonian Center for Marine Conservation working on issues of marine resource use and marine conservation planning in Central America integrating conservation and fisheries issues.
I have been involved in several interdisciplinary projects, which have brought fruitful, long-lasting collaborations such as CARIACO (Carbon Retention In A Coloured Ocean), the GEF Coral Reef Targeted Research program, the last IUCN Assessment of reef health in the Caribbean, the Coastal Marine Productivity Program (CARICOMP) and most recently the Future Of Reefs in a Changing Environment (FORCE) project.
My research has produced a number of publications in peer-reviewed journals and also material intended for managers, translating the science into something they can (hopefully!) use. This step further into actual application is something that moves me, and drives my current research at the Smithsonian, where we are changing management and policy in Central America.
You can find an up-to-date list of my peer-reviewed publications in Google Scholar
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