I use genomic tools to better understand the appropriate scales for conservation and management of coral reef ecosystems. Within this field, I study co-evolution in corals and their algal symbionts, connectivity among marine populations, the effectiveness of marine protected areas, and how commercial fish species have changed through time due to fisheries. My research here at URI applies these concepts to the Indonesian coral reef system to better understand how management may reconcile objectives based on biodiversity and/or fisheries benefits.
Before joining the URI family, I completed a postdoctoral research at the University of Puerto Rico and the PR Department of Natural Resources working with the genomics of the Queen Conch. Before then, I completed my PhD studying coral reef fish connectivity across the Caribbean and my MS working with Cobia aquaculture. I’m from Bogotá, Colombia, and have a love for the Andes, beaches, diving, traveling and camping.