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April 2017 - September 2017
- Marine monitoring specialist
- Proyecto GEF Resiliencia (CONANP-PNUD-CONABIO) “Fortalecimiento de la efectividad del manejo y la resiliencia de las áreas naturales protegidas para proteger la biodiversidad amenazada por el cambio climático”
The crown-of-thorns seastar (COTS; Acanthaster spp.) inhabits coral reefs across the Pacific Ocean. Based on studies in the Western Pacific, when densities exceed ∼15 specimens per ha, coral reef degradation due to COTS predation may occur. There is little information about the role of COTS on coral reefs in the tropical eastern Pacific, although p...
The functional diversity of echinoderms has been understudied, even though these organisms are critical components of various ecosystems, including coral reefs and hard-bottom benthic communities. Additionally, there are only a few papers relating the protection level of marine protected areas (MPAs) with functional diversity. In this study, we cal...
In 2009 there was a report on an event of mass mortality of Diadema mexicanum in La Entrega, Bahías de Huatulco, and partial mortality in adjacent reef communities. In this study we estimated population density of D. mexicanum, as well as natural mortality and spatial distribution in 2 affected localities (San Agustín and Isla Montosa) during a sub...