47 yrs, Mexican, [Marine] Biologist, BSc (UABCS, México: 1979-83), w/graduate course-work, MSc & PhD, in the marine sciences (CICIMAR, México: 1984-87), and in systems ecology and energy analysis –developing computer models of the interactions between economic growth and environmental degradation for policy assessment in Mexico (SUNY/ESF, USA: 1994-98), respectively. A vast array of extra-curricular courses ranging from computer programming, SCUBA diving, and wildlife management and conservation, to digital image processing of satellite data (remote sensing) and geographical information systems. Fluent in English, w/some reading skills in French [and a bit of German too].
A wide experience (CIB La Paz, Baja California Sur: 1980 87) in scientific research on several topics ranging from immunochemistry, microbiology, ichthyology, biochemistry, evolutionary and population genetics, systematics, up to applied fisheries science [first years as research assistant then as staff research associate]. University lecturer (UABCS La Paz, Baja California Sur: 1985 87) in biochemistry, genetics and evolutionary biology. Staff wildlife manager biologist for the Mexican government (SEDUE México City, DF: 1988 90), and Assistant to the Director for Academic Affairs at CINVESTAV (Mérida, Yucatán: 1990 91). Within the non governmental organization PRONATURA Península de Yucatán, AC, appointed as Coordinator General for the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve Program (Mérida, Yucatán: 1991 93), while teaching at the local university courses of animal physiology and biophysics, and the evolutionary biology summer session workshops (UADY Mérida, Yucatán: 1991 92).
Recipient of several scholarships (CONACyT: 1983 85), other international exchange visitor scholarships (US/AID: 1990 92; IIE/Fulbright- García Robles/CONACyT: 1994-97; SUNY/ESF: 1994-97), and executive manager c/o associate director of several grants for scientific research and development projects (CONACyT: 1985 88; WWF: 1991 93; USFWS: 1992 93; NAWCC: 1993, SEMARNAP: 1999-2000, SAGARPA: 2000-3; CONABIO: 2005-6). Fellow of the Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (SNI SEP/CONACyT: Investigador Nacional, Nivel I: 1991 94).
Appointed as Associate Program Manager and as Deputy Director for Interinstitutional Cooperation (International Environmental Affairs) for the National Institute of Ecology (INE/SEDESOL- Mexico City, DF: 1993-94). Duties included the executive supervision and maintenance (i.e. monitoring and evaluation) of the project "Conservation of Biodiversity in Natural Protected Areas of Mexico", a major component of Mexico's Environmental Program, as funded by the Global Environment Facility of the United Nations and the World Bank.
On returning from graduate school, during 1997-98, served as staff adviser to the Ministry of Energy at its National Commission for Energy Conservation (SE/CONAE- Mexico City, DF) and its Division of Energy Policy and Development (SE/SPDE- Mexico City, DF). By the end of 1998, appointed as staff advisor to the Presidency of the National Fisheries Institute (INP/SEMARNAP- Mexico City, DF). Teaching positions at that time included adjunct professorships of the Department of Policy and Social Sciences at the Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA- Mexico City, DF) for a seminar on “environmental economics”, special sessions of the “sustainable development and environment” advanced training program, and also of the graduate program on “Environment and Integrated Development” at the Centro Interdisciplinario de Investigaciones y Estudios sobre Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo of the Instituto Politécnico Nacional (CIIEMAD/IPN- Mexico City, DF).
Between 1999-2003, Director of INP’s Regional Centre for Fisheries Research at La Paz (Baja California Sur, México). Adjunct professor for the Master’s Program on “Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources” at the Economics Department, and for the “Marine and Coastal Sciences” graduate program, both of the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur (UABCS- La Paz, Baja California Sur: 1999-2007), teaching seminars on systems ecology and energy analyses, ecology of the economic process, sustainable development, and marine resources management.
Amid several consulting capacities, directed temporal professional consortia offering research and strategic science-based policy, management, advocacy and crisis control services involving marine and estuarine resources and habitat issues. Supervised or participated in developing natural resources management plans, diagnostics, participatory appraisals, etc., at the state and regional levels (LGL & Associates- La Paz, Baja California Sur: 2003-07).
For the last couple of years served as Deputy Director of Environmental Policy, at the Ministry of the Environment & Natural Resources, implementing a comprehensive ocean zoning program at the Gulf of California Large Marine Ecosystem, and advising the Directorate on several issues of energy- and climate change-related impacts in the region –current and projected (SEMARNAT- Mexico City, DF: 2007-2009).
Additional professional experiences in the field include several oceanographic cruises through the west coast of Baja California and the Gulf of California (1985-87), and the California offshore (2003). Visiting scientist at the University of California (Bodega Bay, CA: 1987), the American Museum of Natural History (New York City, NY: 1990), the University of New Mexico's Technology Application Center (Albuquerque, NM: 1992), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (San Diego, CA: 2003).
Scientific production includes more than 45 presentations in congresses, symposia, conferences and/or seminars, scientific reports and some 25 publications in peer reviewed journals, national and international (1982-). Member of several national and international scientific and professional societies, with main interests in systems ecology, energy analysis & resource quality, modeling interdependent social, economic and environmental processes for policy analysis, time series/trends analysis, global climate change, and environment and development economics.