I have been involved in marine research and conservation for over 20 years, with a particular focus on promoting a more sustainable relationship between people and nature. I am fascinated by the oceans and by sharks in particular. As a shark researcher based in Galapagos, my work is focused on assessing the effectiveness of the Galapagos Marine Reserve in protecting shark populations, but also on developing science-based recommendations to improve this protection. To do this, my research includes monitoring the abundance of sharks over time and also investigating several aspects of the ecology and dynamics of the shark populations in the Galapagos region. Since the main threat to sharks is overfishing, my work also focuses on understanding the impact of fisheries on shark populations and on how we can reduce overfishing by promoting alternatives source of income to fishers, such as tourism or more sustainable fisheries.
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