Research Assistant, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur-Unidad Campeche
Bio: Hydrobiologist from the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM) in Mexico City with postgraduate studies, MSc in Marine Biology and doctorate student at the Cinvestav (Research and Advanced Studies Center), Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico. Thesis work based on hydromedusae communities of the southern Gulf of Mexico. Area of Interest: Taxonomy and Ecology of Zooplankton. Area of Specialization: Taxonomy and Ecology of Hydromedusae. This is my second pelagic Cruise ship, the first was made on the Southern Gulf of Mexico area aboard the Justo Sierra Cruise ship from the National Autonomous University of Mexico UNAM. In terms of field work I’ve been doing coastal samplings more often on small fishermen motor boats including SCUBA diving sampling than big cruise ships, however the biological material from my doctorate thesis all came from this kind of wide area sampling cruise ships programs. I’m a PADI Diving Instructor with more than 24 years of experience focusing in teaching diving courses to academics, undergraduate and postgraduate students in natural sciences. Now active swimming and diving instructor and working in BIOMARCCA Program in ECOSUR. Hoping to have a wider view about the zooplankton communities on this vast area which is the Gulf of Mexico, shared with many countries and because of this, a great opportunity for gathering valuable natural information. My interest in Marine Sciences were based on my love of the ocean and the physical and natural processes occurring on the communities which have evolved in so many different ways to survive and live on this environment.
What I’m doing on this cruise: Our research group is focused on marine biodiversity and climate change. We are now focusing on the Pteropods communities. Pteropods are a widespread group of holoplanktonic gastropod mollusks and are uniquely suitable for study oceanic acidification because their calcareous shells. Ultimately Pteropods have been proposed as bioindicators to monitor the impacts of ocean acidification and in consequence have attracted considerable research interest. We still lack information on this vast area, which is the Gulf of Mexico, so this cruise is of great importance for the pteropods and plankton studies in general.