Marco Octavio Aburto Oropeza, Ph.D. 2009


For the past 12 years, Dr. Aburto's research has focused on the ecology and fisheries of reef fishes of the Gulf of California as well as the management of marine protected areas in the region. In 1998, he became the director of the Reef Fauna Project at Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur (UABCS), and he has been the Mexican PI for several scientific and fishery policies grants funded by Mexican and international organizations. Octavio serves as the coordinator for CMBC-GOC, and he currently leads a team of undergraduate and graduate students from several Mexican Universities who are investigating the importance of coastal habitats for the regional fisheries.


Octavio is a CMBC OCEAN LEADER, Assistant Professor, Lead Researcher, CMBC-Gulf of California Marine Program,  working on marine protection and sustainable fisheries in the Gulf of California. 

Thesis: The Role of Nursery Habitats and Climate Variability in Reef Fish Fisheries in the Gulf of California.

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Octavio has photographed marine ecosystems in Mexican coastal waters since 1984. His photographs have been used to illustrate outreach publications about the conservation of marine habitats, marine reserves, and marine species of important concern.

His personal webpage features his outstanding photographic skills:


Recent Publications

Erisman BE, Paredes GA, Plomozo-Lugo T, Cota-Nieto J, Hastings PA, and Aburto-Oropeza O. 2011. Spatial structure of commercial marine fisheries in Northwest Mexico. ICES Journal of Marine Science 68:564-571. Link

Erisman BE, Mascarenas I, Paredes G, Aburto-Oropeza, O, and Hastings, PA. 2010. Seasonal, annual, and long-term trends for commercial fisheries of aggregating reef fishes in the Gulf of California, Mexico. Fisheries Research 106: 279-288. Link

Aburto-Oropeza O., I. Dominguez-Guerrero, J. Cota-Nieto, and T. Plomozo-Lugo (2009). Recruitment and ontogenetic habitat shifts of the Yellow snapper (Lutjanus argentiventris) in the Gulf of California. MARINE BIOLOGY, DOI 10.1007/s00227-009-1271-5. Link