Catalina López Sagástegui
Master’s Degree in Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego

UC MEXUS residency from June 2010 - current
Catalina López Sagástegui

My work revolves around biodiversity conservation and fisheries management initiatives in the Upper Gulf of California, Mexico. I am part of the Gulf of California Marine Program at SCRIPPS Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, which is a multidisciplinary team of scientists, students, and professionals dedicated to generating and disseminating scientific information that has a direct, positive impact on conservation and resource management issues in the Gulf of California. I am also a member of the advising team for the Cucapá community from El Indiviso, Baja California; my role is to help integrate scientific information into the Cucapá’s long-term vision plan which includes a sustainable fishing component.

Most of my time is dedicated to describing and analyzing how local communities participate in resource management and monitoring how they cope with changes in social, economic and political contexts that public policies bring. One of my tasks is to help build and maintain collaborative relationships between fishers, scientists and non-government groups in order to generate knowledge that can be integrated into public policies. So far, our work is having a positive impact on vaquita marina conservation and regional fisheries management efforts; but most importantly, we are successfully increasing the participation of fishermen and young community members in scientific research projects. Working in multidisciplinary teams facilitates the integration of various points of views and approaches to solving sustainability problems. I have also enjoyed tackling the challenge of communicating science to a non-technical audience in order to increase the impact research has on moving towards sustainable fishing activities and species conservation.

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