We are proud to have Octavio Aburto on board as a Light & Motion ambassador. As a research scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), and a professional photographer associated with the International League of Conservation Photographers, Octavio has been photographing marine ecosystems off the coastal waters of Mexico since 1994.
His photographs have been used to illustrate outreach publications about the conservation of marine habitats, Marine Protected Areas, and commercially important species and their fisheries.
As a scientist Octavio's research has focused on mangrove ecosystem services, marine reserves, and commercially exploited marine species and their fisheries off the shores of Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica and the U.S.
As the 2010 recipient of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Kathryn Fuller Science for Nature Fund Fellowship, he currently leads a research group of graduate and undergrad students as they investigate the importance mangroves play in relation to the regional fisheries in Mexico.
Octavio also devotes his time to the conservation of marine top predators and spawning aggregations with participation in a regional project group. And in his spare time, he leads a separate initiative called "Mares Mexicanos" that creates photo identification of large marine predators inside Mexican Marine Protected Areas.
Octavio obtained his PhD at the Center of Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at SIO, and was awarded the Jean Fort Award by the University of California, San Diego, for his significant contribution on an issue of public concern through his doctoral research.
To learn more about Octavio's research and view his spectacular photography, go to www.octavioaburto.com.