Juan Carlos
LAFF Fellow 2017

Juan Carlos Villaseñor-Derbez graduated from the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC), Mexico in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography. Prior to that program, he performed independent research on trophic ecology of the invasive lionfish at the Mexican Caribbean. Later, during his three and a half years as an undergrad student at UABC, Juan Carlos worked with the university’s Kelp Forest Ecology Group, where he mainly studied fish assemblages associated with Kelp Forests along the Baja Peninsula.    

Upon graduation, he was hired as a consultant by the Mexican Tuna Seine Fleet in order to perform stock assessments and catch-data analysis. He also worked with the Mexican NGO Comunidad y Biodiversidad A.C. (COBI), as a Field Assistant, where he performed oceanographic and ecological monitoring in marine reserves voluntarily established by fishermen along the Baja Peninsula.    

Juan Carlos has a deep interest in understanding the implications of marine resource exploitation and management strategies, as well as addressing and communicating priority environmental and social issues and their possible solutions. Fisheries management, marine reserve design, and ecosystem ecology are among his main research interests. At the Bren School, Juan Carlos is pursuing a specialization in Coastal Marine Resources Management.

As a Latin American Fisheries Fellow, he’s excited to become part of a growing network of interdisciplinary marine resource managers seeking to identify and solve marine environmental issues in Latin America.