Miguel Castellanos, a first-year master ́s student, graduated from the Arizona State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Resource Management. After graduation, he returned to Mexico to work as a research assistant in the government agency, Instituto Nacional de Pesca y Acuacultura (INAPESCA), being the institution is responsible for the biological, social, and economic research on exploited marine resources.
During his four years at INAPESCA, Miguel collected and analyzed biological and environmental samples for three fisheries projects: Swimming crab, jellyfish, and the endangered totoaba species. As Miguel got more involved in this primary sector of the economy, he realized the crucial need for innovation and development across the stakeholders.
As a Fellow, Miguel will pursue the Coastal Marine Resource Management specialization at Bren School. His goal is to work either continue working in a government agency or a consulting firm where he is able to integrate scientific research, economics and politics to generate more accurate legislations, norms and political strategies that would remediate fishery and environmental problems from their roots.