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Professor Jesús Ernesto Arias-González

Coral Reef Ecology


Dr Jesús Ernesto Arias-González is a biologist trained at the Faculty of Science of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He obtained an MSc in Marine Science at CICESE, Mexico, and then had the opportunity to participate in a doctoral fellowship with the École Pratique des Hautes Études, France, and the CONACYT-SPHERE Program. He was then able to conduct his PhD thesis at the Laboratoire d’Excelence Corail at Moorea Island. After completion, by a repatriation and retention fellow from CONACYT-CINVESTAV, he began working at the Departamento de Recursos del Mar at CINVESTAV-Unidad Mérida, Mexico, in 1994, where he is currently a researcher and full professor. He founded and is currently responsible for the Laboratorio de Ecologia de Ecosistemas de Arrecifes Coralinos (LEEAC). His research interests include four primary areas related to coral reef ecology: landscape ecology; ecosystem diversity and function; resilience and connectivity of fish and corals in reefs of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.

During his time in CINVESTAV, Jesús was also able to work abroad. He had a fellowship from the Education Ministry of France from 1996 to 1998 to conduct coral reef research in collaboration with the Centre de Biologie et d'Ecologie Tropicale et Mediterranéenne. In 2002, he did a sabbatical at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, and participated in pioneering research based on a multinational and interdisciplinary study on the connectivity between coral reefs and mangroves in the Caribbean. In 2008, he participated in a sabbatical year at the University of Exeter, UK.

In Mexico, he is a founding member of the Consejo Científico y Técnico de los Arrecifes Coralinos and its first president. He is also a founding member of the Sociedad Mexicana de Arrecifes Coralinos. He has participated in various national and international macro projects, among which are the GEF-Coral Reef Targeted Research on connectivity and modeling for management and decision-making regarding coral reefs, the Mexican Ecosystem Network-CONACyT and GASPAR-CESAB-FRB. He is a Mexican Senior Research Fellow-CONACyT (SNI III) and an active member of the Mexican Academy of Science, as well as the International, the French and the Mexican Coral Reef Societies. Recently he was recognized with the Research Conservation Nature 2017 prize by the Comisión Nacional de Areas Protegidas of Mexico.