Rodrigo Beas

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Facultad de Ciencias Marinas, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Ensenada, Baja California, México

Rodrigo’s website

Education:

BS Universidad de Guadalajara, Centro Universitario de Ciencias Biologicas y Ambientales (CUCBA) , Guadalajara, Mexico

MS Centro de Investigacion Cientifica y de Educacion Superior de Ensenada (CICESE), Ensenada, Mexico.

PhD University of California, Santa Cruz (2014)

Post-Doctoral Researcher: Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University- Micheli Lab (2014-2015)

Research Interests

I am developing a kelp forest ecological model to inform the placement of Marine Protected Areas in the Monterey Bay. MPAs are crucial in protecting marine resources and supporting a diversity of ecosystem services such as food production, flood and storm protection as well as ecotourism.

The aim of this study is to construct, refine and validate a quantitative model of a kelp forest ecosystem, including an improved food web, that will help ecologists monitor and evaluate the MPAs recently established along the coast of central California. Such a model will help ecologists and managers understand why some species might increase and others decrease in numbers inside and outside MPAs.

I am also interested in other projects, read below:

Baja Monitoring

This is a database of past and present monitoring and evaluation studies of natural resources in Baja and Gulf of California.

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CAMEO

To inform MPAs, this project is employing empirical data and comparative analysis of three ecosystem modeling approaches.

For more information click here


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