Our project focuses on the coupled natural and human coastal marine systems of the Gulf of California, in northwest Mexico. By developing an interdisciplinary framework for understanding coastal marine environment-society connections in this region, we are generating information to help inform innovative marine management strategies in the Gulf and other coastal and marine areas worldwide.
Guiding research questions include:
- What are the key ecological and economic linkages among the coupled natural and human systems of the region?
- What is the broader ecological, social, economic, and institutional context within which small scale fishermen in the Gulf of California, and particularly in the La Paz region, operate?
- What are the implications of this emerging knowledge for policy and management?
Read our field notes, from Cabo Pulmo, Sinaloa, and La Paz. View our most recent publication (Walsh et al in press) on the coupled interactions between fishers and local economies and the influences of these connections on both people and nature.
For more images from the project, please see our project’s photo album.
As of March 2013, social science field research is underway in Cabo Pulmo, the third of three areas in the Gulf where we are collecting primary social and ecological data. Initial results from surveys with fishing families, conducted last year in the La Paz region, were presented at AAAS in Boston in February. Read our blog posts to the left to learn more.
Also, researchers worldwide can now view newly summarized reef fish community data from the Gulf of California at the data portal under development by Scripps’ Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, DataMARES. The free, open source interactive platform is designed to serve as a data management, sharing, and dissemination tool for the broader community of conservation scientists and practitioners in the region.
- Heather Leslie, Brown University and Lead PI (Heather_Leslie@Brown.edu)
- Octavio Aburto-Oropeza, Scripps Institution for Oceanography Co-PI (email@example.com)
- Xavier Basurto, Duke University Collaborator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Gustavo Hinojosa Arango, Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (CMBC) Collaborator (email@example.com)
- Brad Erisman, Scripps Collaborator
- Marcia Moreno-Baez, Scripps Collaborator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Sriniketh Nagavarapu, Brown University Co-PI (ssn@Brown.edu)
- Mateja Nenanovic, Duke University Collaborator (email@example.com)
- Alexandra Sánchez-Rodríguez, CMBC
- Katherine Siegel, Brown University Class of 2013
- Leila Sievanen, JIMAR and Brown University Collaborator (Leila_Sievanen@Brown.edu)
- Sheila Walsh, The Nature Conservancy and Co-PI (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Supported by the US National Science Foundation’s Coupled Natural and Human Systems Program, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and Brown University’s Environmental Change Initiative.