OUR TEAM

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Joanna Alfaro

Joanna graduated from the Faculty of Biological Sciences at Universidad Ricardo Palma in Lima, Peru. She is the current the Director of Pro Delphinus and has been fully committed to conservation since her early years working as a field researcher at fishing ports along the Peruvian coast. Spending time in small fishing villages she learned the importance of collaboration between communities, researchers and government at dealing with conservation matters. Joanna obtained her PhD in 2012 from the School of Biosciences at the University of Exeter. She also teaches conservation biology at the Faculty of Marine Biology of Universidad Científica del Sur. Joanna is a Member of the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group, and is Sectorial Representative of the Consultative Committee of the Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles.
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Jeffrey Mangel

From Syracuse, New York, Jeff has worked with Pro Delphinus since 2003 as the Scientific Director. He is also an Assistant Professor at the Marine Biology Faculty at Universidad Científica del Sur and an Associate Researcher with the Centre for Ecology and Conservation at University of Exeter from where he received a PhD in Biological Sciences in 2012. He also has a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University (2003) and a Master of Science in Environmental Science from the SUNY College of Environmental Science (1997). He has participated in numerous research and conservation projects including studies of hawksbill turtles, monk seals, and coral reef ecology and seabird conservation. He also worked on a number of sea turtle nesting beach projects in Costa Rica, Suriname and Palau. In 2005 Jeff worked for the NOAA Pacific Islands Regional Office as a Resource Management Liaison.

 

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Marie Van Bressen

Marie obtained her PhD in veterinary sciences at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Immunology and Vaccinology, University of Liège, Belgium. She is an Associate Scientist at the Peruvian Centre for Cetacean Research (CEPEC) and founding member of Pro Delphinus and of the Cetacean Conservation Medicine Group. Her early work at Pro Delphinus and CEPEC was directed toward the conservation of cetaceans, sea turtles and other aquatic wildlife through environmental education of children. Marie was also closely involved in the monitoring of small cetacean and sea turtle fisheries in Peru, as well as in the in the collection of data on the natural history of cetaceans. Marie studies infectious agents of cetaceans, examines their epidemiology and how they could negatively affect the long-term conservation of dolphins, porpoises and whales. She is currently especially involved in the investigation of skin diseases in cetaceans worldwide and their possible link to a degraded habitat.

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David Montes

David is a biologist and veterinarian. He has a Masters in Veterinary Science from the University of São Paulo (Brazil). He is a member of the Peruvian Center for Cetacean Research (CEPEC) and Pro Delphinus. David has research experience with cetaceans and sea turtles and is teacher and researcher at several universities in Lima, Peru.

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Luis Santillán

Luis graduated as a biologist from Universidad Ricardo Palma, Lima. In 2003, he obtained a Masters in Sciences at Universidad Agraria La Molina. Luis conducts research in marine fauna along the Peruvian coast and currently works as a consultant.

Karina Ontón

Karina earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Ricardo Palma University and in 2002 obtained her Masters in Ecological Marine Management from the Free University of Brussels. Karina is currently working on the database obtained during work toward her Master thesis.

Andrea Pásara

Andrea is a marine biologist from Universidad Científica del Sur, Peru. At present she is working in multiple Pro Delphinus research, education and conservation projects. She is also doing her university thesis work with Pro Delphinus on the topic of seahorses. Her main interest is sustainable development projects that involve the participation of fishermen and consumers, and the sustainable use of marine resources.

Eduardo Segura

Eduardo is a marine biologist from Universidad Científica del Sur, Peru. He has participated on a project about turtle nest and rays in Piura, Peru. Also, he has worked in the laboratory of trophic ecology in IMARPE. Currently, he is working on multiple Pro Delphinus research and conservation projects. Eduardo is doing his university thesis work with Pro Delphinus on trophic ecology of eagle rays in northern Peru. His main interest is sustainable development projects that involve the participation of communities and the sustainable use of marine resources.

Mariela Pajuelo

Mariela graduated as a Biologist from Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Perú. She obtained both her MSc (2010) and PhD (2015) from the University of Florida, U.S.A. Mariela has worked with fishing communities in Peru to raise awareness about the need to protect marine environments and reduce the bycatch of endangered species. Mariela has investigated the foraging ecology of sea turtles populations using a combination of stable isotope analysis and satellite telemetry.
She has also assisted teaching several courses in the Biology Department at University of Florida, including vertebrate anatomy, animal physiology, and introductory biology. She is currently working at Pro Delphinus toward the great objective of conserving marine animals while promoting fishery sustainability.

Sergio Pingo

Sergio has a degree in Biological Sciences from National University of Piura and in 2011 was selected to be part of the Pro Delphinus project "Tools to Promote Conservation of Seabirds in the Piura Region" Since then, Sergio joined the Pro Delphinus team, collaborating with our research and environmental education initiatives.
 
Currently, Sergio is the Pro Delphinus representative in the city of Piura, is part of the Albatross Task Force (ATF) training team in Peru, and helps directs the Piura-based Conservation Radio program.
 
Sergio is fully committed to the conservation of birds, turtles and marine mammals and is interested in working together with Pro Delphinus on a variety of different projects along Peru’s north coast.

Astrid Jiménez

Astrid has a degree in Biological Sciences from, National University of Piura and in 2011 was selected to be part of the Pro Delphinus project “Tools to Promote Conservation of Seabirds in the Piura Region”. Since then, Astrid joined the Pro Delphinus team, collaborating with our research and environmental education initiatives. 
 
Currently, Astrid is the Pro Delphinus representative in the city of Piura, is part of the Albatross Task Force (ATF) training team in Peru, and helps direct the Piura-based Conservation Radio program. Astrid is fully committed to the conservation of birds, turtles and marine mammals and is interested in working together with Pro Delphinus on a variety of different projects along Peru’s north coast.

Nicolas Acuña

Nicolas graduated with a degree in Biology from University Ricardo Palma in Lima and he has been part of the Pro Delphinus team since early 2013. Nicolas does field work along the coast of Peru, especially in the north, collecting data and biological samples. He is also part of the ICAPO network, which seeks the protection and recovery of the Hawksbill Turtle in the Eastern Pacific. His interests are marine conservation and field work.

Adriana González-Pestana

In 2013, Adriana graduated as a marine biologist from Universidad Científica del Sur (Lima, Peru). During those five years, she had the opportunity to do an internship at the Galapagos Marine Reserve. In her stay at Galapagos, she learned that scientific research is a powerful tool for marine conservation because we cannot conserve what we do not know. At her return to Peru, she advocated to the conservation of sharks through research and education. Adriana has been participating in several research projects about elasmobranchs (sharks and rays) in Peru, such as, taxonomy and identification of elasmobranchs, nursery grounds, trophic ecology and fishery of smooth hammerhead shark (Sphyrna zygaena); trophic ecology of the most caught elasmobranchs species in northern Peru, reproductive biology of smooth hound shark (Mustelus whitneyi), and an analysis of the situation of elasmobranchs in Peru (fishery and conservation). Her goal is to understand the comprehensive life history of shark and rays, including their movement and migration, habitat use, stock structure, age and growth, reproductive biology, as well as, their role in the ecosystem. She also wants to understand the impact that fishery has on their populations.

Mateo Mamani

Mateo collaborates with Pro Delphinus in educational campaigns conducted at the port of Ilo in southern Peru. He is a lawyer and graduated from Universidad Particular de Tacna. Mateo also has 15 years of experience as an artisanal fisherman during which time he became increasingly interested in marine conservation and which led to his collaboration with Pro Delphinus.

Francisco Bernedo

Francisco is a fisherman from the southern Peru port of Ilo. Known as “Chaval”, he is dedicated to the conservation of endangered marine fauna.
 
Chaval has been collaborating with Pro Delphinus since 2005 as an onboard observer and in our educational campaigns on protected marine fauna held in fishing ports. In 2007, Chaval participated as the Pro Delphinus "Fishermen Ambassador" as part of our seabird program.

Eliana Alfaro

Eliana is a Biologist graduated from the National Agrarian University (Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina), Peru and achieved completing the programm “Master of Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management” (Oceans & Lakes) from Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Universiteit Antwerpen and Universiteit Gent) in Belgium.

 

She is interested in research about small scale fishery in Peru by applying an interdisciplinary work together with fishermen and scientists in order to generate information and to promote alternatives for a sustainable fishery in the country.

Francisco Córdova

Francisco has a Bachelor’s degree on Sciences - Fishing Engineering from the National Agrarian University (Universidad Nacional Agraria la Molina – UNALM) and he is part of the Pro Delphinus team since early 2015. He made a 6-month internship on the University of Guadalajara (México) studying Marine Biology.

 

There, he was part of the “Project Sharks and Rays from the Coast of Jalisco”, supporting the field work. Currently, he’s working on "Feeding habits of blue shark (Prionace glauca) in the North of Perú".

 

He is interested in working with the biology, ecology and fisheries of sharks and rays in Perú. 

Clara Ortiz

She is a Biologist graduated from the Peruvian University Cayetano Heredia, and has a Masters in “Marine Biology and Ecology” from James Cook University.

 

Along her carrier she has studied the genetics of different organisms. Currently she is interested in population genetics and its use as a tool to contribute with the conservation of different species, with particular interest in aquatic mammals. 

Jannyna Mires

Jannyna graduated as a marine biologist from Científica del Sur University in Lima and she has been part of the Pro Delphinus team since 2017.

 

She is doing her university thesis on swordfish, analyzing stable isotopes of carbon and nitrogen. In addition, she is part of the PNIPA Project in strategic alliance with TASA to reinforce techniques for handling and releasing of incidentally captured species. Interested in research about trophic ecology of top predators and sustainable fisheries to promote a better marine species and environment management.

Andrea Pazos

Andrea graduated as a marine biologist from Científica del Sur University in Lima and she has been part of the Pro Delphinus team since 2017.

 

Currently, Andrea is working on her university thesis about billfishes artisanal catches and she is part of the technical team of the PNIPA project for the development of molecular kits for species identification. Andrea is interested in top predators fisheries and biological oceanography research.

Daniela Thorne

Daniela is a Marine Biologist graduated from Universidad Científica del Sur. Her main interest is the conservation of animals and ecosystems through research, education and the development of more sustainable practices. Currently she is working hand in hand with fishermen from different ports of Piura in the "Fishermen Information Network" project to help them create a more sustainable community management system.

 

She has also been working on ecology and taxonomy of some sessile invertebrate groups, mainly focusing on their functional characters. The objective of this approach is to be able to predict the responses of these organisms to the environmental changes that are taking place at regional and global level.

Joshimer Rodriguez

Joshi obtained her degree in Biology at the Central University of Venezuela in 2011, with a specialization in Zoology and she’s member of Pro Delphinus since 2019. During her career she has been actively involved in activities of scientific divulgation, as well as in the study and conservation of wildlife, specially invertebrates.

Joshi currently assists in the management of different projects for Pro Delphinus, including the edition of a guide for the identification of beaks of various cephalopod species of the Peruvian coast. Her main interests are scientific communication through the edition of educational texts and photography, as well as research activities on biology and ecology of various species.

Nelly Peña

Nelly studied Biology at Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal (UNFV) in Lima, Peru. During her stay as a student she has participated in conservation events for the care of the marine environment. She did an internship at the Laboratory of General and Specialized Parasitology (LAPAGE) where she studied parasites in elasmobranchs, especially in batoids. Currently, Nelly is doing her undergraduate thesis with Pro Delphinus on the trophic ecology of "Eagle Skate" Myliobatis peruvianus in the north of the country.

She is a member of the Pro Delphinus team since 2019. Her main interest is the research of groups belonging to the marine environment, especially the batoid group, and sustainable fishing for better fisheries management and species conservation.

Adrian Custodio

Adrian is a student of the Marine Biology career at  Científica del Sur University in Lima. He has been a part of Pro Delphinus since 2020.

Currently, Adrian is working on his university thesis about the detection of heavy metal levels in blue sharks captured in southern Peru. Adrian is interested in the study of trophic ecology and heavy metal contamination in top predators, especially sharks.

Cristel Cordero

Cristel studied Marine Biology in the Científica del Sur University (UCSUR) in Lima, Peru. During the career, she had the opportunity to do different volunteering and internships (Centro de Recuperación de Animales Marinos – CRAM in Barcelona, Spain; Ecoceanica in Piura and Tumbes, Peru; Programa Punta San Juan in Ica, Peru) related to the conservation of sea turtles, sea lions, sea birds and elasmobranchs.

Currently, she is doing her undergraduate thesis about heavy metals present in blue sharks in southern Peru. She wants to understand how pollutants present in aquatic ecosystems can biomagnify in the food-chains of top predators. Besides, she is interested in research about trophic ecology of top predators, sustainable shark and ray fishery, as well as carrying out projects to reduce bycatch of top predators.

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