University of Oxford, Department of Zoology
M.Sc. (2005), Biodiversity, Conservation and Management
University of Oxford, Department of Geography
B.A. (2001), Psychology
My current research is looking at the sustainability of ornamental fisheries in Puerto Rico. The study strives to understand ornamental fisheries on this Caribbean island through user perspectives, market forces, ecological and public policy aspects. Public policy revision is needed to further ensure the protection of ornamental species, for the health of the ecosystem and for the benefit of users. Local government agencies lack knowledge on the ornamental species trade and this study is an effort to change that. There are four main goals of the project: understanding user perspectives and socio-economic relationship to the trade, carrying out a global market analysis, conducting species population and habitat assessments, and analyzing public policy to develop recommendations.
Funding Bodies and Collaborators
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOOA)
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Caribbean Coral Reef Institute (CCRI)
International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF), Forest Service, USDA
Department of Marine Sciences, University of Puerto Rico
Department of Zoology, University of Oxford
St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford
Department of Natural and Environmental Resources
Sea Grant College Program
Caribbean Fisheries Management Council (CFMC)
Interdisciplinary Center for Coastal Studies (CIEL)
Topics of Interest
My main focus is looking at the use and conservation of natural resources through an interdisciplinary approach. I’m interested in the management of marine resources as well as the design and implementation of public policy that takes into account user needs and perspectives while making sure ecological conservation is achieved.
Lugo, A.E., A. Ramos-Alvarez, A. Mercado, D.L.L. Feliciano, G. Cintron, L. Marquez D'Acunti, R. Chaparro, J. Fernandez Porto, S.J. Peisch, and J. Rivera Santana. 2004. Cartilla de la Zona Marítimo Terrestre. Acta Cientifica 18:(1-3),1-148.
Ramos-Alvarez, A. & Mascia, M.B. Marine Protected Area Compliance (In progress).