I am the Director of the California Current Group.  My group works to advance marine conservation and management in the California Current by conducting research and developing tools to inform climate adaptation, marine spatial planning and ecosystem based management approaches. Our goal is to conserve the integrity of the marine ecosystem to help ensure healthy populations of marine top predators and sustainable uses for humans.

I was born and raised in Peru.  I completed my B.S. in Biology at Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina in Peru (1992) and my Ph.D. in Biological Sciences at the University of California Irvine (2004). My doctorate research was conducted under the supervision of Dr. George L. Hunt Jr. studying how physical processes associated with coastal waters affect the abundance and distribution of marine birds in Peru and Alaska. Previous work included 5 years as lead research biologist at the Peruvian Marine Research Institute (IMARPE) where I focused on using seabirds as indicators of fish abundance and distribution.

My current research focuses on the spatial and temporal relationships between oceanographic processes, zooplankton, and marine birds and mammals in the region surrounding Cordell Bank and the Gulf of the Farallones to better understand food web dynamics, identify predictable hotspots, and improve ocean zoning.  I am the lead Principal Investigator for the Applied California Current Ecosystem Studies (ACCESS) Partnership between Point Blue, NOAA’s Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries and several agencies and academic institutions. I currently participate on both Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries Sanctuary Advisory Councils (Primary for Cordell Bank and Aternate for Gulf of the Farallones).