Director, Gulf of California Marine Program at the Institute of the Americas
Catalina studied Marine Biology at UABCS and received a Master's degree in 2006 in biodiversity and conservation from SIO. Since then she has worked in the Upper Gulf of California in conservation and resource management initiatives that involve a variety of stakeholders. She is part of a multi-disciplinary group working with the Cucapá fishermen in order to integrate indigenous rights into conservation and resource management policies. Her work focuses in developing descriptive analyses of the collaborative efforts local communities have been involved in, and coordinates citizen science program in the upper gulf.