Rosenberg Institute Spring Seminar Series - Joanna Alfaro Shigueto


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Wednesday, January 27 | 3:30 PM
Estuary & Ocean Science Center | Zoom Registration

Marine turtle conservation in Peru
Joanna Alfaro-Shigueto, PhD

Abstract: I will be talking about sea turtle conservation in Peru, some of the challenges and also opportunities we have identified over the past decade. Our experience had been for a long time working with fishing communities, and it has been a learning process. Collaborations down the road had been crucial for our work, and one example is the work with Anna Costanza and Dr. Ellen Hines, using both expertise to learn about ways on how to help fishermen to continue fishing and reduce the impact on fauna as well.

Bio: Dr. Alfaro Shigueta studied Biology at Universidad Ricardo Palma. From 1995-1997 worked IMARPE, as the marine mammal coordinator. In 1995, she co-founded the NGO Pro Delphinus. Her research focuses on marine conservation and small-scale fisheries. In July 2001 she became a Global fellow at the Duke Marine Laboratory. In 2002 Joanna became a member of the Marine Turtle Specialist Group of the IUCN. Since 2002 Joanna has continued to work as Pro Delphinus President, extending its work to other marine species including seabirds, sharks and marine otters. Joanna obtained her PhD at University of Exeter, UK in 2012. Also in 2012, received the Whitley Award for Nature from Princess Anne in London. In 2015 she received the Marsh Award for Marine Conservation Leadership in Latin America. In 2020 she received the highest honour in Conservation in Peru through the Carlos Ponce Award for ‘Artifice de la Conservacion’. In 2016 Joanna was President for the International Sea Turtle Society. She is a member of the Cetacean Specialist Group since 2019. Joanna is a Faculty Member of Universidad Científica del Sur, where she continues to mentor the new generation of Peruvian marine researchers. She has also co-advised MSc students from Exeter Conservation Masters Programme. Joanna has authored and collaborated on ninety peer reviewed publications on Peruvian aquatic biodiversity in collaboration with the international research community.

See the full Spring 2021 Seminar Schedule.


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