I am a marine community ecologist and Marine Spatial Planner, and currently a PhD candidate in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions at The University of Queensland under the supervision of Hugh Possingham and Fiorenza Micheli. My research will focus on exploring strategies and methods to plan for ecoregional scale MPAs. My overall goal is to develop a novel framework that will aid managers to set effective strategies to make ecoregional conservation feasible. Over the past years I have been part of an ongoing collaborative network of researchers between Mexican and US institutions to jointly study and manage shared resources. I am also involved in kelp forest community research in Baja California and Marine Spatial Planning projects in the Mediterranean Sea.