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Camila Cáceres

Marine Biologist


Research Locations: Florida Keys, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Colombia

PhD Student, Florida International University

Camila Cáceres is interested in behavioral research, both human and in elasmobranchs. Her background has been focused on cognitive evolution and cognitive research, but her recent projects are centered around the interactions between coastal human communities and their reef ecosystems. Through interdisciplinary methods, such as fishermen interviews and baited remote underwater video surveys (BRUVs), she studies how small-scale and artisanal fisheries affect coastal elasmobranch populations in various countries of the Caribbean.

Research

  • Conducting the first quantitative assessment of elasmobranch abundance and distribution in various Caribbean marine protected areas.
  • Testing the effectiveness of fishermen interview surveys at estimating local elasmobranch populations under various sociocultural contexts.
  • Estimating the extent and nature of artisanal elasmobranch fisheries in various Caribbean countries.

Education

  • B.S. Biology, Duke University, North Carolina, USA