Camila Cáceres

Graduate Student

   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.

  To what extent do artisanal fisheries affect coastal elasmobranch populations?

  Can interview surveys be used as a cost-effective method to asses elasmobranch populations?

  How does the socio-economics and culture of a country affect their elasmobrach artisanal fisheries and conservation efforts?

  Are different marine protected areas around the Caribbean effectively protecting elasmobranchs?

  Florida Keys




  Conducting the first quantitative assesment 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.

    Avid shark conservationist and educator featured in many national and international news networks including Telemundo and Radio Caracol.

  Conducts educational outreach by teaching elementary school children about science and biology.