Dr. Octavio Aburto is an Associate Professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), a professional photographer associated with the International League of Conservation Photographers, and a National Geographic Explorer. He is the Director of the Gulf of California Marine Program at SIO.
Sustainable Surf is very excited to have Octavio on our advisory board. He is both a leading scientist in marine conservation, and an extremely gifted story-teller on the need for the protection of marine natural resources. We couldn’t imagine a better partner to help inspire the surfing community to actively regenerate ocean health.
Octavio has a strong scientific interest in the role of mangrove forests for ocean health and carbon sequestration. This video below shows the incredible benefits that mangrove forests provide.
Additionally, Dr. Aburto obtained his PhD at the Center of Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at SIO, and was awarded the Jean Fort Award by the University of California, San Diego, for his significant contribution to an issue of public concern through his doctoral research. Dr. Aburto is a Katerhyn Fuller Fellow, WWF-Science Program in 2010, was awarded the Conservation of Nature prize by the Mexican Ministry of the Environment – CONANP in 2014, and received a Hellman Fellowship, for a Junior Faculty Research Project in 2015. His research and photographs have focused on marine reserves and commercially exploited marine species and their fisheries in Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and the U.S. His photographs have been part of several conservation projects worldwide and have won international photography contests.