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Andrea Sáenz-Arroyo is the director of science at Comunidad y Biodiversidad A.C. (COBI) in Mexico where she designs, applies and evaluates models for sustainable use of marine resources in rural coastal communities of Mexico and for application elsewhere. Through her work and research, she has had the opportunity to understand some of the conditions that encourage societies to commit time and money to conservation. Sáenz-Arroyo’s research projects are focused on environmental history and on understanding the performance of marine reserves and other restoration tools in enhancing the natural capital of coastal communities. She is also interested in the creation of global markets willing to absorb the costs incurred to conserve natural environments on a local scale. She has published some of her work in prestigious international journals, such as Proceedings of the Royal Society Series-B, Fish and Fisheries, Mexican newspapers and other magazines.

Sáenz-Arroyo joined COBI as an associate researcher in 2000. As of 2006 she is recognized as a researcher within the Mexican National Research System. In 2007 she was appointed to the position of adjunct professor at the University of Arizona in the U.S. and visiting professor at Universidad Nacional Autónoma México (UNAM). Sáenz-Arroyo obtained a bachelor’s degree in marine biology from Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, a master’s in research in marine and coastal management from The University of York in the United Kingdom and a Ph.D. in environmental economics and management in 2005, also from The University of York.


Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, Bachellor Degree in Marine Biology (1996)
University of York, UK, Master on Research in Marine and Coastal Management (1998)
University of York, UK, PhD in Environmental Economics and Management (2005)

Member of the Mexican National Research System (2006 – 2012. Level 1)
Mexican Science and Technology Council (CONACYT-Mexico), scholarship for PhD studies in the UK
British Council Technical Cooperation Training Award for Master’s Course in the UK (1998-1999)

Cudney-Bueno, R., Bourillon, L., Saenz-Arroyo, A., Torre-Cosio, F., Turk-
Boyer, P., and Shaw, W.W. 2009. Governance and effects of marine reserves in the
Gulf of California, Mexico. Ocean Coastal Management. 52(3-4): 207-218.

Sáenz - Arroyo, A. and C. M. Roberts (2008). "Consilience in Fisheries
Science." Fish and Fisheries 9: 316- 327.

Sáenz-Arroyo, A., C. M. Roberts, et al. (2006). "The value of evidence about
past abundance: marine fauna of the Gulf of California through the eyes of 16th to
19th century travelers." Fish and Fisheries 7(2): 128-146.

Sáenz-Arroyo, A., C. M. Roberts, et al. (2005). "Fishers' anecdotes,
naturalists' observations and grey reports to reassess marine species at risk: the case of
the Gulf grouper in the Gulf of California, México." Fish and Fisheries 6: 121 - 133.

Sáenz-Arroyo, A., C. M. Roberts, et al. (2005). "Rapidly shifting
environmental baselines among fishers of the Gulf of California." Proceedings of the
Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences 272: 1957 - 1962.

Sáenz - Arroyo, A. (2008). La paradoja del chimpancé pensante:
evolución, historia y valores de conservación en el medio marino. Del saqueo a
la conservación: historia ambiental en el estado de Baja California Sur M. Cariño-
Olvera and M. Monteforte, SEMARNAT, INE, UABCS.: 571 -599.

Sáenz –Arroyo, A. 2008. Redes de reservas marinas: estrategia para
recuperar la riqueza de nuestros mares. La Jornada del Campo 13 de
Noviembre del 2008. Pp 2

Sáenz –Arroyo, A. 2004. ¿Cómo recuperar nuestros mares?. El
Sudcaliforniano. Sección en la Ciencia. Domingo 13 de Junio 2004. Pp. 7.

Sáenz-Arroyo, A.. 2004. El enemigo equivocado. El Sudcaliforniano.
Sección en la Ciencia. Domingo 13 de Diciembre 2003. Pp. 5

Sáenz-Arroyo, A. 2000 Servicios ambientales de manglares ¿qué perdemos
cuando los transformamos? Expedientes Ambientales. GREENPEACE, 53pp.

Danneman, G. y Sáenz-Arroyo, A 1996. Desarrollo salinero en el
desierto del Vizcaino: el innecesario conflicto entre conservación y desarrollo.
La Jornada Ecológica. Marzo.

Sáenz-Arroyo, A. y G. Danneman. 1994. Áreas Naturales Protegidas:
Teoría o Realidad. La Jornada Ecológica. Mayo.

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