He is an Assistant Profesor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), and a professional photographer associate with the International League of Conservation Photographers. 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. 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.
GIUSEPPE NOTARBARTOLO DI SCIARA
Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara is a marine ecologist concerned with the conservation of the marine environment and its biodiversity. He obtained a PhD at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (California) in 1985 with a thesis on the taxonomy and ecology of manta rays, of which he described a new species. In 1986 he funded the Tethys Research Institute, which he directed until 1997 and now again since 2010. In 1991 he proposed the creation of the Pelagos Sanctuary for Mediterranean Marine Mammals, established in 1999 by a treaty amongst Italy, France and Monaco. He has served as the Italian Commissioner at the International Whaling Commission (1999-2004), and as Chair of the Scientific Committee of ACCOBAMS (2002-2010). Currently the Appointed Councillor for aquatic mammals at the Convention on Migratory Species; co-chair of the IUCN Task Force on marine mammal protected areas; deputy chair of the IUCN Cetacean Specialist Group; Regional coordinator for the Mediterranean and Black Seas of IUCN WCPA – Marine; and Advisor, Pew Fellows in Marine Conservation. He teaches science and policy of the conservation of marine biodiversity at the University Statale of Milan (more details on www.disciara.org).