NEREA LEZAMA - OCHOA - Mobula Conservation
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Nerea is a quantitative marine ecologist and a postdoctoral researcher at the Environmental Research Division (NOAA, Monterey, USA) specializing in large pelagic species. She has a PhD in Fisheries and Conservation from AZTI (Spain) and completed a postdoc at the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) (San Diego, USA). Her research focuses on the conservation and management of pelagic species taken incidentally on diverse fisheries. Her main research interests are ecological modeling, spatial ecology, oceanography, and ecosystem-based management approaches for the conservation of marine top predators. Her current research aims to describe future spatial distribution of Highly Migratory Species (HMS) under different climate change scenarios in the area of Hawaii and the California Current System (CCS) and using Species Distribution Models (SDM).