The waters of Baja, Mexico are home to more than a third of the world's marine mammals. Travel to the Gulf of California and the shores of the Pacific to study two of the most charismatic—the grey whale and the humpback. Work with researchers to collect acoustic recordings, DNA samples, and behavioral data on these immense animals.
Snorkel for predatory starfish
The Gulf of California has seen an increase in the crown of thorns starfish, which feeds on coral reefs. Conduct snorkel transects to assess the presence and abundance of this species and help researchers understand the threat to the greater marine ecosystem.
Jenny Carolina Rodriguez Villalobos, Ph.D. Marine Ecology, is the research director of Ecosistemas y Conservacion (ECO). Through her research, Rodriguez Villalobos examines diseases and other threats to coral reef systems, but like many scientists, she sees a need for collaboration to address these environmental crises. With her emphasis on citizen and community cooperation, and through partnerships with organizations like EPI, she's endeavoring to build capacity for coral reef monitoring and conservation.