Dr. Mónica Valle-Esquivel
Dr. Valle joined MRAG Americas in 2010 and is now a Principal Scientist working on projects in our Fisheries Technical and Certification Divisions. Monica has over 20 years of experience in sustainable management and conservation of marine fishery resources. She is specialized in fish and shellfish population dynamics, stock and ecosystem-based assessments, design and evaluation of fishery management strategies, risk analysis, and fishery simulation modeling. Her work involves the full planning, development, and leadership of marine conservation and fishery management projects. She is also a certified Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Assessment Team Leader and has participated in the assessment of several fisheries, ranging from queen conch and spiny lobster in the Caribbean to highly migratory tunas in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Monica received a B.S. in Biology from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and a PhD. in Marine Biology and Fisheries from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami (RSMAS-UM). She worked with CIMAS-UM and NOAA Fisheries as a post-doctoral stock assessment scientist, and provided scientific advice to FAO, CITES, CARICOM, ACP Fish II, the CFMC-NOAA and other international organizations for the management of tropical marine species in the US, Latin America, and the Caribbean. In Mexico, she coordinated a United Nations (UNIDO) coastal management project within the Gulf of Mexico Large Marine Ecosystem program.