Sonia Bejarano, PhD
2010 Research Fellow, Research Scientist
Dr. Sonia Bejerano graduated as a Marine Biologist at the University of Jorge Tadeo Lozano (Colombia) in 2001 and then worked for 3 and a half years as a research scientist of the National Coral Reef Monitoring program at INVEMAR (Colombia) measuring the yearly change of the Caribbean and Pacific reefs of Colombia.
In January 2010 Dr. Bejarano completed my PhD at the University of Exeter (UK) working under the supervision of Professor Peter Mumby. During my PhD, I took important steps towards mapping the resilience provided by the process of fish grazing in Caribbean reefs (Belize), and also in understanding the sources of variability of the process of fish grazing on Pacific reefs (Micronesia).
As a post-doctoral fellow in the Global Reef Expedition Dr. Bejarano will have a unique opportunity to continue investigating fish grazing as a source of reef resilience, and its variability across spatial, temporal and anthropogenic gradients, and will endeavour to make this information available for strategic management and conservation of the coral reefs goods and services.
Porites and the Phoenix effect: unprecedented recovery after a mass coral bleaching event at Rangiroa Atoll, French Polynesia Springer Berlin Heidelberg 1432-1793 By George Roff, Sonia Bejarano, Yves-Marie Bozec, Maggy Nugues, Robert S. Steneck, Peter J. Mumby April 3, 2014 Abstract The 1997/1998 El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) was the most severe coral bleaching event in …
This article, published by one of the Living Oceans Foundation Research Fellows, Sonia Bejarano, PhD and science team member, Professor Peter Mumby, looks at changes in the spear fishery of herbivores associated with closed grouper season in Palau, Micronesia. Changes …
Nominally herbivorous reef fish play a variety of functional roles that are important in maintaining coral reef resilience, yet are major targets of spear fisheries in Micronesia. Although protection is afforded to iconic species in some areas, impacts of the fishery on the …
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