Roosevelt Mesa Gutierrez
Roosevelt Mesa Gutierrez
Coastal and Marine Conservation; Environmental Policy and Management;
Marine Mammals Biology and Ecology; Community Based Management; Environmental Awareness
GEOSPATIAL ANALYSIS CERTIFICATE, May 2018
Nicholas School of the Environment
Concentration: Coastal Environmental Management.
Coursework: Marine Conservation; Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy; Geographic Information Systems (GIS); Environmental and Resource Economics; Fisheries’ dynamics
Leadership: Working Group for the Environment in Latin America (WGELA) Representative; Black and Latino Club Representative.
Thesis: Population structure of the Atlantic spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis) in the Caribbean.
As part of an interdisciplinary faculty-student team we address the negative relation between pilot whales and fisheries in the East Coast. Combining GIS analysis, ecological data and interviews with stakeholders, the initiative’s main goal is to understand and contribute to the improvement of both cetaceans’ and fisheries’ scenarios. May 2017 – Present.
Developed databases and general diagnoses of studies related to bioaccumulation and biomagnification in the marine environment, as well as to the population distribution of humpback whales, in Latin America. Supported the evaluation committee in selection of research projects to be developed during the 2017-2018 Colombian expedition to Antarctica. May – August 2017.
Collected demographic, behavioral and geographic data of marine mammals observed while on board of cargo ships navigating the Portuguese EEZ. Data was later added to databases used for geospatial analysis. July – September 2015.
Gathering of observational and acoustic data, along with the photo identification of humpback whales using local whale watching vessels as research platforms. Analysis and edition of photographic databases. July 2014.
Project developed with the purpose of establishing a research baseline aimed to the demographic and genetic study of the marine mammals that inhabit the northern coast of Colombia. Scientific research complemented by educative sessions to create awareness among artisanal fishermen in local communities regarding the ecological importance of these organisms. 2014 – present.
Software: Microsoft Office Suite; R; ArcGIS.
Languages: Spanish (native speaker); English (high proficiency); Portuguese (professional proficiency).
Training: PADI Advance Diver; Emergency First Responder; Marine Mammals Strandings.