Jon LopezPosition: Head of Ecosystem & Bycatch Program - La Jolla Headquarters
Ecosystem & Bycatch Program
- Supervisor of the research activities and staff of the Ecosystem and Bycatch Program.
- Lead scientist on the developing and testing mitigation measures that promote the sustainable use of the ecosystems, including target, non-target species and sensitive habitats.
- Lead scientist of the quantitative research on fishing gear and strategies with an emphasis on the FAD fishery
- Ph.D., in Fisheries Science and Marine Ecology, University of the Basque Country, 2015.
- M.Sc., in Marine Environment and Resources, University of the Basque Country (Spain), University of Southampton (UK), Université de Bordeaux (France), 2010
- B.Sc., in Marine Biology, Universidad de La Laguna (Spain), 2008
Dr. Jon Lopez joined the staff as a quantitative fisheries scientist in 2018. Since 2022, Jon takes the role of Head of Ecosystem and Bycatch Program which is mainly responsible for the scientific research to support the implementation of the broad ecosystem goals of the Antigua Convention. Besides his supervisory roles of the Ecosystem and Bycatch Program, much of Jon’s current research focuses on investigating the impacts of anthropogenic activities and environmental variability on marine biodiversity and fishery resources, and developing and testing alternative mitigation, conservation and management measures that promote the sustainable use of ecosystems, including target and non-target species and sensitive habitats. With a strong background in the ecology and behavior of large pelagic species, especially in the FAD fishery, Jon’s research evolved to investigate and mitigate the impacts of the different fishery components. He has also been working closely with fishermen in all three world’s oceans, including skipper workshops and the development of code of good fishing practices. He has contributed to a number of working groups of different tuna regional fisheries management organizations (t-RFMO), including the Ecosystem and Bycatch, Tropical Tunas and FAD working groups of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT) and the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), and is now focused in the eastern Pacific Ocean. He is also a member of the joint t-RFMO FAD technical working group, the Seasonal Forecasting and Dynamic Ocean Management Task Team of CLIOTOP, and is a founder member of IMECaN, the Early Career Researchers network of IMBeR (Integrated Marine Biosphere Research).
- Joint tuna-RFMO FAD technical Working Group (2018-present).
- IMECaN (2016-present).
- CLIOTOP Dynamic Ocean Management (2018-2022).
- CLIOTOP Ecological Forecasting for oceanic top predators (2023-present).
- Red Laúd OPO Network (Eastern Pacific Leatherback Conservation Network) (2021-present).
- Báez, J. C., S. Déniz, M. L. Ramos, M. Grande, J. Ruiz, H. Murua, J. Santiago, A. Justel-Rubio, M. Herrera, I. Moniz, J. Lopez, P. J. Pascual-Alayón, A. Muniategi, N. Alzorriz, M. González-Carballo, V. Rojo and F. Abascal 2022. Data Provision for Science-Based FAD Fishery Management: Spanish FAD Management Plan as a Case Study. Sustainaility
- Druon, J.-N., S. Campana, F. Vandeperre, F. Hazin, H. Bowlby, R. Coelho, N. Queiroz, F. Serena, F. Abascal, D. Damalas, M. Musyl, J. Lopez, B. Block, P. Afonso, H. Dewar, P. S. Sabarros, B. Finucci, A. Zanzi, P. Bach, I. Senina, F. Garibaldi, D. Sims, J. Navarro, P. Cermeño, A. Leone, G. Diez, & all 2022. Global-scale environmental niche and habitat of blue shark (Prionace glauca) by size and sex: a pivotal step to improving stock management. Frontiers in Marine Science
- Pons, M., Watson, J.T., Ovando, D., Andraka, S., Brodie, S., Domingo, A., Fitchett, M., Forselledo, R., Hall, M., Hazen, E.L., Jannot, J.E., Herrera, M., Jiménez, S., Kaplan, D.M., Kerwath, S., Lopez, J., McVeigh, J., Pacheco, L., Rendon, L., Richerson, K., Sant’Ana, R., Sharma, R., Smith, J.A., Som 2022. Trade-offs between bycatch and target catches in static versus dynamic fishery closures. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science
- Cronin, M. R., D. A. Croll, M. A. Hall, N. Lezama-Ochoa, J. Lopez, H. Murua, J. Murua, V. Restrepo, S. Rojas-Perea, J. D. Stewart, J. L. Waldo and G. Moreno 2022. Harnessing stakeholder knowledge for the collaborative development of Mobulid bycatch mitigation strategies in tuna fisheries.. ICES Journal of Marine Science
- Brodie, S., C. I. Addey, C. Cvitanovic, B. S. Dias, A. Frainer, S. García-Morales, S. Jiang, L. Kaikkonen, J. Lopez, S. Mathesius, K. Ortega-Cisneros, M. G. Pennino, C. A. Peters, S. A. Selim, R. Shellock and N. Vaidianu 2022. Editorial: Solving Complex Ocean Challenges Through Interdisciplinary Research: Advances from Early Career Marine Scientists. Frontiers in Marine Science
- Basurko, O. C., G. Gabiña, J. Lopez, I. Granado, H. Murua, J. A. Fernandes, I. Krug, J. Ruiz and Z. Uriondo 2022. Fuel consumption of free-swimming school versus FAD strategies in tropical tuna purse seine fishing. Fisheries Research
- Nataniel, A., P. F. M. Lopes, J. Lopez and M. Soto 2021. Socio-ecological and economic aspects of tropical tuna fisheries in the Mozambique Channel. Fisheries Management & Ecology
- Nataniel, A., J. Lopez and M. Soto 2021. Modelling seasonal environmental preferences of tropical tuna purse seine fisheries in the Mozambique Channel. Fisheries Research
- Brodie, S., A. Frainer, M. G. Pennino, S. Jiang, L. Kaikkonen, J. Lopez, K. Ortega-Cisneros, C. A. Peters, S. A. Selim and N. Văidianu 2021. Equity in science: advocating for a triple-blind review system. Trends in Ecology & Evolution
- Oihane C.Basurko, Gorka Gabiña, Jon Lopez, Igor Granado, Hilario Murua, Jose A.Fernandes,Iñigo Krug, Jon Ruiz, Zigor Uriondo 2021. Fuel consumption of free-swimming school versus FAD strategies in tropical tuna purse seine fishing. Fisheries Research