About me


I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. When I finished high school I moved to the UK where I pursued a BSc in Biotechnology (Hons) at the University of Nottingham. I quickly realised that, though fun, a laboratory-based career was not my cup of tea. Therefore I read a MSc in Management Science & Operational Research at Warwick University to broaden my prospects. That it did and I ended up working in Reading and London for 3 years.

When I was little, we used to spend every summer in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil. This place was magical: sandy beaches, green-rich waters, dolphins riding the surf, occasional turtles, and a once lost penguin! Working in London, away from such things, I felt somewhat like a fish out of water. Literally.

So I moved to the Philippines to complete my divemater in 2011 and find an NGO where I could apply my skills whilst develop others. I did so when I joined LAMAVE, a small NGO, who was setting up a project with whale sharks.
Since then we've expanded to cover 3 major aggregations (Donsol, Oslob and Southern Leyte) and more recently a 4th one (Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, Palawan). The work extends beyond whale sharks, with one project studying the reproductive biology of mobulids (Mobula spp.), another looking at minimally invasive techniques to monitor sea turtle populations, and another one using Baited Remote Underwater Video (BRUVs) to study shark & ray species in heavily fishes waters. We have now employed acoustic and satellite telemetry to ascertain the effectiveness of marine protected areas for shark species.

The main objective of my work remains focused on the use of such scientific knowledge & techniques to advice management and conservation of the species we study.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about what I do and how you can help, drop me a line on info@gonzaloaraujo.com or twit me @Gonzo_Araujo

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