URRIAGO SUAREZ, Juan Diego

PhD. Candidate at Hong Kong Baptist University
The Swire Institute of Marine Science,
The University of Hong Kong,
Cape d’Aguilar Road, Shek O.
Mobile: (852) 9429 2199
urriago@gmail.com
10467041@hkbu.edu.hk
Supervisors: Dr. QIU, Jianwen (HKBU)
Co-supervisors: Dr. Clément Dumont (HKU), Prof. NG, Michael KP (HKBU)
Curriculum Vitae
EDUCATION
2011 – 2014 PhD. Candidate in Marine Biology and Ecology I am a full time student at Hong Kong Baptist University and I am also enrolled at The Swire Institute of Marine Science of The University of Hong Kong. The aim of my research is to better understand the biology (e.g. reproductive patterns, recruitment, mortality and growth) of the commercially exploited sea urchin Anthocidaris crassispina. Base on this empirical study, I will generate a demographic model comparing the population growth rates of two in no-take areas and two in areas open to fishing. I will provide essential information for the development of a management plan for this urchin for the first time. Anthocidaris crassispina
2008 – 2010 Master in Marine Biology and Ecology I made my Masters at Laval University in Quebec City, Canada. I conducted field experiments to examine responses of the sea urchin Tetrapygus niger to sea star predators Heliaster helianthus and Meyenaster gelatinosus, which involved organizing two summer field seasons in Chile.
1999 – 2006 Bachelor in Marine Biology I made my bachelor at the University Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogotá, Colombia. My thesis was performed at Institute of Marine and Coastal Research (INVEMAR) in Santa Marta, Colombia. I evaluated whether the deep-sea coral communities fulfill the criteria for a Marine Protected Areas in Colombia. Moreover, I generated a spatial prediction of six habitat-forming species of deep-sea corals which create particular conditions favoring increased faunal diversity in the marine reserve.
RESEARCH INTERESTS

Understand the mechanisms and processes that determine the structure and organization of marine communities (specifically, the factors that permit coexistence of species in different types of communities), and the identification and application of scientific criteria for the conservation of marine ecosystems and the establishment of marine protected areas. I am particularly interested in studying the interactions between the environment and marine life and what effect natural and anthropogenic impacts have at population and community levels.

PUBLICATIONS
  1. Urriago JD, Himmelman JH and Gaymer CF. 2012. The distribution of the sea urchin Tetrapygus niger on elevated surfaces represents a strategy for avoiding predatory sea stars. Marine Ecology Progress Series 444, 85-95. (Impact factor: 2.483, ranking: 13 of 93 in Marine & Freshwater Biology)
  2. Urriago JD, Himmelman JH and Gaymer CF. 2011. Responses of the black sea urchin Tetrapygus niger to its sea-star predators, Heliaster helianthus and Meyenaster gelatinosus under field conditions. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 399, 17-24. (Impact factor: 1.910, ranking: 29 of 93 in Marine & Freshwater Biology)
  3. Urriago JD, Santodomingo N and Reyes J. 2011. Deep-sea corals formations: biologic criteria for the establishment of marine protected areas on a continental margin (100-300 m) in the Colombian Caribbean. Bulletin of Marine and Costal Research 40:1, 89-113.
  4. Dumont CP, Urriago JD, Abarca A, Gaymer CF and Thiel M. 2009. The native rock shrimp Rhynchocinetes typus as a biological control of fouling in suspended scallop cultures. Aquaculture 292, 74–79. (Impact factor: 2.044, ranking: 8 of 46 in Fisheries).
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Research Assistant (2008 – 2009) Maintenance and feeding of trout in a study of the impact of diet on the structural and functional properties of mitochondria in the red muscles of the rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Quebec City, Canada.

Investigator Assistant (2007) Center for Advanced Studies in Arid Zones and Marine Biology Department at the Universidad Católica del Norte. Coquimbo, Chile (www.ceaza.cl; www.ucn.cl).

  • Diagnosis and implementation of the Choros Island Marine Reserve.
  • Base line survey at marine reserves Chañaral, Choros and Damas Islands.
  • Biodiversity conservation in the Multiple Purpose Marine Protected Area (MP-MPA) “Isla Grande de Atacama”.
  • Ecological resistance of native benthic communities to invasion by marine exotic species: a conservation issue.
  • Identifying the effect of thermal anomalies on different life cycle phases of major species structuring shallow benthic marine communities.
  • More than 450 scientific dives (350 h), involving studies in cold waters in Chile, Atlantic Canada and in tropical waters in the Colombian Caribbean.
  • More than 450 scientific dives (350 h), involving studies in cold waters in Chile, Atlantic Canada and in tropical waters in the Colombian Caribbean.
  • Nautical and logistical skills with motor boats.

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