Octavio Aburto-Oropeza

"I’m a Marine Ecologist and Underwater Photographer."

Octavio is an Assistant Professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), and a professional photographer associated with the International League of Conservation Photographers. Dr. Aburto obtained his PhD at the Center of Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at SIO and was awarded the Jean Fort Award by the University of California, San Diego, for his significant contribution to an issue of public concern through his doctoral research. As a Kathryn Fuller Postdoctoral and Young Faculty Hellman Fellow, his research and photographs have focused on marine reserves and commercially exploited marine species and their fisheries in Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and the United States. His photographs have been part of several conservation projects worldwide and have won international contests.


  • Gulf of California Marine Program
  • dataMares
  • Mares Mexicanos
  • The Natural Numbers