About

Jorge completed his BSc in Biology at the National University of Mexico (UNAM) with research on invasive species of mammals in Mexico and did a Masters in management, conservation and international trade of wildlife at the International University of Andalusia (UNIA), Spain. His PhD in Systematic Conservation Planning (James Cook University) focused on the Gulf of California, and involved a review and further development of planning exercises undertaken in the region with an integrated land-sea planning perspective. Previous work experience includes conservation, management, trade and sustainable use of wildlife. Jorge is working at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies as part of the Conservation Planning research group.

Interests
Professional
  • Jorge’s broad interests regard planning for the sustainable use of natural resources to achieve biodiversity conservation and development objectives. He is interested in contributing to further develop systematic conservation planning theory and practice through the integration of terrestrial and marine conservation planning initiatives.
Research
  • Jorge's research explores theoretical and methodological aspects of key decision-making problems associated with a land-sea approach, such as integrating cross-system threats (e.g. how land-based threats affect marine and coastal spatial prioritization), identifying co-benefits and trade-offs associated with management decisions (e.g. spatial congruence between local and downstream land values), and improving collaboration among diverse stakeholders. His work on marine planning includes developing practical approaches to design marine reserve networks considering ecological connectivity and the effects of climate change.
Experience
  • 2016 to present - Research Fellow, ARC CoE Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University
  • 2012 to 2016 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ARC CoE Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University
  • 2011 to 2012 - Casual research & GIS, Marine Monitoring Program, TropWater, James Cook University
  • 2008 to 2012 - PhD Candidate, ARC CoE Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University
  • 2003 to 2008 - CITES Scientific Authority Coordinator, Mexico's National Biodiversity Commission
Research Disciplines
Honours
Awards
  • 2008 to 2012 - PhD scholarship, Mexico’s National Science and Technology Council
  • 2011 - Virginia Chadwick Award, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
  • 2009 to 2011 - PhD scholarship, Mexico’s Ministry of Education
  • 2005 - Masters Scholarship, Fundación Carolina, Spain
Publications

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Department of the Environment and Energy - National Environmental Science Programme (NESP) - Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub

Multi-objective planning in Northern Australia: co-benefits and trade-offs between environmental, economic, and cultural outcomes

Indicative Funding
$488,000 over 3 years (administered by Charles Darwin University)
Summary
This research will create a toolkit to guide planning and management that supports multiple uses of land and water, while maintaining environmental and cultural values. The toolkit will provide a roadmap to assess the potential impacts of current and future development on biodiversity and ecosystems and the influence of different approaches to management. Specifically, the project will examine the links between terrestrial, freshwater, and coastal marine species and communities. In addition, the toolkit will facilitate assessment of the benefits and costs of implementing different management interventions to mitigate threats to biodiversity associated with different land and water uses.
Investigators
Bob Pressey, Mark Kennard, David Pannell, Jorge Alvarez-Romero, Jeremy VanDerWal, Vanessa Adams, Erin Graham, Michael Douglas and Rosemary Hill (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Griffith University, The University of Western Australia, Research Infrastructure, College of Science & Engineering and Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation)
Keywords
Northern Australia; integrated catchment planning; Kimberley region; trade-offs and co-benefits; Fitzroy River, Western Australia; Conservation Planning

Department of the Environment and Energy - National Environmental Science Programme (NESP) - Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub

Review of integrated models, frameworks and decision support tools to guide management and planning in Northern Australia

Indicative Funding
$62,000 over 2 years (administered by Charles Darwin University)
Summary
Different modelling tools have been developed and trialled in Northern Australia to contribute to planning for multiple objectives. The variety of available models, and the complexity of some, makes it difficult for end-users to assess which of the models would be suitable for their needs. Different models inform different types of management decisions, in different contexts, and have very different costs and human capacity requirements. This project will provide a resource that will help ensure that tools which are selected for development/trial suit end-users needs and can be feasibly developed with available resources and with knowledge of their strengths and limitations.
Investigators
Natalie Stoeckl, Michelle Esparon, Silva Larson, Bob Pressey, Jorge Alvarez Romero, Michael Douglas, David Pannel, Vanessa Adams and Mark Kennard in collaboration with Marina Farr (College of Business, Law & Governance and ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Keywords
integrated modelling; multi-objective planning; modelling frameworks; Northern Australia; decision support tools; catchment modelling
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