Dr. Mariana Fuentes is a marine and conservation biologist, whose main research interests focus on conservation planning, natural resource management, and on climate change impacts on marine mega-fauna, especially marine turtles. She is currently undertaking a postdoctoral fellowship at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies to develop tools to systematically prioritize the management of marine mega-fauna under multiple threats, with the aim of enhancing allocation of limited resources.

Through her research, she aims to : (1) conduct innovative science that is applied to conservation and management issues, (2) build the knowledge and capacity of Indigenous communities to manage their own resources, (3) use research as tool for teaching and engaging students, and (4) bring awareness to issues related to marine mega-fauna conservation and highlight ways that the broad community can help.

Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2012 - Outstanding Early Career Alumni, James Cook University Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • 2011 - Queensland Young Tall Poppy Science Award
  • 2008 - Young Explorer Award – National Geographic Society

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 41+ research outputs authored by Dr Mariana Fuentes from 2006 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Status, trends and habitat use of sea turtles in NSW. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Movement and Habitat Assessment of Natator Depressus and Lepidochelys Olivacea in the Gulf of Carpentaria. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Investigating the Impacts of Industrial and Artisanal Fisheries on Marine Turtle Populations in the Indian Ocean. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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