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.
- 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
These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.
- Journal Articles
- Cinner J, Pratchett M, Graham N, Messmer V, Fuentes M, Ainsworth T, Ban N, Bay L, Blythe J, Dissard D, Dunn S, Evans L, Fabinyi M, Fidelman P, Figueiredo J, Frisch A, Fulton C, Hicks C, Lukoschek V, Mallela J, Moya A, Penin L, Rummer J, Walker S and Williamson D (2016) A framework for understanding climate change impacts on coral reef social–ecological systems. Regional Environmental Change, 16 (4). pp. 1133-1146
- Fuentes M, Chambers L, Chin A, Dann P, Dobbs K, Marsh H, Poloczanska E, Maison K, Turner M and Pressey R (2016) Adaptive management of marine mega-fauna in a changing climate. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 21 (2). pp. 209-224
- Riskas K, Fuentes M and Hamann M (2016) Justifying the need for collaborative management of fisheries bycatch: a lesson from marine turtles in Australia. Biological Conservation, 196. pp. 40-47
- Fuentes M, Bell I, Hagihara R, Hamann M, Hazel J, Huth A, Seminoff J, Sobtzick S and Marsh H (2015) Improving in-water estimates of marine turtle abundance by adjusting aerial survey counts for perception and availability biases. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 471. pp. 77-83
- Fuentes M, Blackwood J, Jones B, Kim M, Leis B, Limpus C, Marsh H, Mitchell J, Pouzols F, Pressey R and Visconti P (2015) A decision framework for prioritizing multiple management actions for threatened marine megafauna. Ecological Applications, 25 (1). pp. 200-214
- Jourdan J and Fuentes M (2015) Effectiveness of strategies at reducing sand temperature to mitigate potential impacts from changes in environmental temperature on sea turtle reproductive output. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 20 (1). pp. 121-133
- Williams J, Pierce S, Fuentes M and Hamann M (2015) Effectiveness of recreational divers for monitoring sea turtle populations. Endangered Species Research, 26 (3). pp. 209-219
- Zeh D, Heupel M, Limpus C, Hamann M, Fuentes M, Babcock R, Pillans R, Townsend K and Marsh H (2015) Is acoustic tracking appropriate for air-breathing marine animals? Dugongs as a case study. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 464. pp. 1-10
- dei Marcovaldi M, Santos A, Santos A, Soares L, Lopez G, Godfrey M, López-Mendilaharsu M and Fuentes M (2014) Spatio-temporal variation in the incubation duration and sex ratio of hawksbill hatchlings: implication for future management. Journal of Thermal Biology, 44. pp. 70-77
- Gredzens C, Marsh H, Fuentes M, Limpus C, Shimada T and Hamann M (2014) Satellite tracking of sympatric marine megafauna can inform the biological basis for species co-management. PLoS ONE, 9 (6). pp. 1-12
- Fuentes M and Porter W (2013) Using a microclimate model to evaluate impacts of climate change on sea turtles. Ecological Modelling, 251. pp. 150-157
- Fuentes M, Pike D, Dimatteo A and Wallace B (2013) Resilience of marine turtle regional management units to climate change. Global Change Biology, 19 (5). pp. 1399-1406
ResearchOnline@JCU stores 38+ 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.
- Investigating the Impacts of Industrial and Artisanal Fisheries on Marine Turtle Populations in the Indian Ocean. (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Flatbacks at Sea: Understanding Ecology in Foraging Populations. (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Movement and Habitat Assessment of Natator Depressus and Lepidochelys Olivacea in the Gulf of Carpentaria. (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Status, trends and habitat use of sea turtles in NSW. (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Multidisciplinary Insights into the Conservation and Biology of Sea Turtles in Mozambique. (PhD, Secondary Advisor)
- Informing Dugong Conservation Across a Multiple Spatial-Temporal Scales in a Tropical Reef Ecosystem: New Caledonia as a Case Study. (2015, PhD, Secondary Advisor)
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