Eréndira Aceves Bueno

PhD Candidate, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management

Eréndira is interested on developing management tools that can help solve and prevent over-exploitation problems in marine ecosystems. Focusing primarily on artisanal fisheries, her research seeks to understand the social and ecological consequences of different spatial management tools to inform policy-making. Under the mentorship of Dr. Steve D. Gaines (chair), Dr. Christopher Costello and Dr. Benjamin Halpern, Eréndira is developing spatial bio-economic models to analyze the role of fish spillover and fishermen cooperation in the design of Territorial Use Rights in Fisheries (TURF’s). Before joining the Gaines lab, she worked for two years at the “Natural History Society Niparajá”, where she collaborated with members of the local community, scientists and local authorities to develop the public use program of Cabo Pulmo National Park and participated in numerous marine conservation efforts within the Baja California peninsula. She obtained a masters’ degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and a bachelors’ degree in Marine Biology from the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, México. 

  • Fellowship awards:
  1. UCMexus Fellowship 2011-Present
  2. Latin American Fisheries Fellowship.2014-present
  3. Mellon Sawyer research grant. 2014
  4. MSI Dean’s Fellowship award. 2011- 2014
  5. Dr. Daniel Vapnek Scholarship for Sustainable Fisheries Research. 2011






  • Aceves-Bueno, E., Jorge Cornejo-Donoso, Steve J. Miller, Steven D. Gaines. 2017. Are Territorial Use Rights in Fisheries (TURFs) sufficiently large? . Marine Policy, Volume 78, Pages 189-195, ISSN 0308-597X, 
  • Aceves-Bueno, E. and B. S. Halpern (In review). Informing the design of Territorial Use Rights in Fisheries (TURFs) from Marine Protected Area theory.
  • Martin, J., E. Aceves-Bueno, P. Alagona, S. Cordoba, C. Elfes, T. L. Elwell, A. Garcia, S. Gray, Z. Horton, D. López-Carr, J. Marter-Kenyon, K. M. Miller, C. N. Severen, T. Sherry, B. Twohey (In review)What is Marine Environmental Justice?
  • Aceves-Bueno, E., A. S. Adeleye, M. Feraud, Y. Huang, M. Tao, Y. Yang, S. E. Anderson (In review). The accuracy of Citizen Science Data: A Quantitative Review.


  • Aceves-Bueno, E, A. S. Adeleye, D. Bradley, W. Brandt, P. Callery, M. Feraud, K. Garner, R. Gentry, Y. Huang, I. McCullough, I. Pearlman, S. Sutherland, W. Wilkinson, Y. Yang, T. Zink, S. Anderson, N. Tague. 2015. Citizen Science as a Tool for Overcoming Insufficient Monitoring and Inadequate Stakeholder Buy-in in Adaptive Management: Criteria and Evidence.Ecosystems. DOI: 10.1007/s10021-015-9842-4