Joanna Alfaro Shigueto


Twitter: @ProDelphinus



I learn about the program and EJ work in bycatch in relation with incentives. Coincidentally when we saw a call for ICCS, we met one of her PhD students at a meeting and got to learn even more about her work, which seemed very timely given our current work in Peru regarding marine conservation.


Research interests

I am interested to learn more on the methods used by Ej and her team to assess effectiveness of incentive programs, and other social and economic aspects we could use to improve our work down in South America.   


Current research

Currently looking at different approaches to reduce incidental fisheries of marine vertebrates (turtles, seabirds, marine mammals).


What made you want to join ICCS as a Biodiversity fellow?

I am interested in the work this group does, and if there is ways we can apply some of their methods to our work in South America. I feel that for so long I have been looking mostly at the biodiversity alone, but not including so much the human aspect or side that is part of it.


Is there a specific project you will be working on while you are with ICCS? Can you tell us a little about it?

I have a work in progress of one paper on rays landings in Peru, and completing two other papers, one of which is part from my PhD. Also would like to network with other researchers working in the social side of bycatch and the use of incentives or other approaches to assess, prevent and reduce the impact of fisheries.



(2015-2016) Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Conservation of River Dolphins in the Ucayali River, Peruvian Amazon Region

(12/2014-12/2016) FINCYT/ INNOVA Peru

Estado trófico de las principales especies de elasmobranquios en el norte del Peru

(01/2015-10/2016) GEF/UNEP Humboldt Large Ecosystem Project

Preparación de Gestores Marinos en cuatro sitios piloto

(09/2013 – 08/2016) National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Reduction of leatherback turtle mortality in the SE Pacific

(03/2014-03/2017) Darwin Initiative

Project on SSF ‘Linking marine biodiversity conservation and fisher prosperity through marketplace innovation’, through University of Exeter, UK



ICCS Biodiversity Fellowship, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford 2016-2017

Marsh Award for Marine Conservation Leadership, June 2015.

Archie Carr Award, Conservation Award Runner-up. Sea Turtle Symposium, Goa, India, 2009.

Research Scholarship from University of Exeter, UK. Post Graduate Programme, 2008-2012.

Whitley Fund for Nature Award, Small-scale fisheries for marine conservation, London, May 2012.

Global Fellow. Conservation Biology Course, Duke University, 2001.



·       International Sea Turtle Society – Past President

  • Experto Nacional CITES, Ministerio de Ambiente, Noviembre 2014
  • Member of the Seabird Bycatch Working Group of the Agreement for Albatrosses and Petrels, 2014
  • Member of the Consultative Committee, NGO sector, Inter-American Sea Turtle Convention, 2013.
  • Member of the Marine Turtle Specialist Group MTSG of the IUCN, since April 2002. 



Supervised MSc/PhD projects


Astrid Jimenez, Universidad de Piura

Sergio Pingo, Universidad de Piura

Elizabeth Campbell, University of Exeter, UK



Andrea Pasara, Universidad Cientifica del Sur

Nicolas Acuna, Universidad Ricardo Palma

Astrid Jimenez, Universidad de Piura

Sergio Pingo, Universidad de Piura