Congratulations, Mar Mancha!

Mar Mancha and Leah Gerber stand next to each other with graduation attire On December 11, 2017, Maria del Mar Mancha Cisneros graduated from the ASU School of Life Science’s Environmental Life Sciences PhD program.

Her doctoral research focuses in the use of fisheries management tools such as marine reserves (including their design and management) while incorporating institutional and governance considerations. She has done extensive research work using the Gulf of California (GOC), Mexico, as a study area. She is interested in the use of both quantitative and qualitative methods to unpack the social, economic, institutional, and ecological factors that are relevant for understanding the particular biophysical and socioeconomic contexts under which marine reserves are likely to be accepted by the community and thus effective at achieving their objectives.

Her research aims to contributing to the improvement of marine reserve establishment and effectiveness by considering institutional and socio-economic-political settings and governance structures. She has been collaborating with Mexican organization Comunidad y Biodiversidad A.C. (COBI) since 2013 in projects related to marine reserves in the GOC as well as the Midriff Islands Region in the GOC. She is also an affiliated graduate student with the Center for Behavior, Institutions, and the Environment (CBIE) at ASU collaborating on working groups focused on developing tools to improve the understanding social-ecological-systems, institutions, and management of common-pool-resources. She has also worked as a Coupled-Infrastructure-Systems Analyst looking at case studies of social dilemmas within social-ecological systems. She is currently a consultant with The Nature Conservancy-Mexico looking at guiding principles to incorporate socioeconomic and governance considerations into the planning, establishment, and management of marine reserves in the Gulf of California, Mexico.