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As a research scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), and a professional photographer associated with the International League of Conservation Photographers, Octavio has been photographing marine ecosystems off the coastal waters of Mexico since 1994. His photographs have been used to illustrate outreach publications about the conservation of marine habitats, Marine Protected Areas, and commercially important species and their fisheries. As a scientist Octavio's research has focused on mangrove ecosystem services, marine reserves, and commercially exploited marine species and their fisheries off the shores of Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica and the U.S. Octavio obtained his PhD at the Center of Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at SIO, and was awarded the Jean Fort Award by the University of California, San Diego, for his significant contribution on an issue of public concern through his doctoral research.

The Secret World of the Old Water

Follow Octavio Aburto and Jaime Rojo in their journey through the San Pedro Mezquital River, the last untamed river in Mexico.

The Natural Numbers Behind the Sardine Fishery in the Gulf of California

How many fish are in the ocean? How much water does a wild river carry? How much oxygen does a forest produce? These are the kinds of questions posed by “Natural Numbers: The Value of the Planet in Minutes.” This new project is producing a series of short – three-minute – documentaries on a range…

The Quiet Birthplace of an Untamed River

Follow Octavio Aburto and Jaime Rojo in their journey through the San Pedro Mezquital River, the last untamed river in Mexico.

Third Day in the Field, First Crash

Third day into the expedition, the team took their quadcopter for an unintentional bumpy ride-and caught it all on tap.

The Last Untamed Mexican River

An incredible journey to preserve the last untamed Mexican River: the San Pedro Mezquital.