I worked on diverse projects related to studying cetacean population structure and behavior using acoustics as a tool. This happened when I was a field technician (2006-2008) at Dr. John Hildebrand’s laboratory at the Marine Physical Laboratory (MPL) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. My activities involved:
- Laboratory work: analysis of data sets, development of automatic whale call detectors in minke whales, blue whales, fin whales, and sperm whales.
- Field work: research vessel investigations off the coast of California, the Gulf of California and Palmyra Atoll.
- Outreach activities: I participated in spreading the language and content of scientific research to the general public, particularly to Latinos in southern California, whose cultural background was similar to mine. I collaborated with: Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Aquarium of the Pacific, Ocean Institute
I enjoyed this time of my career a lot since it allowed me to spend a considerable amount of hours at sea in unique and diverse research vessels such as FLIPP . Throughout this time I expanded my field skills and my understanding of different ecological and biological environments off the coast of California, the Central Pacific, and the Gulf of California.