Laura F. Rodriguez

Deputy Director, Mexico Oceans Program

Areas of expertise: Oceans Programs, Latin America & the Caribbean, Restoring Mexico's Gulf of California, catch shares


Laura Rodriguez, Ph.D., leads the design process for catch shares programs in the Gulf of California, providing strategic support for implementing catch shares. Laura works closely with the national fisheries agencies (CONAPESCA and INAPESCA), local nongovernmental organizations and fishermen.

She also develops educational resources and outreach materials for designing catch shares and directs workshops and classes, including capacity-building courses, for fishermen, local partners and government officials.


Laura is a marine ecologist interested in marine sustainable development and conservation in Latin America. Born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, she has studied and worked in the United States, where her research focused on marine invasive species.

Laura received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. She also studied at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, focusing on adaptive management and conservation program leadership. She joined EDF’s Gulf of California project in early 2008 and splits her time among fishing communities, the La Paz office, and her home base of Guadalajara.


  • Rodriguez L.F. "Can invasive species facilitate native species? Evidence of how, when, and why these impacts occur." Biological Invasions 8: 927-939 (2006).

  • Harley C.D.G, Hughes A.R., Hultgren K., Miner B.G., Sorte C.J.B., Thornber C., Williams S.L., Rodriguez L.F. and Tomanek L. "The impacts of climate change in coastal marine systems." Ecology Letters 9: 228-241 (2006).
  • Laura F. Rodriguez

    Laura F. Rodriguez


La Paz, Mexico office

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