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Manuel Olan
PhD Student
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Research overview

I am currently a PhD student at the Institute of Marine Sciences and Limnology at UNAM and I have a special interest in the reef fish functional ecology on coral and rocky reef ecosystems. My research is mainly focused on analyzing the functional response of reef fish communities due to multiple natural and anthropogenic drivers at spatial and temporal scales that have caused a loss of the physical structure of the reef to maintain key ecological functions.

During my master's degree I was in the reef systems laboratory in La Paz, BCS, where I made a comparison of the fish communities in different locations of the Western Tropical Atlantic and the Eastern Tropical Pacific, evaluating the relationship between their taxonomic and functional diversity and the characteristics of the habitat where they are found.

Thesis title

Consequences of the loss of functioning in the physical structure of the reef on the functional diversity of fish in the Mexican Caribbean


Coral reefs, Fish ecology, Biological trait analysis, Functional structure, Structural complexity


Master’s degree in marine and Coastal Sciences at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur

Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology at the Autonomous University of Yucatan

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