Nuria Estrada Saldivar
Project technician
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I participate as laboratory technician in different projects. 1) Evaluating the ecological and physical effects of the Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease in the Mexican Caribbean. 2) Identifying which of the major risks affecting reefs´ health cause more damage to reefs and how such risks and damages vary geographically. 3) Evaluating the effects of hurricane Delta and Zeta on the northern reefs in the Mexican Caribbean. As technician, I coordinate the coral reef monitoring, data compilation, results analysis, and the writing of final reports or scientific papers.


During my master’s degree I made a comparison between 1985 and 2016 of the coral communities of the northern reefs in the Mexican Caribbean, evaluating their physical function and community composition.



Reef monitoring, MPA, coral reef ecology, Caribbean reefs, SCTLD, long-term data



BSc Biology, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatan, México.

MSc Marine Sciences, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.



  1. Contreras-Silva, A.I., Tilstra, A., Migani, V. Thiel, A., Pérez-Cervantes, E., Estrada-Saldívar, N., Elias-Ilosvay, X., Mott, C., Alvarez-Filip, L. wild, C. (2020).  A meta-analysis to assess long-term spatiotemporal changes of benthic coral and macroalgae cover in the Mexican Caribbean. Sci Rep 10, 8897

  2. Rivera-Garibay O.O., Álvarez-Filip L., Rivas M., Garelli-Ríos O., Pérez-Cervantes E.y (2020). Impacto de la contaminación por plástico en áreas naturales protegidas mexicanas. Greenpeace México.

  3. Estrada-Saldívar, N., Molina-Hernández, A., Pérez-Cervantes, E. et al. (2020). Reef-scale impacts of the stony coral tissue loss disease outbreak. Coral Reefs

  4. Estrada-Saldívar, N., Jordan-Dahlgren, E., Rodriguez-Martinez, R., Perry, C. T., & Alvarez-Filip, L. (2019). Functional consequences of the long-term decline of reef-building corals in the Caribbean: evidence of across-reef functional convergence. Royal Society Open Science 6:190298.

  5. Alvarez-Filip L, Estrada-Saldívar N, Pérez-Cervantes E, Molina-Hernández A, González-Barrios FJ. 2019. A rapid spread of the stony coral tissue loss disease outbreak in the Mexican Caribbean. PeerJ 7:e8069

  6. Perry CT, Alvarez-Filip L, Graham NAJ, Mumby PJ, Wilson SK, Kench PS, Manzello DP, Morgan KM, Slangen ABA, Thomson DP, Januchowski-Hartley F, Smithers SG, Steneck RS, Carlton R, Edinger EN, Enochs IC, Estrada-Saldívar N, Haywood MDE, Kolodziej G, Murphy GN, Pérez-Cervantes E, Suchley A, Valentino L, Boenish R, Wilson M, MacDonald C. 2018b. Loss of coral reef growth capacity to track future increases in sea level. Nature 558:396–400. DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0194-z

  7. Pérez-Cervantes, E., E. Navarro Espinoza, , N. Espinosa-Andrade, S.M. Melo Merino y M. Rivas-Soto. (2017). Estado de conservación de los arrecifes de coral de la Península de Yucatán. Greenpeace. 24 pp.