Postdoctoral Research Fellow – NERP Northern Australia, ARC CoE Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University (2012 to date)
Casual research and GIS support, Marine Monitoring Program,TropWater, James Cook University (2011-2012)
Mexico’s CITES Scientific Authority Coordinator, CONABIO (2003-2008)
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Jorge’s broad interests regard planning for the sustainable use of natural resources to achieve biodiversity conservation and development objectives. He is interested in contributing to further develop systematic conservation planning theory and practice through the integration of terrestrial and marine conservation planning initiatives.
Jorge’s research explores theoretical and methodological aspects of key decision-making problems associated with a land-sea approach, such as integrating cross-system threats (e.g. how land-based threats affect marine and coastal spatial prioritization), identifying co-benefits and trade-offs associated with management decisions (e.g. spatial congruence between local and downstream land values), and improving collaboration among diverse stakeholders. His work on marine planning includes developing practical approaches to design marine reserve networks considering ecological connectivity and the effects of climate change. Jorge is working at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies as part of the Conservation Planning Research Group.
- Álvarez-Romero, J.G., R.L. Pressey, N.C. Ban, J. Brodie. 2015. Advancing land-sea conservation planning: integrating modelling of catchments, land-use change, and river plumes to prioritise catchment management and protection. PLoS ONE 10(12): e0145574
- Álvarez-Romero, J.G., Adams, V.M., Pressey, R.L., Douglas, M., Dale, A., Auge, A., Ball, D., Childs, J., Digby, M., Dobbs, R., Gobius, N., Hinchley, D., Lancaster, I., Maughan, M., Perdrisat, I., 2015. Integrated cross-realm planning: a decision-makers’ perspective. Biological Conservation 191: 799-808
- Gurney, G., R.L. Pressey, N.C. Ban, J.G. Álvarez-Romero, S. Jupiter, V. Adams. 2015. Integrating socioeconomic considerations into conservation planning: stakeholders-specific objectives produced more efficient and equitable designs in a marine protected area case study from Fiji. Conservation Biology 29: 1378-1389
- Stoeckl, N., T. Chaiechi, M. Farr, D. Jarvis, J.G. Álvarez-Romero, M.J. Kennard, V. Hermoso, R.L. Pressey. 2015. Co-benefits and trade-offs between agriculture and conservation: a case study in Northern Australia. Biological Conservation 191: 478-494
- Álvarez-Romero, J.G., S.N. Wilkinson, R.L. Pressey, N.C. Ban, J. Kool, J. Brodie. 2014. Modeling catchment nutrients and sediment loads to inform regional management of water quality in coastal-marine ecosystems: a comparison of two approaches. Journal of Environmental Management 146: 164-178
- Arias, A., R.L. Pressey, R. Jones, J.G. Álvarez-Romero, J.E. Cinner. 2014. Optimizing enforcement and compliance in offshore marine protected areas: a case study from Coco’s Island, Costa Rica. Oryx 50: 18-26
- Adams, V. M., J. G. Álvarez-Romero, J. Carwardine, L. Cattarino, V. Hermoso, M. J. Kennard, S. Linke, R. L. Pressey, and N. Stoeckl. 2014. Planning across freshwater and terrestrial realms: co-benefits and tradeoffs between conservation actions. Conservation Letters 7: 425-440
- Petus, C., E. Da Silva, M. Devlin, A. Wenger, J. G. Álvarez-Romero. 2014. Using MODIS data for mapping of water types within river plumes in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia: towards the production of river plume risk maps for reef and seagrass ecosystems. Journal of Environmental Management 137: 163-177
- Dale, A., R.L. Pressey, V. Adams, J.G. Álvarez-Romero, M. Digby, R. Dobbs, M. Douglas, A. Auge, M. Maughan, J. Childs, D. Hinchley, I. Lancaster, I. Perdrisat. 2014. Catchment-scale governance in northern Australia: a preliminary evaluation. Journal of Economic and Social Policy 16 (1): Article 2
- Mills, M., J. G. Álvarez-Romero, K. Vance-Borland, H. Ernstson, P. Cohen, A. Guerrero, R. L. Pressey. 2014. Linking regional planning and local action: towards using social network analysis in systematic conservation planning. Biological Conservation 169: 6-13
- Devlin, M., E. Da Silva, C. Petus, A. Wenger, D. Zeh, D. Tracey, J. G. Álvarez-Romero, J. Brodie. 2013. Combining in-situ water quality and remotely sensed data across spatial and temporal scales to measure wet season chlorophyll-a variability: Great Barrier Reef lagoon (Queensland, Australia). Ecological Processes 2: 31
- Visconti, P., M. Di Marco, J.G. Álvarez-Romero, S.R. Januchowski-Hartley, R..L. Pressey, R. Weeks, C. Rondinini. 2013. Effects of errors and gaps in spatial data sets on assessment of conservation progress.Conservation Biology 27: 1000-1010
- Álvarez-Romero, J.G., M. Devlin, E. Teixeira da Silva, C. Petus, N.C. Ban, R..L. Pressey, J. Kool, J.J. Roberts, S. Cerdeira-Estrada, A.S. Wenger, J. Brodie. 2013. A novel approach to model exposure of coastal-marine ecosystems to riverine flood plumes based on remote sensing techniques. Journal of Environmental Management 119: 194-207
- Ban, N.C., S. Januchowski-Hartley, J.G. Álvarez-Romero, M. Mills, R. L. Pressey, S. Linke, D. de Freitas. 2013. Marine and freshwater conservation planning: from representation to persistence. In: Conservation Planning: Shaping the Future. L. Craighead and C. Convis (editors). ESRI Press, Redlands, CA
- Bainbridge, Z., E. Wolanski, J.G. Álvarez-Romero, S. Lewis, J. Brodie. 2012. Fine sediment and nutrient dynamics related to particle size and floc formation in a Burdekin River flood plume, Australia. Marine Pollution Bulletin 65: 236-248
- Devlin, M.J., L.W. McKinna, J.G. Álvarez-Romero, C. Petus, B. Abbot, P. Harkness, J. Brodie. 2012. Mapping the pollutants in surface riverine flood plume waters in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Marine Pollution Bulletin 65: 224-235
- Álvarez-Romero, J.G., R.A. Medellin, A. Oliveras de Ita, H. Gomez de Silva, O. Sanchez. 2008. Animales exóticos en México: Una amenaza para la biodiversidad. Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad, Instituto de Ecología, UNAM, Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, México, DF
Catchment-to-coast planning: This project aims to develop a decision framework to guide catchment managers in making decisions about natural resource investments to achieve multiple objectives. This framework will allow land managers to draw together available environmental, social and economic information and to compare investment strategies to explicitly assess trade-offs between objectives. It will also consider development trajectories, cost, feasibility and effectiveness of alternative policy tools. This project is part of the research on integrated planning undertaken by our research group. Read more: http://www.nespnorthern.edu.au/projects/nerp/catchment-to-coast-planning/
Networks, collaboration and natural resource management: Collaborative networks are widely suggested as a key factor affecting the success of natural resource management (NRM) and conservation projects. Social network analysis (SNA) can be useful to study social relationships and interpreting their implications for NRM. Through the integration of SNA and other analytical methods, we are improving our understanding of collaboration networks in northern Australia. Our results can be useful to planners to identify key actors to facilitate engagement with stakeholder groups, identify missing stakeholders, and find ways to enable collaboration.
Marine reserves network in the Midriff Islands, Gulf of California: Overfishing and climate change threaten marine biodiversity and fisheries. Addressing these problems is critical in areas of high species richness and endemicity, such as the Midriff Islands, Gulf of California (Mexico), where livelihoods of coastal communities are threatened by depletion of fish stocks and potential loss of species associated with climate change. In collaboration with researchers, agencies and NGOs, we aim to design a network of marine reserves for this priority conservation area. The project aims to develop a practical approach to design networks of marine reserves that consider ecological connectivity and the effects of climate change (see video).