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James Cook University Townsville
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Jorge G. Álvarez-Romero

Jorge G. Álvarez-Romero


Research Fellow


Research Fellow, ARC CoE Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University (2012 to date)

Casual research and GIS support, TropWater, James Cook University (2011-2012)

Mexico’s CITES Scientific Authority Coordinator, CONABIO (2003-2008)


PhD, James Cook University (2012)


Program 1: People and Ecosystems; The Conservation Planning Group


James Cook University



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Professional experience

Research Fellow, NESP Northern Australia, ARC CoE Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University (2016 to date)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, NERP Northern Australia, ARC CoE Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University (2012-2015)

Casual research and GIS support, Marine Monitoring Program,TropWater, James Cook University (2011-2012)

Mexico’s CITES Scientific Authority Coordinator, CONABIO (2003-2008)

Curriculum vitae

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Short bio

Jorge was born and grew up in Mexico. He completed his BSc in Biology at the National University of Mexico (UNAM) with research on invasive species in Mexico. He then did a Masters in management, conservation and international wildlife trade at the International University of Andalusia (UNIA), Spain. His PhD in Systematic Conservation Planning (James Cook University) focused on marine conservation planning in the Gulf of California, Mexico, and involved a review and further development of planning exercises undertaken in the region with an integrated land-sea planning perspective. Previous work experience includes conservation, management, and sustainable use and trade of wildlife. Jorge is working at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies as part of the Conservation Planning research group.

Research Interests

My broad interests regard planning for the sustainable use of natural resources to achieve biodiversity conservation and development goals. I am interested in contributing to further develop systematic conservation planning theory and practice through the integration of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine conservation planning.

My research explores theoretical and methodological aspects of decision-making problems associated with an integrated land-sea planning 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 conservation values), and improving collaboration among diverse stakeholders. My work on marine planning includes developing novel approaches to design marine reserve networks considering ecological connectivity and the effects of climate change. I am working at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies as part of the Conservation Planning Research Group.

Selected publications 

Current projects

Multi-objective planning in northern Australia: Given proposed expansion of developments in northern Australia and the potential tensions among stakeholders, there is a need to develop and trial spatially explicit tools to guide planning and management that support multiple uses of land and water, while maintaining environmental and cultural values. This project aims to demonstrate how to operationalise multi-objective catchment planning, by which stakeholders can collaboratively construct and assess the outcomes of alternative development and management scenarios (including identifying co-benefits and trade-offs between objectives). We are following a participatory scenario planning approach in close collaboration with stakeholders in the Fitzroy River catchment, Kimberley Region, Western Australia.

Marine reserve networks in the 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 guide the design and implementation of a network of marine reserves for this priority conservation area. The project is developing a novel approach to design networks of marine reserves that consider ecological connectivity and the effects of climate change (see video).

Collaboration networks 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 diverse stakeholder groups, identify missing actors, and find ways to enable collaboration.

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ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University Townsville
Queensland 4811 Australia

Phone: 61 7 4781 4000
Email: info@coralcoe.org.au