Diego Valderrama

Diego Valderrama, Assistant Professor (Term)
Ph.D. University of Rhode Island, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
M.Sc. University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Aquaculture and Fisheries
B.S. Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano (Colombia), Marine Biology

Research Focus: Marine Resource Economics; Marine Conservation; Aquaculture; Fisheries.

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Office: DK 3033

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The major goal of Dr. Valderrama’s research program is to improve the environmental and economic management of living marine resources through the application of methods derived from economic and social science.  His work is largely interdisciplinary and draws from disciplines as varied as marine biology, fish ecology, and natural resource economics.  Dr. Valderrama has examined the environmental and economic performance of a number of fisheries in the U.S and Latin America (Atlantic sea scallops, salmon, shrimp). In addition, he has investigated the production and environmental economics of a broad range of aquaculture species (shrimp, tilapia, catfish, hybrid striped bass, scallops, seaweed) and culture systems around the world.  His research has also attempted to measure the potential of aquaculture to improve the socio-economic conditions of coastal communities affected by declining fisheries in developing countries.  The accomplishment of marine conservation objectives through the development of sustainable aquaculture industries is another long-standing research interest.

More recently, Dr. Valderrama’s research has addressed the ecological management of invasive species in marine ecosystems, with a specific focus on invasive lionfish stocks in Florida, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.  Research efforts are also being focused on the sustainable management of living marine resources in the Seaflower Biosphere Reserve, which encompasses the largest marine protected area in the Caribbean region.

Dr. Valderrama has implemented his research program through academic institutions in the U.S. and Colombia, and also as an Aquaculture Officer for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).