• M.A., Ph.D., University of Arizona


Marcia Moreno-Baez has diverse professional experience in the government and private sectors, NGOs, and academia. Her work has centered on the nexus of biophysical science, social science and translational science that facilitate moving basic research findings to end-users (society) and user needs and knowledge (stakeholders) back to the research community.

While working with the World Wildlife Fund, Marcia used geospatial technology as a tool for research and decision-making processes on international projects focusing on defining conservation and restoration priorities in Mexico and Latin America. Since then, her collaborations with international organizations (e.g., Conservation International, Sonoran Institute, The Nature Conservancy) and research institutions have centered on facilitating the practical use of earth systems science and technology to meet the growing demand for a spatially literate workforce and supporting scientific research, planning and policy.

During her time at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, she helped develop and establish a collaborative program with small-scale fishing communities to generate crucial spatio-temporal data about fishing activity for management and policy. This effort resulted in an increase of small-scale fisher’s active participation in decision-making processes, policy development, and science ( Simultaneously, Marcia co-founded dataMares (, an initiative that aims at facilitating access to scientific knowledge while promoting transparency, education, and a deeper understanding of ecosystems and their biodiversity, where she currently serves on the advisory committee.

Marcia teaches courses on the applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in different international settings and topics. Prior to joining the Fletcher faculty, she taught at the University of New England, where she coordinated the GIS minor. She received her doctorate and master’s degrees from the University of Arizona.

Marcia’s current work and research include identifying opportunities to develop and implement policies that enhance the resilience and support mitigation measures to climate change on coastal communities. Also, she has been actively collaborating on research about Blue Economy, with a particular focus on identifying opportunities to bridging the common divides between economic and environmental goals in development planning.

Areas of expertise

Science & Technology Policy

Selected Publications and Presentations

Cisneros-Montemayor, A. M., Moreno-Báez, M., Reygondeau, G., Cheung, W. W., Crosman, K. M., González-Espinosa, P. C., ... & Ota, Y. (2021). Enabling conditions for an equitable and sustainable blue economy. Nature, 591(7850), 396-401.

Cisneros-Montemayor, A.M., Moreno-Báez, M., Voyer, M., Allison, E.H., Cheung, W.W., Hessing-Lewis, M., Oyinlola, M.A., Singh, G.G., Swartz, W. and Ota, Y., (2019). Social equity and benefits as the nexus of a transformative Blue Economy: A sectoral review of implications. Marine Policy109, p.103702.

Rubio-Cisneros, N. T., Moreno-Báez, M., Glover, J., Rissolo, D., Sáenz-Arroyo, A., Götz, C., ... & Antele, F. (2019). Poor fisheries data, many fishers, and increasing tourism development: Interdisciplinary views on past and current small-scale fisheries exploitation on Holbox Island. Marine Policy, 100, 8-20.

Morzaria-Luna, H. N., Cruz-Piñón, G., Brusca, R. C., López-Ortiz, A. M., Moreno-Báez, M., Reyes-Bonilla, H., & Turk-Boyer, P. (2018). Biodiversity hotspots are not congruent with conservation areas in the Gulf of California. Biodiversity and conservation, 27(14), 3819-3842.

Munguia-Vega, A., Green, A. L., Suarez-Castillo, A. N., Espinosa-Romero, M. J., Aburto-Oropeza, O., Cisneros-Montemayor, A. M. Cruz-Piñón, G. Danemann, A. Giron-Nava, O. Gonzalez-Cuellar, C. Lasch, M. Mancha-Cisneros, S. Guido Marinone, M. Moreno-Báez, ... & Lasch, C. (2018). Ecological guidelines for designing networks of marine reserves in the unique biophysical environment of the Gulf of California. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 1-28.

Johnson, A. F., Moreno-Báez, M., Giron-Nava, A., Corominas, J., Erisman, B., Ezcurra, E., & Aburto-Oropeza, O. (2017). A spatial method to calculate small-scale fisheries effort in data poor scenarios. PloS one, 12(4), e0174064.

Erisman, B. E., Cota-Nieto, J. J., Moreno-Báez, M., & Aburto-Oropeza, O. (2017). Vulnerability of spawning aggregations of a coastal marine fish to a small-scale fishery. Marine Biology, 164(5), 100.

Aburto-Oropeza, O., López‐Sagástegui, C., MorenoBáez, M., Mascareñas‐Osorio, I., Jiménez‐Esquivel, V., Johnson, A. F., & Erisman, B. (2017). Endangered Species, Ecosystem Integrity, and Human Livelihoods. Conservation Letters.

Munguía-Vega, A., Torre, J., Turk-Boyer, P., Marinone, S.G., Lavín, M.F., Pfister, T., Shaw, W., Danemann, G., Raimondi, P., Castillo-López, A., Cinti, A., Duberstein, J.N., Moreno-Báez, M., Rojo, M., Soria, G., Sánchez-Velasco, L., Morzaria-Luna, H.N., Bourillón, L., Rowell, K., Cudney-Bueno, R., (2015). PANGAS: An Interdisciplinary Ecosystem- Based Research Framework for Small-Scale Fisheries in the Northern Gulf of California. Journal of the Southwest 57, 337–390.

H. M. Leslie, X. Basurto, M. Nenadovic, L. Sievanen, K. C. Cavanaugh, J. J. Cota-Nieto, B. E. Erisman, E. Finkbeiner, G. Hinojosa-Arango, M. Moreno-Báez, S. Nagavarapu, S. M. W. Reddy, A. Sánchez-Rodríguez, K. Siegel, J. J. Ulibarria-Valenzuela, A. H. Weaver, and O. Aburto-Oropeza, “Operationalizing the social-ecological systems framework to assess sustainability,” PNAS, pp. 1–6, Apr. 2015.

Erisman, B., Mascarenas-Osorio, I., López-Sagástegui, C., Moreno-Báez, M., Jiménez-Esquivel, V., & Aburto-Oropeza, O. (2015). A comparison of fishing activities between two coastal communities within a biosphere reserve in the Upper Gulf of California. Fisheries Research, 164, 254-265..

A. Espinoza-Tenorio, M. Moreno-Báez, D. Pech, G. J. Villalobos-Zapata, L. Vidal-Hernández, et al., (2014). El ordenamiento ecológico marino en México: un reto y una invitación al quehacer científico. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research, pp. 1–15.

A. Cinti, J. N. Duberstein, E. Torreblanca, and M. Moreno-Báez. (2014) Overfishing Drivers and Opportunities for Recovery in Small-Scale Fisheries of the Midriff Islands Region, Gulf of California, Mexico: the Roles of Land and Sea Institutions in Fisheries Sustainability. Ecology and Society, vol. 19, no. 1, p. art15.

Hem Nalini Morzaria-Luna, Turk-Boyer P., Moreno-Baez, M.. (2013) Social indicators of vulnerability for fishing communities in the Northern Gulf of California, Mexico: Implications for climate change. Marine Policy, In Press. Available online 22. Marine Policy.

Soria, G., Torre-Cosio, J., Munguia-Vega, A., Marinone, S. G., Lavín, M. F., Cinti, A., & Moreno-Báez, M. (2014). Dynamic connectivity patterns from an insular marine protected area in the Gulf of California. Journal of Marine Systems, 129, 248-258..

Moreno-Báez, M., Cudney-Bueno, et al. (2012). Integrating the spatial and temporal dimensions of fishing activities for management in the Northern Gulf of California, Mexico. Ocean and Coastal Management, 55(C), 111–127.

E. Erisman, B. Aburto-Oropeza, O., Gonzalez-Abraham, C., Mascareñas-Osorio, I., Moreno- Baez, M., & Hastings, P. A. (2012). Spatio-temporal dynamics of a fish spawning aggregation and its fishery in the Gulf of California. Scientific Reports, 2. doi:10.1038/srep00284.

Moreno-Báez, M., B. Orr, et al. (2010). Using Fishers' Local Knowledge to Aid Management at Regional Scales: Spatial Distribution of Small-scale Fisheries in the Northern Gulf of California, Mexico. Bulletin of Marine Science 86(2).