Juan Pablo Seco Pon, Marine Biologist
Juan Pablo has a Bachelor Degree of Sciences in Biological Sciences from the National University of Mar del Plata in Argentina (2006) and is devoted to the study and conservation of marine vertebrates, especially seabirds for the past ten years. He has conducted several research campaigns throughout the southwestern Atlantic, studying the interactions between seabirds and artisanal, and semi-industrial and industrial fisheries.
He was also involved in the project, “Olrog´s Gulls interacting with sport fisheries in Argentina and Uruguay,” and continues to participate in projects related to the conservation of this endangered gull species in the region. Juan Pablo has participated in international at sea surveys to develop and implement mitigation measures aboard commercial fishing vessels in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Juan Pablo is currently dedicated to the study of seabird interactions with commercial trawlers within Argentine waters. He works in cooperation with several national universities, international institutes, local and international governmental and non-governmental agencies and with different sectors of the fishing industry to diminish the incidental capture of seabirds and other marine species, mainly in nets. Juan Pablo is also a certified observer from the National Observers Program of the National Fisheries Institute of Argentina, and currently assists applicants for this program.
Lately, he has been working as a Marine Mammal Observer on board seismic research vessels operating in waters off Bahía San Sebastian, Tierra del Fuego. As an active young scientist he has published several papers on seabird ecology and conservation in specialized scientific journals, and has attended several national and international congresses, as a reviewer.
Juan Pablo supports the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels as a South American News Correspondent in an honorary capacity. In his time off, Juan Pablo has worked as a Naturalist Guide based in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, and has being working continuously as a Lecturer and Zodiac driver onboard Antarctic cruise ships during the past seven seasons.
Juan Pablo Seco Pon is scheduled to sail on the following voyage(s) (subject to change):