Alex's research field is Marine Aquariology, with a primary interest in understanding the coral reef ecosystem and its associated biodiversity.
Even though coral reefs occupy a small percentage of the world's area, they are considered incalculable value ecosystems due to their ecological role and the essential source of income they provide for millions of people. Due to threats that these ecosystems face, it becomes more crucial than ever to understand and conduct research under controlled conditions that help improve and develop coral gardening techniques and reef restoration projects.
Throughout his career, Alex has worked in several institutions from around the world and in multicultural environments composed of people with different backgrounds. He has been usually involved in coral farming activities, marine fauna rehabilitation/release tasks and breeding projects such as coral spawning, seadragons and seahorse, jellyfish, and fish.
Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division (BESE)