Carlos F. Gaymer is a Full Professor at the Department of Marine Biology at the Faculty of Marine Sciences, Universidad Católica del Norte, Chile, and Director of the Center for Ecology and Sustainable Management of Oceanic Islands (ESMOI). He is also Director and associate researcher of the Center for Advanced Studies in Arid Zones (CEAZA).
His research mainly focuses on 1) understanding the mechanisms and processes that determine structure and organization in marine communities and 2) generating the scientific basis for the conservation of marine ecosystems and establishment of marine protected areas. His lab has been involved in the processes for creating the large scale marine protected areas (LMPAs) in the Chilean oceanic islands, but also led the processes for developing the management plan of these areas.
Carlos is part of the planning team of the Big Ocean Network (bigoceanmanagers.org) and was regional coordinator for the Southeast Pacific of WCPA-Marine at IUCN.
He is the leading scientist for the efforts that Chile and the Coral Reefs of the High Seas Coalition are running for creating the first LSMPA in the high seas in the Salas & Gómez and Nazca ridges.
Carlos is a Marine Biologist from Universidad Católica del Norte and PhD in Biology from Université Laval in Canada.