Dr Lorenzo Álvarez-Filip

Post-doctoral researcher

My degrees

BSc Biology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

MSc Marine Ecology and Fisheries, Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada, Baja California

PhD Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia

Email: lorenzoaf@gmail.com

What I am now

Marine Scientist, Healthy Reefs Initiative, Puerto Morelos, México

My research

During my time in TMEL, I worked at integrating historical estimates of coral cover, rugosity, algae and fish abundance to attain a better understanding of the large-scale impacts and consequences of reef degradation for reef-associated fishes. This allowed a more direct exploration of the consequences and timing (e.g. lag effects) of habitat degradation for a range of diversity and trophic dimensions of fish assemblages, and allowed us to test well-established paradigms such as the role of the loss of herbivory in increasing the dominance of macroalgae and subsequent phase shifts on the Caribbean.


Alvarez-Filip L., Gill J.A., Dulvy N.K., Perry A.L., Watkinson A.R., &  Côté I.M., 2011. Drivers of region-wide declines in architectural complexity on Caribbean reefs. Coral Reefs. DOI: 10.1007/s00338-011-0795-6

Alvarez-Filip L., Dulvy N.K., Côté I.M., Watkinson A.R. & Gill J.A. 2011. Coral identity underpins reef complexity on Caribbean reefs. Ecol. Appl. DOI:10.1890/10-1563.1

 Alvarez-Filip L, Côté I.M., Gill J.A., Watkinson A.R. & Dulvy N.K. 2011. Region-wide temporal and spatial variation in Caribbean reef architecture: is coral cover the whole story? Glob Change Biol17: 2470-2477

Lozano-Álvarez E, Briones-Fourzán P, Álvarez-Filip L, Weiss HM, Negrete-Soto F, Barradas-Ortiz C. 2010. Influence of shelter availability on interactions between Caribbean spiny lobsters and moray eels: implications for artificial lobster enhancement. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 400: 175-185

Alvarez-Filip L.,
Dulvy N.K., Gill J.A., Côté I.M. & Watkinson A.R. 2009 Flattening of Caribbean coral reefs: region-wide declines in architectural complexity. Proc. R. Soc. B. 276: 3019-3025

Alvarez-Filip, L. M. Millet-Encalada and H. Reyes-Bonilla. 2009. Impact of Hurricanes Emily and Wilma on the coral community of Cozumel Island, Mexico. Bull. Mar. Sci. 84: 295-306

Reyes-Bonilla, H. and L. Alvarez-Filip. 2009. Long-term changes in taxonomic distinctness and trophic structure of reef fishes at Cabo Pulmo reef, Gulf of California. Proceedings of 11th International Coral Reef Symposium. Fort Lauderdale, USA. 790-794

Álvarez del Castillo-Cárdenas, P.A., H. Reyes-Bonilla, L. Álvarez-Filip, M. Millet-Encalada & L.E. Escobosa-González. 2009. Cozumel Island, México: A disturbance history. Proceedings of 11th International Coral Reef Symposium. Fort Lauderdale, USA. 701-705

Alvarez-Filip, L. and M. Bonilla-Moheno. 2007. Arrecifes coralinos, selvas tropicales y huracanes. Ciencias. 85: 14-17

Alvarez-Filip, L. 2007. Arrecifes de coral y áreas naturales protegidas. Ciencia y Desarrollo. 33: 9-13

Alvarez-Filip, L
., H. Reyes-Bonilla and L. Calderón-Aguilera. 2006. Community structure of fishes in Cabo Pulmo Reef, Gulf of California. Mar. Ecol. 27: 253-262

Alvarez-Filip, L. and I. Gil. 2006. Effects of Hurricanes Emily and Wilma on Coral Reefs in Cozumel, Mexico. Coral Reefs 25: 583

Alvarez-Filip, L. and H. Reyes-Bonilla. 2006. Comparison of community structure and functional diversity of fishes at Cabo Pulmo coral reef, B.C.S. Mexico between 1987 and 2003. Proceedings of 10th International Coral Reef Symposium. Okinawa, Japan. 216-225