Adrian Munguia-Vega, PhD

Assistant Research Scientist
(520) 621-6945

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My research focuses on population and evolutionary genomics. I conduct transdisciplinary research in marine and terrestrial environments at the intersection of academia, local communities, and government and civil society organizations. The common thread in all my research projects is the application of genetic and genomic tools to understand, manage, and conserve biodiversity. My work merges genomic data across different disciplines, including physical oceanography, marine ecology, metapopulation dynamics, landscape genomics, historical demography, molecular evolution, metagenomics of Eukaryotes and Prokaryotes, design of networks of marine reserves, socioecological systems, small-scale fisheries, seafood traceability, and conservation biology in general. I received my B.S. and M.S degrees in Marine Biology at Baja California Sur, Mexico from UABCS in 2000 and from CIBNOR in 2003, respectively, and my PhD in 2011 from the University of Arizona.

Some current research projects include:


Please see my Google Scholar page or my Research Gate profile for a complete list of publications.

Selected publications:

10. Lopez-Cortes A, Martinez MA, Latisnere-Barragan H, Garcia-Maldonado JQ, Munguia-Vega A (2020) Intestinal microbiome analyses of Litopenaeus vannamei during a case of atypical massive mortality in Northwestern Mexico. Current Microbiology, in-press.

9. Cisneros-Mata MA, Munguia-Vega A, Rodriguez-Felix D, Aragon-Noriega EA, Grijalva-Chon M, Arreola-Lizarraga JA, Hurtado LA (2019) Genetic diversity and metapopulation structure of the brown swimming crab (Callinectes bellicosus), along the coast of Sonora, Mexico: implications for fisheries management. Fisheries Research, 212, 97-106.

8. Munguia-Vega A, Green AL, Suarez-Castillo AN, Espinosa-Romero MJ, Aburto-Oropeza O, Cisneros-Montemayor AM, Cruz-Piñon G, Danemann G, Giron-Nava A, Gonzalez-Cuellar O, Lasch C, Mancha-Cisneros MM, Marinone G, Moreno-Baez M, Morzaria-Luna HN, Reyes-Bonilla H, Torre J, Turk-Boyer P, Walther M, Weaver AM (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, 28, 749-776.

7. Munguia-Vega A, Marinone SG, Paz-Garcia DA, Giron-Nava A, Plomozo-Lugo T, Gonzalez-Cuellar O, Weaver AH, Garcia-Rodriguez FJ, Reyes-Bonilla H (2018) Anisotropic larval connectivity and metapopulation structure driven by directional oceanic currents in a marine fish targeted by small-scale fisheries. Marine Biology, 165.

6. Alvarez-Romero JG, Munguia-Vega A, Beger M, Mancha-Cisneros MM, Suarez-Castillo AN, Gurney GG, Pressey RL, Gerber LR, Morzaria-Luna HN, Reyes-Bonilla H, Graham EM, VanDerWal J, Castillo-Lopez A, Hinojosa-Arango G, Petatan-Ramirez D, Moreno-Baez M, Godinez-Reyes CR, Torre J (2018) Designing connected marine reserves in the face of global warming. Global Change Biology, 24, e671–e691.

5. Munguia-Vega A, Torre J, Turk-Boyer P, Marinone SG, Lavin MF, Pfister T, Shaw W, Danemann G, Raimondi P, Castillo-Lopez A, Cinti A, Duberstein J, Moreno-Baez M, Soria G, Sanchez-Velasco L, Morzaria-Luna H, Bourillon 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.

4. Munguia-Vega A, Saenz-Arroyo A, Greenley AP, Espinoza-Montes JA, Palumbi SR, Rossetto M, Micheli F (2015) Marine reserves help preserve genetic diversity after impacts derived from climate variability: lessons from the pink abalone in Baja California. Global Ecology and Conservation, 4, 264-276.

3. Munguia-Vega A, Jackson A, Marinone SG, Erisman B, Moreno-Baez M, Giron A, Pfister T, Aburto-Oropeza O, Torre J (2014) Asymmetric connectivity of spawning aggregations of a commercially important marine fish using a multidisciplinary approach. PeerJ, 2, e511.

2. Munguia-Vega A, Rodriguez-Estrella R, Shaw W, Culver M (2013) Localized extinction of an arboreal desert lizard caused by habitat fragmentation. Biological Conservation, 157, 11-20. 

1. Munguia-Vega A, Esquerr-Garrigós Y, Rojas-Bracho L, Vázquez-Juárez R, Castro-Prieto A, Flores-Ramírez S (2007) Genetic drift vs. natural selection in a long-term small isolated population: Major histocompatibility complex class II variation in the Gulf of California endemic porpoise, Phocoena sinus. Molecular Ecology 16, 4051–4065.