Mariela Pajuelo is a Peruvian biologist. Much of her work has focused on understanding the feeding behavior of sea turtles. She has also worked with fishing communities in Peru to raise awareness about marine protection and bycatch reduction of endangered species. Pajuelo is also a member of the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group.
Pajuelo’s recent work focuses on the impact of small-scale and industrial fisheries on endangered marine fauna in Peru. She is also interested in broadening representation in STEM careers and as such she serves as lead advisor to the SACNAS UF Chapter (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanos and Native Americas in Science).
Pajuelo received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, in Lima, Perú and her master’s degree and Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Florida.
TESI Environmental Leaders Fellowship
- Visiting scientist for the Science in Every Florida School program
- Instructor for the Broader Impact of Science on Society course, and other courses that teach the science behind current global change issues