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’s recent work focuses on the impact of small-scale and industrial fisheries on endangered marine fauna in Peru. She is also collaborating on the creation of molecular tools to improve in-situ identification of endangered fish species and fish parasites to ensure seafood traceability and safety.
Pajuelo received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, and master’s degree and Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Florida.