Job Title: Research Associate
Employer: UBC Fisheries Centre
Place of Birth: Mexico City, Mexico.
High School attended: National Preparatory School #6, UNAM, Mexico City
Further Education: Autonomous University of Baja California, Ensenada, BC. Mexico. (B.Sc. - 1982, Oceanography), Univ. College of N Wales, UK. (M.Sc. - 1990, Fisheries Biology and Management), UBC, Vancouver, BC. Canada. (Ph.D. - 1996, Resource Management and Environmental Sciences).
Geographic focus of research: BC, Mexico, Canada, and worldwide.
Brief synopsis of current research:
Biology, ecology, conservation, fisheries, stock assessment and management of sharks. Recent research focused on conservation biology of basking sharks in BC, the usage of MPAs for shark fisheries management & conservation, age and growth of tropical sharks, and the ecological role of sharks and the effects of their removal from ecosystems. Additional research on effects of distant water fleets around the world, and groundfish resources in BC.
Bonfil, R. 1999. The dogfish (Squalus acanthias) fishery of British Columbia, Canada, and its management. pp. 608-655. in: R. Shotton (ed.): "Case Studies of the Management of Elasmobranch Fisheries". FAO Fish. Tech. Paper No. 378/2. FAO, Rome.
Bonfil, R. 1999. Marine Protected Areas as a Shark Fisheries Management Tool. pp. 217-230. in: Seret. B. and J.-Y. Sire. eds. Proceedings of the 5th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference. Noumea, 1997. Paris: Soc. Fr. Ichtyol., 1999: 888 pp.
Walters, C. J. and R. Bonfil. 1999. Multispecies spatial assessment models for the BC groundfish trawl fishery. Can. J. Fish. Aquatic Sci..56(4): 601-628.
Bonfil, R. 1997. Status of Shark Resources in the Southern Gulf of México and Caribbean: implications for Management. Fisheries Research 29(2):101-117
Bonfil, R. 1994. Overview of World Elasmobranch Fisheries. FAO Fish. Tech. Pap. 341. Rome, FAO. 119p. [Translated to Japanese and published in 1998 in the Japan Marine Fishery Resources Research Center, Technical Report 34. 158 p.
Devoting one's professional life to marine biology can be a highly rewarding activity but one that sometimes entails a certain degree of sacrifice. Depending on the specific topic of interest and specialisation, job opportunities can be very limited (or not) at times. A good evaluation of the specific career you choose and the life-style that will come with it is advisable before committing to this field.