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Diego L. Gil‐Agudelo

Director of Research Operations



E-mail: diegogil@tamug.edu
Phone: +1 (409) 740-4941

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Get To Know Diego L. Gil‐Agudelo

Professional in Marine Sciences with more than 15 years of experience leading interdisciplinary research groups. Ability formulating and implementing research projects in conservation biology and environmental science for the creation of sound policies for the sustainable development of species and ecosystems. Experience working with academia, research institutions, government offices and private companies for the creation of products with high technical standards.

Education
  • Ph.D. Marine Sciences. University of South Carolina. 2004
  • Diploma Ocean Governance. International Ocean Institute‐Dalhousie University. 2008
  • Sc. Marine Biology, Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, Colombia. 1998
Publications

Scientific journals:

Gil-Agudelo, D.L., Ban-Haim, Y., Rosenberg, E. & Smith, G.W.  2017.  Differential Response of Coral Symbiotic Dinoflagellates to Bacterial Toxins that Produce Bleaching in Stony Corals. Journal of the South Carolina Academy of Science 15(1): 30-42

LaJeunesse, T.C., Lee, S.Y., Gil-Agudelo, D.L., Knowlton, N., Jeong, H.J. 2015.  Symbiodinium necroappetens sp. nov. (Dinophyceae): an opportunist ‘zooxanthella’found in bleached and diseased tissues of Caribbean reef corals.  European Journal of Phycology 50(2): 223.238

Gil-Agudelo, D.L., Nieto-Bernal, R.A., Ibarra-Mojica, D.M., Guevara-Vargas, A.M. & Gundlach. E. 2015.  Environmental Sensitivity Index for Oil Spills in Marine and Coastal Areas in Colombia.  CT&F - Ciencia, Tecnología y Futuro, 6(1), 23-37.

Nieto-Bernal, R., Chasqui, L., Rodríguez, A.M., Castro, E. & Gil-Agudelo, D.L.  2013.  Composición, Abundancia y Distribución de las poblaciones de gasterópodos de importancia comercial en La Guajira, Caribe colombiano.  Rev. Biol. Trop. 61(2): 683-700

Lucero-Rincón, C.H., Cantera, J., Gil-Agudelo, D.L., Muñoz, O., Zapata, L.A., Cortés, N., Gualteros, W.O. & Manjarrés, A.  2013.  Análisis espacio temporal de la biología reproductiva y el reclutamiento del molusco bivalvo Anadara tuberculosa en la costa del Pacífico colombiano. Rev. Biol. Mar. Oceanog. 48(2):321-334

Muñoz-Escobar L. & Gil-Agudelo, D.L.  2012. Composición dietaria del pez león, Pterois volitans (Pisces: Scorpaenidae), en Santa Marta y el Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona. Bol. Inv. Mar. Cost. 41(2): 471-477

Chasqui-Velazco, L., Gil-Agudelo, D.L. and Nieto, R.  2011.  Endemic shallow reef fishes from Malpelo Island: Abundance and distribution.  Bol. Invest. Mar. Cost. 40 (Supl. Esp.): 107-116

Navas-Camacho, R., Gil-Agudelo, D.L., Rodríguez-Ramírez, A., Reyes-Nivia, C. & Garzón-Ferreira, J. 2010. Coral diseases and bleaching on Colombian Caribbean coral reefs.  Rev. Biol. Trop. 58(Suppl.1):95-106

Gil-Agudelo, D.L., Navas-Camacho, R., Rodríguez-Ramírez, A., Reyes-Nivia, M.C., Bejarano, S., Garzón-Ferreira, J. y Smith, G.W. 2009.  Enfermedades coralinas y su investigación en arrecifes colombianos.  Bol. Inv. Mar. Cost. 38(2):189-224

Gil-Agudelo, D.L., Fonseca, D., Garzón-Ferreira, J., Weil, E., and Smith, G.W. 2007. Bacterial communities associated with the mucopolysaccharide layers of three coral species affected and unaffected with dark spots disease. Can. J. Microbiol. 53: 465-471

Fanning, L., Mahon, R, McConney, P., Angulo, J., Burrows, F., Chakalall, B., Gil, D., Haughton, M., Heileman, S., Martinez, S., Ostine, L., Oviedo, A., Phillips, T., Santizo, Simmons, B. y Toro, C. 2007. A Large Marine Ecosystem Governance Framework.  Marine Policy 31: 434-443

Gil-Agudelo, D.L., Smith, G.W., and Weil, E. 2006.  The white band disease type II in Puerto Rico. Rev. Biol. Trop. 54 (Suppl. 3): 59-67

Gil-Agudelo, D.L., Ali-Hasam, L., Kim, K., and Smith, G.W.  2006. Characterization of coral surface microbiota using metabolic profiling.  Proc. 10th Int. Coral Reef Symp. 149-152

Weil, E., G. Smith, and D.L. Gil-Agudelo.  2006.  Status and progress in coral reef disease research.  Dis. Aqua. Org. 69(1):1-7

Gil-Agudelo, D.L., Myers, C., Smith, G.W., and Kim, K. 2006. Changes in the Microbial Communities Associated with Gorgonia ventalina during Aspergillosis Infection.  Dis. Aqua. Org. 69(1):89-94

Gil-Agudelo, D.L. and Garzón-Ferreira, J. 2001. Spatial and seasonal variation of the Dark Spot Disease in coral communities of the Santa Marta area (Colombian Caribbean).  Bull. Mar. Sci. 69(2):619-629

Books:

Nieto-Bernal, R., A. Rodríguez, L. Chasqui, E. Castro y Gil-Agudelo, D.L. 2011. Distribución y abundancia de las poblaciones de gasterópodos de importancia comercial en La Guajira, Caribe colombiano. Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas y Costeras - INVEMAR, Subsecretaría de Pesca de la Gobernación de San Andrés, Providencia y Santa Catalina. Serie de Documentos Generales de INVEMAR No. 46. Santa Marta, Colombia. 32 p.

Baptiste, M.P., Castaño. N., Cárdenas, D., Gutierrez, F.P., Gil, D.L. y Lasso, C.A. (Eds).  2010. Análisis de riesgos y propuesta de categorización de especies introducidas para Colombia.  Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt.  Bogotá, D.C.  200p.

Delgado, M.F., Gualteros, W., Espinosa, S., Lucero, C., Roldán, A.M., Zapata, L.A., Cantera, J.R., Candelo, C., Palacio, C., Muñoz, O., Mayor, G. y Gil-Agudelo, D.L.  2010. Pianguando- Estrategias para el manejo de la piangua (Cartilla).  INVEMAR, ASCONAR, WWF Colombia, Universidad del Valle, UAESPNN-PNN Sanquianga, Ministerio de Agricultura y Desarrollo Rural.  Serie de Publicaciones Generales INVEMAR No. 45. 20p.

Osorno, A., Gil-Agudelo, D.L. and Gómez, L.A.  2009. Plan de Investigación y Conservación de Cittarium pica (Linnaeus, 1758) en Colombia.  Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas y Costeras INVEMAR.

Gracia, A., Medellín, J., Gil-Agudelo, D.L. and Puentes, V.  2009. Especies Marinas Exóticas de Colombia.  Ministerio de Ambiente, Vivienda y Desarrollo Territorial.

Chapters in Books:

Gil-Agudelo, D.L., & Wells, P.W.  2011. Impacts of Land-based Marine Pollution on Ecosystems in the Caribbean Sea.  Implications to EBM approach in the Caribbean. Cap. 5: 69-83  In: Fanning, L., Mahon, R. & McConney, P. (Eds.).  Towards Marine Ecosystems-based Management in the Wider Caribbean.  Amsterdam University Press. 

Gómez-Campo, K., López-Londoño, T., Gil-Agudelo, D.L., Navas-Camacho, R., Rojas, J.A. y Garzón-Ferreira, J.  2011. Blanqueamiento coralino, amenaza para el futuro de los arrecifes de coral de los archipiélagos Nuestra Señora del Rosario y San Bernardo. Cap. XXIV p. 319-328 In: Zarza-González, E. (Ed).  El entorno ambiental del Parque Nacional Natural Corales del Rosario y de San Bernardo.  Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia. Cartagena de Indias. 416pp.

Gil-Agudelo, D.L., Espinosa, S., Delgado, M.F., Gualteros, W., Lucero, C.H.  2011.  La pesquería tradicional de piangua en el Pacífico colombiano, entre la subsistencia y el comercio.  (2):49-79  In: Diaz-Merlano, J.M., Betancourt, C.V. and Sandarriaga, G.  Diagnóstico de las principales pesquerías del Pacífico colombiano.  Marviva. 

Espinosa Guerrero, Silvana; Gil Agudelo, Diego Luis; Candelo, Carmen y Zapata, Luis Alonso.  2009. Las piangüeras de la costa pacífica colombiana: investigación participativa para la conservación de la piangua y la actividad económica de este recurso biológico.  pp. 159-167  In: Comisión Colombiana del Océano.  Los pueblos del Mar.  Artes gráficas del Valle LTDA. Cali. 

Alberto Rodríguez-Ramírez, Carolina Bastidas, Sebastián Rodríguez, Zelinda Leão, Ruy Kikuchi, Marília Oliveira, Diego Gil, Jaime Garzón-Ferreira, María Catalina Reyes-Nivia, Raúl Navas-Camacho, Nadiezhda Santodomingo, Guillermo Díaz-Pulido, Dagoberto Venera-Ponton, Lenin Florez-Leiva, Alejandro Rangel-Campo, Carlos Orozco, Juan Carlos Márquez, Sven Zea, Mateo López-Victoria, Juan Armando Sánchez and Maria Clara Hurtado. 2008. The effects of coral bleaching in southern tropical America: Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela.  P. 105-114.  In: Wilkinson, C y D. Souter (Eds.). Status of Caribbean Coral Reefs after Bleaching and Hurricanes in 2005. Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, and Reef and Rainforest Research Centre, Townswille, 152 p.

Alberto Rodríguez-Ramírez, Carolina Bastidas, Jorge Cortés, Hector Guzmán, Zelinda Leão, Jaime Garzón-Ferreira, Ruy Kikuchi, Beatriz Padovani Ferreira, Juan José Alvarado, Carlos Jiménez, Ana C. Fonseca, Eva Salas, Jaime Nivia, Cindy Fernández, Sebastián Rodríguez, Denise Debrot, Aldo Cróquer, Diego Gil, Diana Isabel Gómez, Raúl Navas-Camacho, María Catalina Reyes-Nivia, Alberto Acosta, Elvira Alvarado, Valeria Pizarro, Adolfo Sanjuan, Pilar Herrón, Fernando A. Zapata, Sven Zea, Mateo López-Victoria and Juan Armando.  2008. Status of Coral Reefs and Associated Ecosystems in Southern Tropical America: Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panamá and Venezuela. P. 281-294 In: Wilkinson (Ed.) Status of coral reefs of the world: 2008 Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, and Reef and Rainforest Research Centre, Townswille, 298 p.

Gil-Agudelo, Diego L., Garriet W. Smith, Jaime Garzón-Ferreira, Ernesto Weil, Dirk Petersen.  2004. Dark Spots Disease and Yellow Band Disease, Two Poorly Known Coral Diseases with High Incidence in Caribbean Reefs.  In: Rosenberg, E and Loya, Y.  Coral Health and Disease.  Springer-Verlag, Berlin.  19: 337-349

Special Editions:

Ernesto Weil, Garriet W. Smith, Diego Gil-Agudelo (Eds).  2006.  Diseases of Coral Reef Organisms: Evolutionary Aspects, Current Status and Prognosis.  Dis. Aqua. Org. 69(1)

Grants and Fellowships

Leader of 16 research projects in conservation and sustainable development.

  • Species, assemblages and landscapes in the marine areas subject to hydrocarbon exploration (Year 1). Colombian Hydrocarbon Agency. 2007
  • Some conservation strategies on piangua Anadara tuberculosa (IUCN endangered species), in the Nariño Pacific coast of Colombia, through the articulation of traditional and scientific knowledge. 2007.
  • Productive potential of the natural populations of piangua Anadara tuberculosa and Anadara similis from a spatio‐ temporal perspective in the Pacific coast of Colombia. Ministry of Agriculture.
  • Ecological Integrity analyses of three Natural Parks in the Caribbean Coast of Colombia. The Nature Conservancy. 2009.
  • Distribution and valuation of the status of the wild population of the Queen Conch Strombus gigas (Gastropoda:Strombidae) in La Guajira (Colombian Caribbean) as a guide for its fishery management and conservation.
  • Identification of priority wetlands for the protection of early life stages of shallow water shrimp in Colombia from an ecogenetic perspective. ECOPETROL.
  • Toxicity of offshore exploration fluids in Colombian Caribbean native organisms. ECOPETROL‐INVEMAR.
  • Modeling of the metocean conditions of the Colombian Caribbean. ECOPETROL‐Universidad Nacional de Colombia, sede Medellín.
  • Abundance and Distribution of deep sea coral reefs in areas of offshore oil and gas exploration in La Guajira and south west of Isla Fuerte. ECOPETROL‐INVEMAR
  • Characterization of the artisanal Wayüu fisheries between Poporti and Bahia Portete, Uribia. ECOPETROL‐ Universidad de la Guajira.
  • Environmental Sensitivity Mapping for ports in Colombia.
Awards & Recognition
  • Fulbright Scholarship. 2000
  • Edwin W. Pauley Foundation Scholarship, 2005
  • Nominated “Third World Academy of Science (TWAS) for Young Colombian Scientists” Award. 2005
  • Nippon Fellowship. 2008
  • World Bank Award. 2009
  • Alejandro Ángel Escobar Award in Conservation and Sustainable Development.
  • ECOPETROL Excellence Award. 2012, 2013 and 2014
Professional Appointments
  • Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG). March 2018 ‐ Director of Research Operations.
  • University of South Carolina at Beaufort. Feb 2017‐ Feb 2018. Postdoctoral Fellow and Research
  • Colombian Oil Company (ECOPETROL). Aug 2015‐Jan 2017. HSE and Permits
  • Colombian Oil Company (ECOPETROL). Sep 2010‐Jul 2015. Offshore Environmental Research
  • Marine and Coastal Research Institute (INVEMAR). Feb 2005 Aug 2010. Marine Conservation Biology Leader.
  • University of South Carolina. Aug 2000‐Jan 2005. Research Assistant and Postdoctoral
  • Marine and Coastal Research Institute (INVEMAR). 1997‐2000. Assistant Researcher