Leyson Navarro Lopez, BSc

Research Officer, Panama

Leyson, originally from the Guna Yala Comarca on Panama’s Caribbean coast, was born and raised in the small community of Playón Chico, surrounded by the sea. His childhood in and around the water is what lead him to study Marine Biology and Limnology at the University of Panama, where he is in his final year. Leyson is passionate about marine ecosystems and is eager to learn more and participate in projects with MarAlliance for the conservation of marine fauna. He is currently working with MarAlliance on lionfish and marine megafauna projects in the Narganá region of Guna Yala, and will be completing his undergraduate research project using Baited Remote Underwater Videos and underwater visual census to develop the first baseline study of sharks, rays, and other big fish in the region.