Hector Barrios-Garrido

Research Scientists

Research Scientist



Building 2. Level 2. Desert Side. Workstation 2257-ws18.

Research Interests

Marine Turtles, Cetaceans, IUCN Red List, Marine Conservation

Selected Publications

Barrios-Garrido, H.; Arias-Ortiz, A.; Balladares, C.; Espinoza-Rodríguez, N.; García-Cruz, M.; González, M.F.; Pulido-Petit, G.; Rojas-Cañizales, D.; Rondon-Medicci, M.; Vernet, P.; Wildermann, N.E. 2022. Records of Olive Ridley Marine Turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea, Eschscholtz 1829) in Venezuelan Waters: A Review of Historical Data Sets and Threats. Chelonian Conservation and Biology, 21(1): https://doi.org/10.2744/CCB-1514.1 

Barrios-Garrido, H.; De Turris-Morales, K.; Espinoza-Rodríguez, N. 2021. Guiana Dolphin (Sotalia guianensis) in the Maracaibo Lake System, Venezuela: conservation, threats, and population overview. Frontiers in Marine Science, 594021, 1-5. doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2020.594021  

Barrios-Garrido, H.; Shimada, T.; Diedrich, A.; Hamann, M. 2020. Conservation and Enforcement Capacity index (CECi): integrating human development, economy, and marine turtle status. Journal of Environmental Management, 262, 110311. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.110311 

Barrios-Garrido, H.; Montiel-Villalobos, M.G.; Palmar, J.; Rodriguez-Clark, K. 2020. Wayuú capture of green turtles, Chelonia mydas, in the Gulf of Venezuela: A major Caribbean artisanal turtle fishery. Ocean and Coastal Management: 188, 105123. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2020.105123 

Barrios-Garrido, H.; Becker, P.; Bjorndal, K.A.; Bolten, A.B.; Diez, C.; Espinoza-Rodríguez, N.E.; Fastigi, M.; Gray, J.; Harrison, E.; Hart, K.A.; Meylan, A.; Meylan, P.; Montiel-Villalobos, M.G.; Morales, F.; Nava, M.; Palmar, J.; Petit-Rodriguez, M.J.; Richardson, P.; Rojas-Cañizales, D.; Sandoval, M.G.; Valverde, R.A.; van Dam, R.; Walker, J.T.; Wildermann, N.; Hamann, N. 2020. Sources and movements of marine turtles in the Gulf of Venezuela: regional and local assessments. Regional Studies in Marine Science, 101318 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rsma.2020.101318 

Barrios-Garrido, H; Wildermann, N.; Diedrich, A.; Hamann, M. 2019. Conflicts and solutions related to marine turtle conservation initiatives in the Caribbean basin: identifying new challenges. Ocean and Coastal Management, 171: 19-27. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2019.01.003 

Barrios-Garrido, H.; Palmar, J.; Wildermann, N.; Rojas-Cañizales, D.; Diedrich, A.; Hamann, M. 2018. Marine turtle’s presence in the traditional pharmacopoeia, cosmovision, and beliefs of Wayuú Indigenous people. Chelonian Conservation and Biology, 17(2): 177-186. doi: https://doi.org/10.2744/CCB-1276.1 

Barrios-Garrido, H.; Espinoza-Rodríguez, N.; Rojas-Cañizales, D.; Palmar, J.; Wildermann, N.; Montiel-Villalobos, M.G.; Hamann, M. 2017. Trade of marine turtles along the Southwestern Coast of the Gulf of Venezuela. Marine Biodiversity Records 05/2017; 10:15. doi: https://doi.org/10.1186/s41200-017-0115-0 

Barrios-Garrido, H.; De Turris-Morales, K.; Nash, C.M.; Delgado-Ortega, G.; Espinoza-Rodríguez, N. 2016. Acoustic Parameters of Guiana Dolphin (Sotalia guianensis) Whistles in the Southern Gulf of Venezuela. Aquatic Mammals 06/2016; 42(2): 127-136. doi: https://doi.org/10.1578/AM.42.2.2016.127 

Barrios-Garrido, H.; Montiel-Villalobos, M.G. 2016. Strandings of Leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) along the western and southern coast of the Gulf of Venezuela. Herpetological Conservation and Biology, 11(1): 244-252.


PhD Environmental Science and Management. James Cook University, Townsville, Australia. 2018.

Master of Science in Applied Ecology, Major: Aquatic Ecology. University of Zulia; Maracaibo, Venezuela. 2006. 

Licentiate in Biology. University of Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela. 2003.

Professional Profile

2024: Research Scientist at Red Sea Research Center (Red Sea Research Center). KAUST. Marine Turtle Advisor for Red Sea Global. Saudi Arabia. 

2021-2023: Environmental Specialist (Marine Turtle Specialist), KAUST-Beacon Development, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia. 

2006 – 2020: University of Zulia, Venezuela. Associate Professor in Aquatic Ecology and Conservation Biology.

2020 - TropWATER, Division of Tropical Environments & Societies at James Cook University, Australia / Adjunct Research Fellow (ad honorem)

2019 - Turtle Foundation. Boa Vista Island, Cape Verde. / Environmental Consultant.

2017-2018. Florida State University, USA: Visiting Scholar at Marine Turtle Research, Ecology and Conservation Group.

2014 - James Cook University, Australia: Guest Lecturer

Scientific and Professional Membership

International Sea Turtle Society (ISTS)

Society for Conservation Biology (SCB)

Venezuelan Society of Ecology (in Spanish: SVE)


2023 - International Sea Turtle Society (ISTS) - President Award

2023 - Grass Roots Conservation Award. Granted by the International Sea Turtle Society (ISTS)

2018 - Winner-Alumni Champion of the Year (2018). Certificate of Excellence. Nominated by James Cook University. Award granted by Study Queensland Excellence Awards.

2007 - Sciences Award. Best Thesis on Biological Sciences: Master in Sciences – Aquatic Ecology

2007 - Archie Carr Best Student Presentation Award (Oral presentation). Runner-Up. Award granted by the International Sea Turtle Society.

Non-KAUST Affiliations

Red Sea Global

Research Interests Keywords

Marine Turtles IUCN Red List Cetaceans