Luisa Garcia
Research Biologist
Interests & Expertise
  • Sustainable fisheries

  • Reproductive biology

  • Natural mortality

  • Fishing mortality

  • Bycatch reduction

M.S. in Marine Biology
University of Rhode Island
B.S., Biology 
Universidad del Valle, Colombia 


Luisa Garcia received a bachelor’s degree in Biology with concentration in Marine biology in 2009 from Universidad del Valle, Colombia. After graduating, she worked for four years as an Assistant Researcher in the Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas y Costeras – INVEMAR (Colombia). In this position she participated in several research trips and specialized in fisheries stock assessments and the reproductive biology of the main commercially harvested shrimp species (Litopenaeus occidentalis, Solenocera agassizi, and Farfantepenaeus brevirotris) in the Colombian Pacific. Luisa moved to the U.S. in 2015 and completed a master’s degree in Marine Affairs at University of Rhode Island in 2016. At CFF, Luisa heads an on-going seasonal bycatch study researching changes in the distribution of bycatch species in the scallop fishery on Georges Bank. Additionally, Luisa is interested in the distribution and prevalence of diseases in scallop and other important species, as well as lobster damage caused by different dredge configurations. She hopes to apply her passion for sustainable fisheries management to this study and future research at CFF. 

Stock assessment

Exploring non-lethal techniques for sex determination and evaluation of maturity stage of Southern New England monkfish, Lophius americanus
Principal investigators: Lusia Garcia, Ricky Alexander
Funding provided by:  NOAA/NMFS Monkfish Set-Aside Grant Program

This study uses ultrasound to identify each organ of the Southern New England monkfish, and compiles reference images for sex identification in monkfish.  Goals are to centrifuge blood for plasma extraction and to create a method for rapid freezing and storage both on and off of vessels.  A Standard Operating Procedure is being developed based on these trainings to ensure a standard metric collection strategy for each specimen.  

 Bycatch survey of the Scallop Fishery.
Principal investigators: Luisa Garcia and Liese Siemann
Funding provided by: NOAA/NMFS Atlantic Sea Scallop Set-Aside Grant Program

This study explores reproductive aspects and the spatial-temporal variations in the meat weight of sea scallops. From August 2015 to June 2016  5,009 scallops were collected  on the Northern Edge of Georges Bank., and examined and evaluated.  In addition to recording trip and station level data, individual-based data including scallop shell height, adductor muscle weight and quality, sex, reproductive stage, and gonad weight were recorded for each sampled animal. Based on these data, we constructed a predictive model of sea scallop meat weight that included scallop shell height, water depth, adductor muscle color and trip month as explanatory variables.


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