Faculty & Staff Details

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Camilo Mora, Assistant Professor

Degree: Ph.D., University of Windsor, 2005.

Office Location: Saunders 413
Phone Number: 956-7093
Fax Number:
Email: cmora@hawaii.edu



Ph.D., University of Windsor. 2005.: Ecological and conservation consequences of dispersal in marine fishes

B.A. Universidad del Valle, 1999.:

Courses Taught



I am interested in the interlinks between biodiversity patterns, processes, threats, conservation and human welfare


  • Mora C, Rollo A, Amaro T, Baco AR, Billett D, Bopp L, Chen Q, Collier M, Danovaro R, Gooday AJ, Grupe BM, Halloran PR, Ingels J, Jones DOB, Levin LA, Nakano H, Norling K, Ramirez-Llodra E, Ruhl HA, Smith CR, Sweetman AK, Thurber AR, Tjiputra JF, Usseglio P, Watling L, Wei CL, Wu T, Yasuhara M (2013) Biotic and human vulnerability to projected changes in ocean biogeochemistry over the 21st century. Plos Biology 11: e1001682.

  • Mora C, Frazier AG, Tong EJ, Longman RJ, Kaiser LR, Dacks RS, Walton MM, Fernandez-Silva I, Stender YO, Anderson JM, Sanchez JJ, Ambrosino CM, Giuseffi LM, Giambelluca TW (2013) The projected timing of climate departure from recent variability. Nature 502: 183-187.

  • Leung T, Mora C, Klaus R (in press) Patterns of diversity and distribution of aquatic invertebrates and their parasites. In Morand S, Krasnov B, Littlewood T (eds) Parasite Diversity and Diversification - Evolutionary Ecology Meets Phylogenetics. Cambridge University Press

  • Mora C, Rollo A, Tittensor D (2013) Comment on 'Can we name Earth's species before they go extinct?'. Science 341: 237.

  • Mora C, Zapata F (2013) Anthropogenic footprints on biodiversity. In Klaus R (ed) The Balance of Nature and Human Impact. Cambridge University Press. p 239-257.

  • Mora C (2012) Comment on 'Global correlations in tropical tree species richness and abundance reject neutrality'. Science 336: 1639.

  • Mora C, Tittensor DP, Adl S, Simpson AGB, Worm B (2011) How many species are there on Earth and in the Ocean?. PlosBiology 9: e1001127.

  • Mora C, Sale P (2011) Ongoing global biodiversity loss and the need to move beyond protected areas: A review of the technical and practical shortcoming of protected areas on land and sea. Marine Ecology Progress Series 434, 251-266.

  • Mora C, Aburto-Oropeza O, Ayala A, Ayotte PM, Banks S, Bauman AG, Beger M, Bessudo S, Booth DJ, Brokovich E, Brooks A, Chabanet P, Cinner J, Cortés J, Cupul Magaña A, DeMartini E, Edgar GJ, Feary DA, Ferse SCA, Friedlander A, Gaston KJ, Gough C, Graham NAJ, Green A, Guzman H, Kulbicki M, Letourneur Y, López Pérez A, Loya Y, Martinez C, Mascareñas-Osorio I, Morove T, Nadon MO, Nakamura Y, Paredes G, Polunin N, Pratchett MS, Reyes Bonilla H, Rivera F, Sala E, Sandin S, Soler G, Stuart-Smith R, Tessier E, Tupper M, Usseglio P, Vigliola L, Wantiez L, Williams I, Wilson SK, Zapata FA. (2011) Global human footprint on the linkage between diversity and ecosystem functioning in reef fishes. PlosBiology 9: e1000606.

  • Mora C, Treml E, Robert J, Crosby K, Roy D, Tittensor DP. (2011) High connectivity among habitats precludes the relationship between dispersal and range size in tropical reef fishes. Ecography in press.

  • Mora C. (2011) Pueden las áreas protegidas del mundo revertir la pérdida de la biodiversidad? La respuesta rápida es NO! In Madrinan S, Sanchez, JA. (ed). Biodiversidad, Universidad de Los Andes Press. in press. (PDF)

  • Mora C. (2011) Effectiveness of the global network of marine protected areas. In Claudet J. (ed) Marine Protected Areas: A multidisciplinary approach, Cambridge University Press. p 334-346.

  • Tittensor D, Mora C, Jetz W, Lotze HK, Ricard D, vanden Berghe E, Worm B. (2010) Global patterns and predictors of marine biodiversity across taxa. Nature 466, 1098-1101.

  • Ward-Paige C, Mora C, Lotze H, McClenachan L. (2010) Large-scale absence of sharks on reefs in the Greater-Caribbean: A footprint of human population impacts. PlosOne 5, e11968.

  • Wielgus J, Balmford A, Lewis T, Mora C, Gerber L (2010) Coral reef quality and recreation fees in marine protected areas. Conservation Letters 3, 38-44.

  • Cordes EE, Cunha MR, Galeron J, Mora C, Roy K, Sibuet M, Van Gaever S, Vanreusel A, Levin L (2010) The influence of geological, geochemical, and biogenic habitat heterogeneity on seep biodiversity. Marine Ecology 31, 51-65.

  • Mora C. (2010) (2010) The effects of climate change on marine biodiversity. Journal of the Marine Biological Association 11, 22-23. (PDF)

  • Mora C, Myers R, Pitcher T, Zeller D, Watson G, Sumila R, Gaston K, Worm B (2009) Management effectiveness of the world's marine fisheries. PLoS Biology 7, e1000131.

  • Mora C. (2009) Degradation of Caribbean coral reefs: focusing on proximal rather than ultimate factors. Reply to Rogers. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. 276, 199-200.

  • Mora C. (2008) A clear human footprint in the coral reefs of the Caribbean. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. 275, 767-773.

  • Mora C, Tittensor D, Myers RA (2008) The completeness of taxonomic inventories for describing the global diversity and distribution of marine fishes. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. 275, 149-155.

  • Mora C, Tittensor D, Myers RA (2008) The completeness of taxonomic inventories for describing the global diversity and distribution of marine fishes. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. 275, 149-155.

  • Mora C, Metzker R, Rollo A, Myers RA (2007) Experimental simulations about the effects of habitat fragmentation and overexploitation on populations facing environmental warming. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. 274, 1023-1028.

  • Lubchenco J, Gaines S, Warner R, Palumbi S, Airame S….Mora C…(2007) The science of marine reserves booklet. Second edition. Pisco, California.

  • Mora C, Andréfouët S, Kranenburg S, Rollo A, Costello M, Veron J, Gaston KJ, Myers RA (2006) How protected are coral reefs? Science 314, 757-760.

  • Mora C, Andréfouët S, Costello M, Kranenburg S, Rollo A, Veron J, Gaston KJ, Myers RA (2006) Coral reefs and the global network of Marine Protected Areas. Science 312, 1750-1751.

  • Mora C, Maya MF (2006) Effect of the rate of temperature increase of the dynamic method on the heat tolerance of fishes. Journal of Thermal Biology 31, 337-341.

  • Mora C, Robertson D (2005). Causes of latitudinal gradients in species richness: a test with fishes of the Tropical Eastern Pacific. Ecology 86, 1771-1792.

  • Hogan D, Mora C (2005). Experimental assessment of the importance of swimming and drifting to the displacement of reef fish larvae. Marine Biology 147, 1213-1220.

  • Mora C, Robertson D (2005) Factors shaping the ranges size frequency distribution of fishes in the Tropical Eastern Pacific. Journal of Biogeography 32, 277-286.

  • Mora C (2004) The importance of dispersal in coral reef fishes. Ph.D. Dissertation.

  • Ospina AF, Mora C (2004) Effect of body size on the thermal tolerance of reef fishes. Environmental Biology of Fishes 70, 339-343.

  • Mora C, Chittaro P, Sale PF, Kritzer J, Ludsin S (2003) Patterns and processes in reef fish diversity. Nature 421, 933-936.

  • Mora C, Sale PF (2002) Are populations of coral reef fishes open or closed? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 17, 422-428.

  • Mora C, Ospina AF (2002) Experimental effects of cold, La Nina temperatures in the survival of reef fishes from Gorgona Island (Eastern Pacific Ocean). Marine Biology 141, 789-793.

  • Mora C, Zapata F (2002) Effects of a predatory fish on the abundance and body size of early post-settled reef fishes from Gorgona Island (Eastern Pacific). Proceedings of the 9th international Coral Reef Symposium, Bali, Indonesia. 1, 475-480.

  • Mora C, Ospina F. (2001) Thermal tolerance and potential impact of sea warming on reef fishes from Gorgona island (Eastern Pacific Ocean). Marine Biology 139, 765-769.

  • Mora C, Francisco V, Zapata F. (2001) Dispersal of juvenile and adult reef fishes associated with floating objects and their recruitment into Gorgona Island. Bulletin of Marine Science 68, 557-561.

  • Mora C. (2001) Dispersal of reef fishes by rafting. Reef Encounter 29, 16-17.

  • Mora C, Jimenez J, Zapata F (2000) Pontinus clemensi (Pisces: Scorpaenidae) at Malpelo island, Colombia. New specimen and geographic range extension. Bulletin of Marine and Coastal research 29, 85-88.