Octavio Aburto

National Geographic grantee and photographer Octavio Aburto focuses his photographic outreach and scientific research on the conservation of marine habitats and fisheries. He has been photographing marine ecosystems off the coastal waters of Mexico since 1994, and also works in Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and the United States. An assistant professor at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Octavio collaborated with National Geographic’s Pristine Seas project to establish a national park that protects 5% of Mexican seas, making it the largest marine reserve in North America.