Why did you decide to become a professor?
I love science and academia has given me an immense freedom to explore the topics that interest me. Becoming a professor has allowed me to maintain a profession driven by curiosity while modestly contributing to solving pressing problems. I feel extremely lucky for that.
What do you like most about your work?
Many things, but I mostly enjoy facing intellectual challenges in collaboration with students. I also find applied science to be very rewarding because you can direct all your efforts to solving current problems. Particularly in my case, I find it very gratifying to work directly with fishers and fishing organizations.
If you could have any amount of funding to conduct research, what would you do, and why?
Tough question, there are many things that interest me. I think that currently my focus would be on developing a research station entirely dedicated to the impact of climate change on food security and fisheries.
How would you describe SMEA students?
I am new to the department, so I’m sure I’m yet to discover many wonderful things about the student body. So far, I’ve noticed that SMEA students are driven by a true passion for the environment, which I can tell results on self-motivated and proactive collaborators. I’ve also enjoyed seeing the large diversity of student backgrounds, which I believe brings many different perspectives to projects, class discussions and departmental initiatives. I am particularly amazed by the student’s efforts to improve SMEA diversity efforts. I believe that their capacity for organization has been truly remarkable.
What advice would you give to students who are considering studying at SMEA?
I would say two things: 1) Enjoy your masters. It will go by really fast and it will be one of the bests experiences of your life. 2) Focus. You will find many amazing opportunities when you join SMEA and it will be hard to pick. Try to stay connected with what truly motivates you and the things you want to do after you graduate.
What is your favorite form of marine life, and why?
Sperm whales. I find them particularly fascinating due to their adaptations as predators and divers.
Learn more about Professor Aceves Bueno by visiting her faculty page.