Carlos Cintra-Buenrostro

Dr. Cintra gathering thoughts at Cheniers in the Colorado River Delta (photo credit: K. Flessa)

Professor
School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences
Joint appointment: Department of Biology


 (956) 882-5746
 Port Isabel
carlos.cintra@utrgv.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Education

2006 Ph.D. Geosciences (Marine Paleoecology), University of Arizona
2000 M.S. Marine Sciences (Marine Ecology), Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, Moss Landing (SJSU), CA
1997 B.S. Marine Biology, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur

Areas of Interest

Biotic response to environmental change, habitat restoration, stable isotopes, artificial reef monitoring and development, biogeography, ecology, evolution, taxonomy and paleontology of marine organisms (mainly echinoderms, molluscs, corals and fishes).

Research Overview

Since 2007 I have been monitoring and evaluating the placement of artificial reefs (AR’s) starting with the sinking of the Texas Clipper and now currently monitoring four existing AR’s and testing the placement of a new AR soon to be deployed; throughout such monitoring and evaluation the AR’s performance as physical structure with its inherent biological and socioeconomic processes allows for integral approach to program managerial and enhancement actions. For the last six-seven years I have also been involved in the restoration efforts of Bahia Grande focusing on ecosystem structure and function to evaluate its potential recovery using different tools (i.e. stable isotopes, C:N dynamics, community structure).

Recent Publications

  • Gil-Agudelo, D.L., C.E. Cintra-Buenrostro, J. Brenner, P. González-Díaz, W. Kiene, C. Lustic, and H. Pérez-España. 2020. Coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico large marine ecosystem: conservation status, challenges, and opportunities. Frontiers in Marine Science 6: 807 DOI 10.3389/fmars.2019.00807.
  • Cintra-Buenrostro, C.E., and J.E. Cifuentes-Lujan. 2019. Predation of Eastern Cottontail Rabbit (Sylvilagus floridanus) by Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias). Bulletin of the Texas Ornithological Society 52 (1-2): 17-20.
  • Flessa, K.W., L.E. Calderon, C.E. Cintra-Buenrostro, D.L. Dettman, G.P. Dietl, D.H. Goodwin, D.K. Jacobs, M. Kowalewski, S.M. Nelson, K. Rowell, B.R. Schöne, J.A. Smith, and F. Zamora-Arroyo. 2019. Comment on Rojas-Bracho and colleagues (2019): unsubstantiated claims can lead to tragic conservation outcomes. BioScience 69: 321-322 DOI 10.1093/biosci/biz021.
  • Flessa, K.W., L. Calderon-Aguilera, C.E. Cintra-Buenrostro, D.L. Dettman, G.P. Dietl, D.H. Goodwin, D.K. Jacobs, M. Kowalewski, S.M. Nelson, K. Rowell, B.R. Schöne, J.A. Smith, and F. Zamora-Arroyo. 2019. Vaquita face extinction from bycatch. Comment on Manjarrez-Bringas, N. et al., Lessons for sustainable development: marine mammal conservation policies and its social and economic effects. Sustainability 2018, 10, 2185. Sustainability 11: 2161 DOI 10.3390/su11072161.
  • Froehlich, C.Y.M., A.M. Lee, R. Oquita, C.E. Cintra-Buenrostro, J.D. Shively, and J.B. Shipley. 2018. A comparison of population dynamics from Red Snapper associated with inshore and offshore artificial reefs in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico. In: Bortone S.A. (Ed.). Marine artificial reef research and development: integrating fisheries management objectives. American Fisheries Society, USA.
  • Lee, A.M., C.E. Cintra-Buenrostro, and J.D. Shively. 2018. Investigating reproductive characteristics of Gray Triggerfish on three artificial reefs in the northwest Gulf of Mexico. In: Bortone S.A. (Ed.). Marine artificial reef research and development: integrating fisheries management objectives. American Fisheries Society, USA.
  • Contreras, L., A. Fierro-Cabo and C.E. Cintra-Buenrostro. (2017). Early drivers of black mangrove (Avicennia germinans) leaf litter decomposition in the water column. Hydrobiologia. DOI 10.1007/s10750-017-3167-6.
  • Delgado, M., C.E. Cintra-Buenrostro and A. Fierro-Cabo. (2017). Decomposition and nitrogen dynamics of turtle grass (Thalassia testudinum) in a subtropical estuarine system. Wetlands Ecology and management. DOI 10.1007/s11273-017-9543-1.
  • Marquez, M.A., A. Fierro-Cabo and C.E. Cintra-Buenrostro. (2016). Can ecosystem functional recovery be traced to decomposition and nitrogen dynamics in estuaries of the Lower Laguna Madre, Texas? Restoration Ecology. DOI 10.1111/rec.12469.
  • Cintra-Buenrostro, C. (2012). Would predatory drillhole frequency on Chione spp. increase under the suggested climate change scenario? Comparing Pleistocene and Modern rhodolith beds. International Journal of Modern Botany 2(4), 103-107. DOI 10.5923/j.ijmb.20120204.07.
  • Cintra-Buenrostro, C., K. Flessa, and D. Dettman. (2012). Restoration flows for the Colorado River Estuary, México: estimates from oxygen isotopes in the bivalve mollusk Mulinia coloradoensis (Mactridae: Vivalvia). Wetland Ecology & Management 20(4), 313-327. DOI 10.1007/s11273-012-9255-5

Courses

MARS 3320 - Marine Biogeochemistry
EEMS 6320 - Biogeochemistry (co-teach)
BIOL/ESCI 5370 - Topics in Biology/Environmental Sciences: Oceanography
BIOL/ESCI 5170 - Topics in Biology/Environmental Sciences: Oceanography Lab.
BIOL/ESCI 5370 - Topics in Biology/Environmental Sciences: Predator-Prey Interactions
ESCI 5370 - Topics in Environmental Sciences: Stable Isotopes in Ecology
BIOL/ESCI/ENVR 4370 - Topics in Biology/Environmental Sciences: Predator-Prey Interactions
BIOL 3309 - Ecology
ENVR 4370 - Topics in Environmental Sciences: Stable Isotopes in Ecology
ENVR 4370 - Topics in Environmental Sciences: Marine Biology
GEOL 1304 - Historical Geology
GEOL 1104 - Historical Geology Lab.
GEOL 1303 - Physical Geology
ESCI/ENVR/GEOL 2355 - Natural Disasters
ENVR/GEOL 3405 - Oceanography
ENVR 4303 - Environmental Science Research Project
BIOL 6305 - Biometry

UTRGV Faculty Profile