Cover picture: A close-up of the spines of a red urchin (Mesocentrotus franciscanus), taken at ~20 m depth on Calvert Island, British Columbia, Canada. Red urchins are generally known as a nearshore species and are associated with kelp forests or rocky reefs. This is one of the few species that spans its distribution along the entire northeastern Pacific, from Alaska (USA) to Baja California (Mexico), and it is thus considered a marine resource shared by 3 nations that demands international attention for its ecological and economic relevance (Photo: Aaron Galloway).

Published: 2020-12-18

Building bridges not walls: the past, present, and future of international collaboration and research in northwest Mexico

Julio Lorda, Rodrigo Beas-Luna, Luis Malpica-Cruz, Diana Steller, Brian Tissot, Héctor Reyes-Bonilla


A brief history of international meetings of the Western Society of Naturalists

Diana L Steller, Julio Lorda, Rodrigo Beas-Luna, Michael S Foster


Environmental drivers of fish community functional diversity in arid mangroves compared to a tropical estuary

Juan Ángel Payan-Alcacio, Gustavo De la Cruz-Agüero, Rodrigo Moncayo-Estrada


The biodiversity of fishes at the Islas Marías Biosphere Reserve, Mexico, as determined by baited remote underwater video

Brittany Tholan, Peter Carlson, JJ Adolfo Tortolero-Langarica, James T Ketchum, Abel Trejo-Ramírez, Erendira Aceves-Bueno, Jennifer E Caselle


Impacts of boat mooring disturbance on productivity and respiration in rhodolith beds from Catalina Island, USA

Dillon Dolinar, Diana Steller, Scott Gabara, Billie Beckley, Ju-Hyoung Kim, Matthew Edwards


Complete mitochondrial genome of the California halibut, Paralichthys californicus

Carmen E Vargas-Peralta, Claudia Farfán, Fabiola Lafarga-De La Cruz, Benjamín Barón-Sevilla, Miguel A Del Río-Portilla


Fish assemblages at mesophotic depths in the Pacific: a comparison between continental and oceanic islands of Mexico

Manuel F Velasco-Lozano, Georgina Ramírez-Ortiz, Héctor Reyes-Bonilla, Jordan A Hollarsmith


The effects of depth and diet on red abalone growth and survival in cage mariculture at San Jeronimo Island, Baja California, Mexico

Jeremie Bauer, Julio Lorda, Rodrigo Beas-Luna, Luis Malpica-Cruz, Fabiola Lafarga-De la Cruz, Fiorenza Micheli, Ricardo Searcy-Bernal, Laura Rogers-Bennett, Miguel Bracamontes-Peralta