Born and raised in South Texas, Mario calls the Lower Laguna Madre home. He has fished these waters since before he could remember and his passion for “a tight line” has only increased. “Not many people know how special our area is both culturally and biologically…so instilling my passion for fishing and a few bits of ‘nerdiness’ with my community is priceless”, says Mario.
Mario received his B.S. in Biology at the University of Texas Brownsville, and Master’s Degree in Biology at the University of Texas Brownsville focusing in Marine Biology/Ecology of Estuarine Systems. Mario is a NOAA Fellow in the Environmental Cooperative Science Center and is currently pursing his PhD in Environmental Science at Florida A&M University focusing on mercury transfer in marine food webs on the East Coast of the U.S. and National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERR) sites along the Gulf of Mexico. He has also done much research on the bay systems in South Texas and has also worked extensively with Sea Turtle Inc. on South Padre Island, TX with turtle conservation and rehabilitation. Mario ran the Brownsville,Texas Fishing’s Future Chapter for two-years before beginning his PhD.