Alejandro Molina, Ph.D.

Alejandro Molina

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Post-Doctoral Research Associate-QFC
Quantitative Fisheries Center


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Ph.D. - Wildlife Ecology, The University of Maine, 2020
M.S. - Ecology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2015
B.S. - Biology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2012


I grew up in Mexico City, Mexico. Growing up, I was always interested in science, and in biology. I studied Biology at UNAM, where I was able to to pursue research opportunities in animal population dynamics. I later obtained my M.S. in Ecology at UNAM by researching the evolution of matrotrophy in viviparous fishes. After my time at UNAM, I obtained my Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Maine. My dissertation focused on the movement and survival of Atlantic salmon smolts. I then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, working on the responses of larval fish communities to restoration projects.


I am a freshwater fisheries ecologist interested in the intersection of theoretical and applied science. I use a combination field work, laboratory work, and analytical tools (e.g., modeling and simulation) in order to answer interesting and complex questions. Currently, I am working with Dr. Travis Brenden and the GLATOS team on developing spatially explicit survival models for fisheries data obtained via acoustic telemetry. These models will be able to be used globally on multiple systems to estimate survival.

Selected Publications:

  1. Molina-Moctezuma, A., Ellis, E., Kapuscinski, K. L., Roseman, E. F., Heatlie, T., & Moerke, A.
    (2021). Restoration of rapids habitat in a Great Lakes connecting channel, the St. Marys River, Michigan. Restoration Ecology, 29(1), e13310.
  2. Molina-Moctezuma, A., Godby, N., Kapuscinski, K. L., Roseman, E. F., Skubik, K., & Moerke, A. (2021). Response of fish assemblages to restoration of rapids habitat in a Great Lakes connecting channel. Journal of Great Lakes Research.
  3. Molina‐Moctezuma, A., Hernández‐Rosas, A. L., & Zúñiga‐Vega, J. J. (2020). Resource availability and its effects on mother to embryo nutrient transfer in two viviparous fish species. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological and Integrative Physiology, 333(3), 181–193.
  4. Molina‐Moctezuma, A., Peterson, E., & Zydlewski, J. D. (2021). Movement, Survival, and Delays of Atlantic Salmon Smolts in the Piscataquis River, Maine, USA. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 150(3), 345–360.
  5. Molina-Moctezuma, A., Zúñiga-Vega, J. J., & Espinosa-Pérez, H. (2013). Mortality rates in two populations of the viviparous fish Poeciliopsis baenschi (Teleostei: Poeciliidae). Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad, 84(3), 994–998.
  6. Molina‐Moctezuma, A., & Zydlewski, J. (2020). An interactive decision‐making tool for evaluating biological and statistical standards of migrating fish survival past hydroelectric dams. River Research and Applications, 36(7), 1024–1032.