Paulina Sepa

Marine Collections Auxiliary Assistant (MCCDRS) & Assistant to the Seamounts Project of the Galapagos Marine Reserve.

Paulina Sepa-Egas is a Galapagos biologist who graduated from the University of Guayaquil. During her bachelor’s degree studies, she also undertook internships at the Galapagos National Park Directorate (GNPD), at the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) as part of the Seamounts and Deep Ecosystems Project, from March-December 2019, and later at the Public Institute for Aquaculture and Fisheries Research (IPIAP) 2020-2021.

Paulina has authored and co-authored scientific publications, with a background in fisheries, ecology and technical management of marine species. In August 2021, she returned as a CDF research volunteer to support the Marine Natural History Collections (MCCDRS). Based on her experience working in fisheries and taxonomy by February 2022 she was hired as a technician to work with the MCCDRS supporting Ichthyological collections. In addition, she is also a research assistant to the Seamounts and Deep Ecosystems Project, participating in fieldwork and data analysis which support the first characterizing of deep-sea habitats and their biodiversity. Her professional goal is to continue conducting research that contributes knowledge and generates results that encourage conservation and sustainable management within the Galapagos Marine Reserve.


Sepa, P., Coello, D., Herrera, M., & Zambrano, R. (2021). Length-weight relationship of four deep-sea chondrichthyans (Elasmobranchii & Holocephali) in Ecuadorian oceanic waters. The Egyptian Journal of Aquatic Research, 1–3.

Buglass, S., Nagy, S., Ebert, D., Sepa, P., Turchik, A., Bell, K. L. C., Rivera, F., & Giddens, J. (2020). First records of the seven-gilled Notorynchus cepedianus and six-gilled Hexanchus griseus sharks (Chondrichthyes: Hexanchiformes: Hexanchidae) found in the Galápagos Marine Reserve. Journal of Fish Biology, 97(3), 926–929.


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