While our Dive Center helps you discover what’s below the blue line, our Research Center works to restore the biodiversity of the Caribbean Sea at a time where urgent action is needed.

TAKATA Research Center is an NGO specializing in marine ecology, sustainable coastal management and public awareness. Our organization ensures its work is based on an effective collaboration with the local community and government. Our staff is qualified in ecology, environmental management, and wildlife conservation.

At TAKATA Research Center, our work is organized around three main axes:

  • Ecosystem conservation
  • Environmental management
  • Environmental education

Our Research & Conservation activities are divided into a variety of programs and projects, which are open to interns from universities around the world. We also welcome volunteers throughout the year.

As an active member of the scientific community, our Research Center offers open access to collected data as well as research results. We have a collection of scientific publications created by our researchers and interns. 

Our interactive web map is a scientific tool that displays the health conditions of a variety of study sites in order to share our research with the local community and the world. 

We believe in a fairer world, where human activities do not negatively impact nature. This world and generation is ready for a change that involves a new healthy way of interacting with our planet. Our collective efforts and actions will help to restore and help protect our ecosystems. Each of us should aspire to contribute to creating a healthy and sustainable future, where the importance and fragility of our environment is understood, respected and valued.

The mission: Protecting marine biodiversity through education, research and conservation.

The vision: Creating a sustainable community to ensure the future of our oceans.

The areas of intervention for TAKATA Research Center are organized around the following goals: endangered wildlife and habitat conservation; restoration of key ecosystems; enhancement of social & environmental awareness while creating ambassadors for the underwater world; and implementation of a sustainable coastal development.

~ Cassiopea ~

Co-Founder, Research Center Director,

PADI Ambassadiver & Divemaster

Our Research Center Director, Cassiopea, graduated with a BA in Public Affairs and International Relations and earned a double MA in Biology and Environmental Management from Sherbrooke University, Quebec before going on to establish TAKATA Research Center in 2016. Her vision for the Research Center is to create a model of sustainable coastal development where human activities do not negatively impact nature and the oceans. Cassiopea works closely with the local community in Mahahual and leads a diverse program of research relating to ocean and coastal ecosystems conservation, with visiting interns and collaborators from all over the world.

~ Juliana ~

Project Manager, PADI Divemaster

Juliana graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Biological Science, majoring in Ecology and Wildlife Conservation from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Towards the end of her degree, she spent time doing marine research on Heron Island, in the southern Great Barrier Reef in Australia. This experience motivated her to continue research in the areas of marine biology and conservation, which led her to TAKATA Research Center. Juliana is a PADI Divemaster and holds a Coral Reef Restoration Certificate from The Nature Conservancy and the Reef Resilience Network. She directs our coral monitoring and restoration program and instructs our coastal ecology program.

~ Andres ~

Scientific Collaborator, PADI Instructor

Andres is currently working towards a PhD in environmental sciences at the Institut de Sciences de l’Environnement at Université du Québec à Montréal. He holds a Bachelor´s degree in Anthropology from Université de Montréal, as well as a graduate degree in Environmental Education and a Master´s in Environmental Science from Université du Québec à Montréal. Born in Peru, he has conducted research regarding the (cosmo)politics of indigenous territoriality in the Peruvian Amazon and currently works in environmental conservation in the Magdelan Islands archipelago (Quebec). He also coordinates a political ecology research project being conducted at Université du Québec à Montréal. A PADI Instructor, Andres created our Coastal Ecology Program for diving professionals and directs our Habitat Cartography  Project.

Our team of researchers and scientists at TAKATA Research Center collaborate with a number of universities in Mexico and abroad and we are also involved with initiatives on a local and regional level.

Interns pursuing undergraduate, postgraduate and masters studies join us from:

  • Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Mexico)
  • Université de Sherbrooke (Canada)
  • Université de Québec à Montréal (Canada)
  • McGill (Canada)
  • Cégep de Saint-Laurent (Canada)
  • Université Paris Descartes (France)
  • Université de Montpellier (France)
  • École supérieure d´agronomie de Toulouse (France)
  • Wageningen University (The Netherlands)
  • Holland University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands)
  • Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile)

We collaborate with researchers from:

  • Universidad de Quintana Roo
  • Healthy Reef Initiative (HRI)

We collaborate with a number of local organisations:

  • AAK Mahahual
  • Menos Plástico es fantástico en Mahahual
  • Mahahual Limpio