Elva Escobar-Briones graduated in Hydrobiology from the Universidad Metropolitana in Mexico City in 1981 and continued her graduate studies in Biological Oceanography at the Graduate Program in Marine Sciences at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) obtaining a M. in Sc. degree in 1984 and a Ph. D. degree in 1987. Currently she has a Full time Permanent Professor status, is a National Researcher SNI II and is in charge of the Biodiversity and Macroecology laboratory, from the Ocean and Coastal Academic Unit in the Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnologia (ICML), Ciudad Universitaria, UNAM. She is responsible for the Comarge and Chess CoML projects in the Caribbean region. The research activities undertaken by Dr. Escobar and her students include the study of tropical deep sea benthic communities where the field work is carried on board UNAM's Research Vessel "Justo Sierra", or in collaboration with international institutions where sediment samples are collected to assess the community structure and function of the benthic fauna. In collaboration studies have allowed to analyze species richness and ecology aspects of seep communities the abyssal Gulf of Mexico. Her area of expertise includes systematics and biology of benthic crustaceans and community function models using stable isotopes.