Ernesto Weil is a Full Professor at the Department of Marine Sciences, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. He is a biologist graduated at Universidad Central de Venezuela and holds a Ph. D. in Zoology from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the CARICOMP network program of Marine Laboratories, Vicepresident of the Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean, Co-PI in three long term projects, CRES-NOAA “Integrating Science and Management in the Caribbean” (2003-2007) and “Structure and dynamics of deep reefs in the south coast of Puerto Rico” (2006-2009), and the Coral Disease Working Group of the GEF-World Bank program on Coral Reef Targeted Research and Capacity Building (2005-2009). His main fields of research are coral reef biology and ecology.