Maria Lourdes ‘Deng’ Palomares

DengSenior Scientist
Sea Around Us

PhD, Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Toulouse (Institut National Polytéchnique de Toulouse, France)


Research Interests

Application of well-known theories in fish and fisheries biology as tools to test hypotheses and/or generate knowledge from ‘big data’ repositories. This is in line with the improvement and maintenance of global marine biodiversity information systems, FishBase and SeaLifeBase, which support the Sea Around Us catch database with key data on life history, geographic range, habitat and ecology for all exploited marine species.

Use of anecdotes from ancient voyages and expeditions by naturalists to help extend temporal trends (in species occurrence and volume or in the species composition of some ecosystems of interest) back in time at least to the 19th Century. This might help establish baselines, potentially going back 100 years, notably in understanding the exploitation of some important species groups like fishes and marine mammals.

Investigation of assembled traditional ecological knowledge associated with common names of fish and marine organisms in different languages and cultures and how this can inform or extend information for data-poor species and species groups. Traditional knowledge by fisher communities may help in providing insights, for example, to the spawning and migration behaviours of some species, which may still have escaped scientific scrutiny.


Maria Lourdes ‘Deng’ Palomares is a Senior Scientist with the Sea Around Us Project in charge of the Sea Around Us catch databases. Deng also handles issues related to FishBase, an information system for the world’s fishes and is the Project Coordinator for SeaLifeBase, an information system patterned after FishBase for the world’s marine organisms other than fish. Deng was appointed by the Board of the FishBase Information and Research Group (FIN, Philippine NGO administrating FishBase and SeaLifeBase) as Associate Scientific Director in September 2012. Deng was appointed by the FishBase Consortium (a partnership of 10 international institutions) as its Coordinator in September 2015. Originally from the Philippines, Deng obtained her PhD from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Toulouse (France) in 1991 and worked with the FishBase Project as its Database Scientist at the International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (Manila, Philippines) for 10 years before joining the Sea Around Us Project in 2001.

Contact Information

Office phone: (604) 822-0218

Sea Around Us
FishBase Information and Research Group, Inc. (FIN)

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Selected Publications:

Palomares, MLD, Pauly, D. Editors. 2016. SeaLifeBase. World Wide Web electronic publication., version (01/2016).

Palomares, MLD, Tran, LD, Coghlan, AR, Sheedy, J, Cheung, W, Lam, V, Pauly, D. 2015. Taxon distributions. In: D. Pauly and D. Zeller (eds). Catch reconstructions: concepts, methods and data sources. Online Publication. Sea Around Us ( University of British Columbia. [updated in May 2016].

Palomares, M.L.D., and D. Pauly (Editors) 2015. Marine fisheries catches of SubAntarctic Islands, 1950 to 2010. Fisheries Centre Research Reports 23(1). Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia [ISSN 1198-6727]. 45 p.

Palomares, MLD, Bimbao, MAP. 2015. FishBase and SeaLifeBase for Teaching and Research in Aquatic Science. Proceedings of the 13th FishBase Symposium held at the Havaner Auditorium, Chandler Hall, IRRI, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines, 1 September 2015. FishBase Information and Research Group. Philippines, 44 p.

Palomares, M.L.D., E. Taylor and D. Pauly (Editors) 2014. Big old data and shiny new insights: using FishBase for research. Book of Abstracts. 12th FishBase Symposium, Beaty Museum of Biodiversity. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Sea Around Us Project, Fisheries Centre. The University of British Columbia: Vancouver, 98 p.

Palomares, M.L.D., and D. Pauly. 2014. Philippine Marine Fisheries Catches: A Bottom-up Reconstruction, 1950 to 2010. The Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Fisheries Centre Research Reports 22(1), 171 p.

Palomares MLD, Harper S, Zeller D and Pauly D, editors (2012) The marine biodiversity and fisheries catches of the Kermadec island group. A report prepared for the Global Ocean Project of the Pew Environment Group. University of British Columbia, Vancouver. 47 p.

Palomares MLD, Chaitanya D, Harper S, Zeller D and Pauly D (2011) The marine biodiversity and fisheries catches of the Pitcairn Group. A report prepared for the Global Ocean Legacy project of the Pew Environment Group by the Sea Around Us Project, Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. 42 p.

Palomares, M.L.D., Bailly, N. 2011. Organizing and disseminating marine biodiversity information: the FishBase and SeaLifeBase story. In: Christensen, V., Maclean, J. (eds.), Ecosystem Approaches to Fisheries. A Global Perspective, pp. 24-46. Cambridge University Press, New York.

Palomares, M.L.D., Pauly, D., 2011. Documenting the marine biodiversity of Belize through FishBase and SeaLifeBase. In: Palomares, M.L.D., Pauly, D. (eds.), Too Precious to Drill: the Marine Biodiversity of Belize, pp. 78-106. Fisheries Centre Research Reports 19(6). Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Palomares, M.L.D., Pauly, D. 2010. Marine Biodiversity of Southeast Asian and Adjacent Seas: Part 1. Fisheries Centre Research Reports 18(3). Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia [ISSN 1198-6727]. 96 p.

Palomares, M.L.D., Pauly, D. 2009. The growth of jellyfishes. Hydrobiologia 616(1): 11-21.

Palomares, M.L.D., Pauly, D. Editors. 2008. Von Bertalanffy Growth Parameters of Non-fish Marine Organisms. Fisheries Centre Research Reports 16(10). Fisheries Centre, UBC, Vancouver, Canada.

Pauly, D., Palomares, M.L.D. 2007. SeaLifeBase as a support system for modelling marine ecosystems. Abstracts, 6th European Conference on Ecological Modelling – ECEM ’07. Trieste, Italy, November 27-30, 2007, p. 18.

Palomares, M.L.D., Heymans, J.J., Pauly, D. 2007. Historical ecology of the Raja Ampat Archipelago, Papua Province, Indonesia. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 29: 33-56.

Palomares, M.L.D., Mohammed, E., Pauly, D. 2006. European expeditions as a source of historic abundance data on marine organisms: a case study of the Falkland Islands. Environmental History 11 (October 2006): 835-847.

Palomares, M.L.D., Stergiou, K.I., Pauly, D. Editors. 2006. Fishes in databases and ecosystems. Proceedings of the 4th FishBase Mini-Symposium. Fisheries Centre Research Reports 14(4), Fisheries Centre, UBC, Vancouver, BC, 95 p.

Pauly, D., Palomares, M.L.D. 2005. Fishing down marine food webs: it is far more pervasive than we thought. Bulletin of Marine Science 76(2):197-211.

Palomares, M.L.D., Pauly, D. 2004. Biodiversity of Namibian waters: a review of currently available information, p. 53-74. In: U.R. Sumaila, D. Boyer, M.D. Skogen and S. I. Steinshamn (Eds.) Ecological, economic and social aspects of Namibian fisheries. Eburon Academic Publishers. Delft, Netherlands.

Palomares, M.L.D., Pauly, D. Editors. 2004. Northwest African marine ecosystems: models and fisheries impacts. Fisheries Centre Research Report 12(7). Fisheries Centre, UBC, Vancouver. 209 p.

Palomares, M.L.D. 2004. Historic expeditions and scientific surveys: an online database on short narratives, biographies, specimens and abundance anecdotes of historic expeditions and modern scientific surveys.

Palomares, M.L.D., Pauly, D. 2001. Common names in FishBase: key to more information on fish, p. 116-118. In: E. Feoli and C.E. Nauen (Eds.). Proceedings of the INCO-DEV International Workshop on Information Systems for Policy and Technical Support in Fisheries and Aquaculture. ACP-EU Fisheries Research Report No 8. ACP-EU Fisheries Research Initiative. Brussels, Belgium.

Froese, R., Palomares, M.L.D. 2000. Growth, length-weight relationship, maximum length and length at first maturity of the coelacanth, Latimeria chalumnae. Environ. Biol. Fishes 58:45-52.

Pauly, D., Christensen, V., Froese, R., Palomares, M.L.D. 2000. Fishing down aquatic food webs. American Scientist 88:46-51.

Palomares, M.L.D., Pauly, D. 2000. The local knowledge database, p. 46-48. In: R. Froese and D. Pauly (Eds.) FishBase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources. ICLARM, Manila, Philippines. [See; also in FishBase 99, 98, 97 and 96].

Palomares, M.L.D., Pauly, D. 1998. Predicting the food consumption of fish populations as functions of mortality, food type, morphometrics, temperature and salinity. Mar. Freshw. Res. 49(5):447-453.

Palomares, M.L.D., Froese, R., Pauly, D. 1993. On traditional knowledge, fish and databases: a call for contributions. SPC Traditional Marine Resource Management and Knowledge Information Bulletin 2:17-19.

Palomares, M.L.D., Pauly, D. 1989. A multiple regression model for predicting the food consumption of marine fish populations. Austr. J. Mar. Freshwat. Res. 40(3):259-284.

Pauly, D., Moreau, J., Palomares, M.L.D. 1988. Detritus and energy consumption and conversion efficiency of Sarotherodon melanotheron (Cichlidae) in a West African lagoon. J. Appl. Ichthyol. 4:150-153.

Pauly, D., Palomares, M.L.D. 1987. Shrimp consumption by fish in Kuwait waters: a methodology, preliminary results and their implications for management and research. Kuwait Bull. Mar. Sci. (9):101-125.

Palomares, M.L.D., Muck, P., Mendo, J., Chuman, E., Gomez, O., Pauly, D. 1987. Growth of the Peruvian anchoveta (Engraulis ringens), 1953 to 1982, p. 117-141. In: D. Pauly and I. Tsukayama (Eds.) The Peruvian anchoveta and its upwelling ecosystem: three decades of change. ICLARM Studies and Reviews 15.

Tsukayama, I., Palomares, M.L.D. 1987. Monthly catch and catch composition of Peruvian anchoveta (Engraulis ringens) (Northern-Central stock, 4-14°S), 1953 to 1982, p. 89-108. In: D. Pauly and I. Tsukayama (Eds.) The Peruvian anchoveta and its upwelling ecosystem: three decades of change. ICLARM Studies and Reviews 15.

Palomares, M.L.D. 1985. Developing countries dominate the shrimp scene. ICLARM Newsletter 8(3):3-5.


In 2015, Deng was invited to be one of the Specialty Chief Editors of the open access journal, Frontiers in Marine Science section on Marine Fisheries, Aquaculture and Living Resources. She is also one of the associate editors of the section’s Research Topic on “Historical reconstructions of marine fisheries catches: challenges and opportunities”.

SCUBA diver who experiments with underwater photography. Speaks French and Tagalog fluently, and with working knowledge of Spanish. Volunteers with the Science World’s ‘Meet a Scientist Program’ and is a friend of Mundus Maris (