The Baja Dolphin Project es un proyecto de
AICMMARH, A.C., La Paz, Baja California Sur, México.

Dr. Marcin has been studying dolphins in the Ensenada and Bahía de La Paz for over 20 years. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Marine and Coastal Sciences from the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur.


We are supported by a dedicated staff and countless volunteers who have given their time and energy over the years.  We are especially grateful for the energetic support of our board of directors and program staff, including:

Board of Directors


Graciela Figueroa Merino
Biochemical Engineer
President of the Board


Cindy Janet Espinoza Rhotan
English Language Translator


Jorge Luis Sánchez Lucero
Zootechnical Engineer


Claudia del Carmen Hernández Pérez


Julio Armando Morales


Francisco Javier Marcín Medina

WHO WE ARE: Scientists and Citizens

The Baja Dolphin Project is part of the Association for Research and
Conservation of Marine Mammals (AICMMARH)
, a non-profit scientific 
organization based in La Paz, Mexico.

We are scientists, researchers, educators, and concerned citizens who are
dedicated to protecting the dolphins of the Sea of Cortez.  Through scientific
research, education, and advocacy, we work to defend the dolphins who
can't defend themselves.

We are a Mexican nonprofit organization, and we draw our staff and support from our home community of La Paz, Baja California Sur.  Environmental education and outreach is a big part of what we do.

We also have a very close working relationship with the sailboat cruising fleet of La Paz and the Sea of Cortez, and Club Cruceros de La Paz.  We appreciate the longstanding support of these Americans, Canadians, and Europeans who visit our waters in their own sailboats and often support our activities with their vessels, their time, and their donations.


Rocio Marcin, Ph.D.,
Lead Scientist,  Baja Dolphin Project
Executive Director AICMMARH

Dolphin biologist Dr. Marcin has focused her research on habitat use and critical habitats for Bottlenose dolphins.


She is particularly interested in dolphins' reactions to human stressors, and she has conducted dolphin behavior research since 1995.