Nicolás L. Gutiérrez currently holds a position at the Marine Stewardship Council based in London, United Kingdom, where he conducts technical oversight of small-scale and developing world fisheries entering the certification program as well as policy and research projects designed to evaluate and improve accessibility and robustness of the MSC certification program. Gutiérrez has worked in management of both artisanal and industrial fisheries in Uruguay, U.S.A., Argentina, Galápagos Ecuador and Seychelles, and has taught several courses on marine conservation and fisheries stock assessment. Most recently, his research projects have focused on the interplay among ecological processes, fisheries management and co-management governance and in particular on what social-ecological attributes of fisheries are needed for a successful co-management. Through this research, he has designed and implemented several community-based data collection programs aimed at improving fishery resources information and empowering the local communities depending on them. He has published some of his work in numerous international journals including the prestigious journal Nature.
Gutiérrez received both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in biology and oceanography from the University of Uruguay in 2001 and 2004 respectively, where he worked on population dynamics of penguins and sea lions in the Antarctic Peninsula as well as in the development and assessment of a new scallop fishery in Uruguay. He is currently finalizing his Ph.D. in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences from the University of Washington focused on improving participatory stock assessment methods and analysing the benefits of community-based management in terms of social, economic and ecological attributes through simulation, specific study cases and meta-analysis. He has been the recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship, the Organization of American States – Initiative in Ecology Award and a National Science Foundation fellowship.