Alejandro   Fierro Cabo

Assistant Professor  

Office: BLHSB 1.828
Phone: (956) 882-5063
Email: Alejandro.Fierrocabo@utrgv.edu

Dr. Alejandro Fierro Cabo

Specializes in Restoration Ecology in aquatic and terrestrial systems, and in developing ecological indicators . Former professor at Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas. Former Director Department of the Environment, City of Tampico. Fluent languages Spanish, French, English.





Selected Publications


  • Alejandro Fierro-Cabo and Carlos Cintra-Buenrostro. "Fish assemblage structure indicates limited restoration progress over a lustrum of a severely degraded estuary in southern Tamaulipas, México," Environment and Ecology Research 5, no. 4 (April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2017): 312-324.

  • Leticia Contreras, Alejandro Fierro-Cabo, and Carlos Cintra-Buenrostro. "Early drivers of Black Mangrove (Avicennia germinans) leaf litter decomposition in the water column," Hydrobiologia (April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2017).

  • Monica Delgado, Carlos Cintra-Buenrostro, and Alejandro Fierro-Cabo. "Decomposition and nitrogen dynamics of turtle grass (Thalassia testudinum) in a subtropical estuarine system.," Wetlands Ecology and Management (April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2017).

  • Leticia Contreras, Alejandro Fierro-Cabo, and Carlos Cintra-Buenrostro. "Decomposition of black mangrove (Avicennia germinans) leaf litter: calibrating estuarine indicators of functional recovery," Proceedings of the 8th Biennial Education and Science Forum, NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions. NOAA, November 2016.

  • Mario Marquez, Alejandro Fierro-Cabo, and Carlos Cintra-Buenrostro. "Can ecosystem functional recovery be traced to decomposition and nitrogen dynamics in estuaries of the Lower Laguna Madre, Texas?," Restoration Ecology 25, no. 4 (November 2016): 618-628.

  • Alejandro Fierro-Cabo. "Coyotes as super seed dispersers are keystone species in the fragmented habitat of the lower Rio Grande Valley," Society for Ecological Restoration Texas Chapter, 24, March 2016.

  • Alejandro Fierro-Cabo and August Rentfro. "First record of the african house gecko (Hemidactylus mabouia Moreau de Jonnès, 1818) in Texas: is an earlier gecko invader about to be displaced ?," Bioinvasions Records. International Journal of Field Research on Biological Invasions 3, no. 4 (October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2014): 309-312.

  • Piedad Mayagoitia-Gonzalez, Alejandro Fierro-Cabo, Raul Valdez, Mark Andersen, David Cowley, and Robert Steiner. "Habitat use of the neotropical otter (Lontra longicaudis) and human attitudes in southern Tamaulipas, Mexico," Therya 4, no. 2 (August 2013): 243-256.

  • Refugio Castro-Grajales, Alejandro Fierro-Cabo, Sergio Jimenez-Hernandez, and Luis Zavala-Guerrero. "Evaluación ambiental de la línea de costa de Tamaulipas usando un método rápido de campo," Proceedings ASOCEAN: XV Congreso Nacional de Oceanografía. ASOCEAN, no. 1 2010.

  • Alejandro Fierro and Alfredo Vite. "Plants and salt," El Valle, the Rio Grande delta. Brownsville, Texas: Gorgas Science Foundation, no. 1 2010.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • David Hicks. NOAA Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems, NOAA , $2,975,000.00 (August 2016 - August 2021)

  • Alejandro Fierro. Sabal Palm Forest Restoration Research at The Nature Conservancy Southmost Preserve , The Nature Conservancy, $103,833.00 (June 1, 2017 - May 31, 2020)

  • David Hicks. A regional ecosystem approach for the conservation and sustainable management of coastal and marine resources, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Florida A&M University, Lead Institution, $15,000,000.00 (September 1, 2011 - August 31, 2016)

  • Jude Benavides. Resaca Rangers: Establishing a School-based Network to Monitor Ecosystem Health of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Resacas and Estuaries , NOAA, $99,402.00 (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2016)

  • Alejandro Fierro. Key plant-animal interactions in the natural propagation of sabal palm (Sabal mexicana) and the conservation of palm forests in Texas and Tamaulipas, CSMT, $7,400.00 (January 2014 - January 2015)

  • Alejandro Fierro. Amphibian and Reptile Monitoring at Palo Alto National Historical Park, Gulf Coast Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, $9,536.00 (January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2014)

  • Alejandro Fierro. Frances Rusteberg Faculty Fellowship, UTB, (November 2012 - November 2013)

  • Alejandro Fierro. Environmental assessment and monitoring of Garrapatas estuary, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Iberdrola Energía Altamira, $48,000.00 (2007 - 2010)

  • Alejandro Fierro. Wetlands assessment and monitoring of conservation/degradation status in Altamira Industrial Port, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Puerto Industrial de Altamira, $105,000.00 (2006 - 2010)

  • Alejandro Fierro. Ecological assessment of a rehabilitating estuary: developing an integrative tool for evaluating conservation status and sustainability of coastal wetlands, PROMEP-SEP (Mexico), $40,000.00 (2006 - 2008)



Selected Presentations


  • Sally Camacho, Shelby Bauer, Tianna Picquet, and Alejandro Fierro-Cabo. "Browsing effects of nilgai antelope on mangroves along the lower Laguna Madre," UTRGV Engaged Scholar Symposium, UTRGV, Brownsville, TX (April 2017)

  • Leticia Contreras, Alejandro Fierro-Cabo, Carlos Cintra-Buenrostro, David Hicks, Crystal Martinez, Claudia Tamez, and Mario Marquez. "Ecosystem functional and structural characteristics affected by freshwater inflow in negative estuaries," Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), Honolulu, Hawaii (February 2017)

  • Alejandro Fierro-Cabo. "Looking for disturbance effects and indicators in the estuarine lagoon system of the lower Laguna Madre," NOAA-ECSC Webinar Series, NOAA, webinar (February 2017)

  • Leticia Contreras, Alejandro Fierro-Cabo, and Carlos Cintra-Buenrostro. "Calibrating estuarine indicators of functional recovery derived from mangrove leaf litter decay," 21th Annual Conference Meeting Society for Ecological Restoration Texas Chapter, Society for Ecological Restoration Texas Chapter, Livingston, TX (November 2016)

  • Alejandro Fierro-Cabo. "Thorn forest restoration in south Texas: the need for a ‘novel ecosystem’ approach at the landscape level," 21th Annual Conference Meeting Society for Ecological Restoration Texas Chapter, Society for Ecological Restoration Texas Chapter, Livingston, TX (November 2016)

  • Mario Marquez, Stefany Salinas, Buford Lessley, Alejandro Fierro-Cabo, Carlos Cintra-Buenrostro, and Charles Jagoe. "Evaluation of mercury concentrations in harvestable-sized fish from freshwater resacas in south Texas, USA," 7th World Congress Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Orlando, FL (November 2016)

  • Leticia Contreras, Alejandro Fierro-Cabo, and Carlos Cintra-Buenrostro. "Decomposition of black mangrove (Avicennia germinans) leaf litter: calibrating estuarine indicators of functional recovery," 8th Biennial Education and Science Forum, NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions, New York, NY (August 2016)

  • Leticia Contreras, Alejandro Fierro-Cabo, and Carlos Cintra-Buenrostro. "Early drivers of black mangrove (Avicennia germinans) leaf litter decomposition in the water column," 4th International Mangrove and Macrobenthos Meeting, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, St Augustine, FL (July 2016)

  • Adriana Rodriguez, Leticia Contreras, and Alejandro Fierro-Cabo. "Assessing the effects of temperature and salinity on the decomposition of black mangrove (Avicennia germinans) leaf litter," UTRGV Engaged Scholar Symposium, UTRGV, Brownsville, TX (April 2016)

  • Angelica Tamayo, Marshall McCollum, and Alejandro Fierro-Cabo. "First report of introduced nilgai antelope feeding on native black mangrove in lower Laguna Madre," UTRGV Engaged Scholar Symposium, UTRGV, Brownsville, TX (April 2016)

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