Diego   F.  Figueroa

Assistant Professor  

Office: BLHSB 1.826
Phone: (956) 882-5982
Email: Diego.Figueroa@utrgv.edu

Dr. Diego F. Figueroa

Dr. Figueroa received his B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Alaska Southeast and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from Oregon State University.





Selected Publications


  • Diego Figueroa and Amy Baco. "Octocoral mitochondrial genomes provide insights into the phylogenetic history of gene order rearrangements, order reversals, and cnidarian phylogenetics," Genome biology and evolution 7, no. 1 (2015): 391–409.

  • Diego Figueroa and Amy Baco. "Complete mitochondrial genomes elucidate phylogenetic relationships of the deep-sea octocoral families Coralliidae and Paragorgiidae," Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 99, (2014): 83–91.

  • Diego Figueroa. "Phylogenetic analysis of Ridgewayia (Copepoda: Calanoida) from the Galapagos and of a new species from the Florida keys with a reevaluation of the phylogeny of Calanoida," Journal of Crustacean Biology 31, no. 1 (2011): 153–165.

  • Diego Figueroa. "Two New Calanoid Copepods from the Galapagos Islands: Pseudocyclops juanibali N. SP. and Pseudocyclops saenzi N. SP," Journal of Crustacean Biology 31, no. 4 (2011): 725–741.

  • Diego Figueroa. Zooplankton of the Galapagos Islands. 2010.

  • Diego Figueroa and Kellie Hoefel. "Description of two new species of Ridgewayia (Copepoda: Calanoida) from anchialine caves in the Galapagos Archipelago," Journal of Crustacean Biology 28, no. 1 (2008): 137–147.

  • Diego Figueroa. Distribution and abundance of coastal fish and macro-invertebrates in the Galapagos Islands. 2004.

  • E Espinoza and Diego Figueroa. "The role of sharks in the Galapagos Islands tourism industry," Informe interno Estacion Cientifica Charles Darwin. Islas Galapagos, Ecuador (2001).



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Diego Figueroa. Early Career Gulf Research Fellowship, National Academies of Science, $76,000.00 (2016 - 2018)

  • Diego Figueroa. Creating Resilience: Building a Gulf of Mexico NAKFI Alumni Working Group, The National Academies of Sciences, $25,000.00 (June 1, 2017 - December 30, 2018)

  • Diego Figueroa. Promoting Public Stewardship of the Deep Blue Sea Through Real-Time Interaction With a Mesophotic Reef, The National Academies of Sciences, $100,000.00 (June 1, 2017 - December 30, 2018)

  • Diego Figueroa. Faculty Research Council Award, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, $25,000.00 (2016 - 2017)

  • Diego Figueroa. The South Texas Banks Ecosystem: Oceanography, Biodiversity and Genetics, Texas Sea Grant Program, $179,027.00 (2015 - 2017)



Selected Presentations


  • Diego Figueroa and Samantha Silvestry. "Fine-scale vertical community structure of zooplankton at a mesophotic reef and adjacent shelf break in the Gulf of Mexico," 13th International Conference on Copepoda, World Association of Copepodologists, Los Angeles, California (July 2017)

  • Diego Figueroa, David Hicks, and Nicole Figueroa. "Phylogeography of an estuarine copepod, Acartia tonsa (Copepoda; Calanoida) from the Texas Gulf of Mexico," 13th International Conference on Copepoda, World Association of Copepodologists, Los Angeles, California (July 2017)

  • David Hicks, Linda Jordan, and Diego Figueroa. "Mesophotic fish communities of relic reefs off the South Texas coast.," Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), Honolulu, Hawaii (February 2017)

  • David Hicks, Nicole Figueroa, and Diego Figueroa. "Phylogeography of an estuarine copepod, Acartia tonsa (calanoida: copepoda) from the Texas Gulf of Mexico," Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), Honolulu, Hawaii (February 2017)

  • David Hicks and Diego Figueroa. "The South Texas Banks Ecosystem: Oceanography, Biodiversity and Genetics.," Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), Honolulu, Hawaii (February 2017)

  • David Hicks, Maria Cooksey, Diego Figueroa, and Emma Hickerson. "Modeling mesophotic coral communities of two South Texas Banks in the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico: North Hospital and Hospital Bank.," 13th International Coral Reef Symposium, International Coral Reef, Honolulu, Hawaii (June 2016)

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BIOL 6385 04 - Graduate Research:
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MARS 4399 02 - Research Problems:
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BIOL 6185 01 - Graduate Research:
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BIOL 7301 03 - Thesis II:
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BIOL 4399 04 - Research Problems in Biology:
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