Dr Luis A. Soto is a Biological Oceanographer at the Institute of Marine Sciences and Limnology, UNAM, Mexico. He was the Dean of Graduate Students in the Marine Science Program and is currently the Head of the Benthic Ecology Laboratory. His research interest is focused on the functional ecology of benthic communities inhabiting shallow and deep-waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. His scientific contribution includes 130 peer-reviewed articles, 14 book chapters, two edited books, receiving over 1,600 citations He lead more than 40 ocean surveys supported by national and international research institutions and has served as Consultant on environmental issues to UNESCO, OEA, Guggenheim, Fulbright, Chevron-Texaco, Smithsonian, Philadelphia Academy of Science, Environ.Res. Council, U.K. New genera and species of marine invertebrates have been named after him to honor his scientific career/contribution. He has lead 3 Postdocs, 12 Ph.D., 14 M.Sc., and 12 B.S. He is regular member of the Mexican Academy of Science, Sigma-Xi Society, and holds the highest ranking in the National Research System in Mexico.