Luis A. Soto, BS, Diploma FAO-VNIRO, MSc, PhD, is a biological oceanographer at the Institute of Marine Sciences and Limnology, UNAM, Mexico (2019). He was Dean of Graduate Students in the Marine Science Program (1983–1987) and was 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 production includes 137 peer-reviewed articles, 15 book chapters, and two edited books, receiving over 1600 citations. He has led more than 40 ocean surveys supported by national and international research institutions, and has served as a consultant on environmental issues to UNESCO, OEA, Guggenheim, Fulbright, Chevron-Texaco, Smithsonian, Philadelphia Academy of Science, and the Natural Environmental Research Council, UK. New genera and species of marine invertebrates have been named after him to honor his scientific career. His disciples include three postdoc, 12 PhD, 14 MSc, and 12 BS degrees He is a regular member of the Mexican Academy of Science, Sigma-Xi Society, and holds the highest ranking in the National Research System in Mexico.