Mauro joined the Smithsonian in 2016 as a research fellow at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. He researched how coral reefs in Bocas del Toro, Panama, have changed over the past 7,000 years in response to human impacts. The ideas he developed led to the article "Look to the past for an optimistic future", that has recently been published in Conservation Biology (O'Dea et al. 2017). Mauro had earned a PhD in ecology in 2015 from the University of Queensland, Australia, and had graduated in marine biology in 2008 from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mauro joined ForestGEO as IT Specialist in August 2017, writing and maintaining a collection of small computer programs that help forest ecologists analyze data of over six million trees.