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Universidad del Mar

Universidad del Mar belongs to the Oaxacan University System (SUNEO) along with seven more universities throughout the beautiful state of Oaxaca.

Universidad del Mar (UMAR) opened its doors in August 1992 and is the second research university within the SUNEO. The university is composed on three regional campi in Huatulco, Puerto Ángel and Puerto Escondido. Each campus has been designed to fulfill different needs along the Oaxacan coast. Huatulco focuses in Social Sciences, Puerto Ángel in Marine Sciences and Puerto Escondido in Biological and Informatics Sciences.

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UMAR at Puerto Escondido offers Biology, Zootechny, Informatics and Forestry majors for undergraduates since 2001.

Although other universities  may teach paleontology within the biology curriculum, UMAR is the only oaxacan university where paleontological research is carried out.


Paleobiological research at the Laboratory of Paleobiology of UMAR

Oaxaca has a large amount of fossil localities that range from Paleozoic to Cenozoic in age. Given to its geographic location in southern Mexico, a comprehensive knowledge of its fossils is needed to assess evolutionary relationships of invertebrates and vertebrates in the southernmost region of North America. Similarly, reassessment of biogeographical relationships between North American and South American taxa is of most importance.

The paleontology researchers integrate the Geosciences Academic Group at UMAR. They are part of the Sistema Nacional de Investigadores, CONACYT, a Mexican federal entity that recognizes the quality of scientific research.

Paleontologists research interests are outlined below:

  • Invertebrate paleobiology and science communication
  • Paleobiology of Cenozoic mammals and evolution of tropical mammalian local faunas through the Cenozoic.
  • Multivariate analysis applied to systematics

       Paleontology researchers

If you click  in the names of researchers you will find further information about their background and particular research interests as well as some of their papers in PDF format.

       Students 

Bachelors:

  • Lucía Cabrera Pérez, Universidad del Mar, campus Puerto Escondido.
  • Mario A. Campos Camacho, Universidad de Guadalajara, CUCBA.
  • Aldo Castañeda Salmorán, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla.
  • Lidia Aracely Pérez Cruz, Universidad del Mar, campus Puerto Escondido.
  • Raúl Carrillo López, Universidad de Guadalajara, CUCBA.

Posgraduates:

  • Roberto Díaz Sibaja, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo.
  • Gloria E. Cuevas Ruíz, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo.
  • Elizabeth Ortíz Caballero, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo.
  • Albino Pérez Iturbide,  Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo.
  • Jaime Priego Vargas, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo.
Social service and professional practice:
  • Dora L. Ramírez Peña, Universidad del Mar, campus Puerto Escondido.
  • Mario A. Campos Camacho, Universidad de Guadalajara, CUCBA.
  • Raúl Carrillo López, Universidad de Guadalajara, CUCBA.
  • Mireya Ayón Mejía, Universidad de Guadalajara, CUCBA.
  • Lidia A. Pérez Cruz, Universidad de la Sierra Juárez.
  • Caín F. Pacheco, Universidad del Mar, campus Puerto Escondido.
  • Mara P. Pérez Cruz Olmedo, Universidad del Mar, campus Puerto Escondido.
  • Lidia A. Pérez Cruz, Universidad del Mar, campus Puerto Escondido.