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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, located in southern Mexico.

 

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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, Nursing and Forestry majors for undergraduates since 2001.

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

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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.

Paleontology researchers are part of the Sistema Nacional de Investigadores of CONACYT, the Mexican federal entity that recognizes the quality of scientific research and that fund it.

Paleontologists research interests are outlined below:

  • Conservation paleobiology, Invertebrate paleobiology, taxonomy of terrestrial gastropods and microvertebrates and science communication
  • Paleobiology of Cenozoic mammals and evolution of tropical mammalian local faunas through the Cenozoic.

       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.

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Research funding

Our research funding come from diverse sources, such as Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, Universidad del Mar or National Geographic Society/Waitt Grant Program.

Funded research projects are enlisted below:

  • CONACYT-Ciencia Básica 2015 Nº 255883 “ Asociaciones faunísticas y ambientes de depósito de las localidades fosilíferas continentales del Eoceno tardío de la Mixteca alta oaxaqueña. Began in March 2016.
  • Universidad del Mar “La evolución temprana de los roedores en Norteamérica tropical”. Began in february 2016.
  • Universidad del Mar “Los mamíferos del Eoceno tardío de dos localidades en la Mixteca alta oaxaqueña”. March 2013 to March 2014.
  • National Geographic Society/Waitt Grant Program # W77-09 “Life at World’s End: In Search of Fossils in Southern Mexico from the Warmest Interval of the Cenozoic”. February 2010 to february 2012.
  • CONACYT Ciencia Básica 2008 Nº 101626 “Caracterización ecomorfológica y patrones biogeográficos de los vertebrados del Rancholabreano de la Mixteca Alta oaxaqueña”. May 2011 to may 2014.
  • CONACYT Ciencia Básica 2007 Nº 78793 “Sistemática, paleoecología y biogeografía de la fauna pleistocénica de la Mixteca alta oaxaqueña. February 2009, to february 2010.
  • Universidad del Mar “Prospección paleontológica de las rocas sedimentarias paleogénicas de la región de San Pedro Juchatengo-San Lorenzo Texmelucan, Oaxaca”. December 2005 to december 2006.
  • Universidad del Mar “Los moluscos pleistocénicos del área Puerto Escondido”. March 2005 to march 2006.

 Students 

Graduate and undergraduate students are very welcome to collaborate in our projects.

Undergraduates:

  • 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.
  • Ariadna Leonor Merlin Hernández, Universidad del Mar, campus Puerto Escondido.

Posgraduates:

  • Elizabeth Ortíz Caballero, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo.
  • Nadia Wendoline Rodríguez Caballero, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo.
  • Roberto Díaz Sibaja, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo.
  • Gloria E. Cuevas Ruíz, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo.
  • Jaime Priego Vargas, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo.
  • Andrea Villegas Chapa, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo.

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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.