Project: Ecosystem Dynamics

Marine habitat distributions in the Gulf of California

The value of nature and its contribution to human well-being and development is being increasingly appreciated by researchers, communities, and governments. Calculating the economic benefits of an ecosystem service in order to justify the sustainable use and/or conservation of a resource or area is often necessary to validate the actual cost of conservation action, but...

A description of El Niño/La Niña effects in the Gulf of California

The El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is an irregular, periodic variation in the sea surface temperature over the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean. It has two distinct phases. El Niño (the boy), which is characterized by the weakening of the equatorial winds, results in a warm phase in the eastern tropical Pacific that reduces the productivity...

Endemism and protected species on the shores of Cabo Pulmo

Cabo Pulmo National Park conserves an amazing diversity of marine creatures, yet the arid lands adjacent to these waters host an intriguing community of desert species that are outside of any protected area. Plans to build a mega-resort on these shores prompted a series of questions: What species are found here? How many of the...

Climate and environmental impacts at a global scale

The planet is now deeply rooted in the Anthropocene [1], an era where human pressures are increasing and compromising the resilience of the Earth system [2]. Resolving the earth’s environmental problems must foster the idea of common responsibility between nations. An initial hurdle towards this shared vision, however, is the education of countries on their...

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