Conserving culture through biodiversity

Conservation biologist Luis Zambrano discusses his work in wetland and ecosystem restoration in Mexico City and a rare salamander threatened by development (the Axolotl).  Seriously, if you like looking at cute things, google the Axolotl.  In fact, this rare salamander embodies a particularly powerful cultural symbol, leading to an interesting discussion of the Anthropocene as a cultural boundary.

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Luis Zambrano González
Luis Zambrano is working on understanding the effects of the urbanization of the south-west hills of Mexico City on the lack of water for the city in dry season. The aquifer is highly overexploited and urbanization reduces the water infiltration and produce floods in the low regions of the south-east.  He is working on biodiversity conservation of wetlands focusing his research in population and food web dynamics. Also he is working on potential distribution of species in freshwater systems. This is framed on different systems such as Xochimilco, Sian Ka´an Biological Reserve and Patzcuaro. It is also within a project of Mexican Inventory of Wetlands.


Mike Osborne
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