Historical Ecology in the North Coast of Quintana Roo

Historical Ecology in the North Coast of Quintana Roo
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The historical ecology work related to coastal exploitation during my PhD studies is what I enjoyed most, and I am pursuing this line of research for my future projects. I am interested in studying how coastal exploitation has evolved, from ancient cultures to the present and how this information can be integrated into current conservation actions for coastal resources and landscapes.

In my PhD study area in Marismas Nacionales wetlands along the west coast of Mexico, contemporary exploitation by local fishermen has intensified by using unsustainable fishing practices. This has degraded the ecological and social environment. However through my historical analysis I documented that according to archaeological data possible episodes of shellfish over exploitation occurred in the region by Pre-Columbian cultures.

Even though I have been working in the coastal area of western Mexico I am expanding my work into the North Coast of Quintana Roo. I will do this by collaborating with anthropologists and archeologists. Here we will develop an interdisciplinary approach that integrates ecological, historical, and archaeological data on coastal exploitation, together with traditional fishers’ knowledge, collected through surveys.


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  • Special Projects Coordinator
    Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture, and Archaeology (CISA3)
    Qualcomm Institute, UCSD Division of Calit2
    University of California, San Diego
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla, CA 92093-0436
    drissolo@ucsd.edu, Web
  • Assistant Research Scientist
    The University of Georgia Dept. Crop and Soil Sciences
    Southeast Climate Consortium
    Georgia State University Department of Anthropology: Visiting Scholar
  • Department of Anthropology
    Georgia State University
    P.O.Box 3998, Atlanta
    GA 30302-3998, USA
    jglover@gsu.edu, Web
  • Investigadora Titular
    Departamento de Conservación de la Biodiversidad
    El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR)
    Carretera Panamericana y Periférico Sur s/n. 29290
    San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, México
    msaenz@ecosur.mx, web
  • Director and Professor of Plant Ecology
    University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS), University of California, Riverside
    ucmexusdirector@ucr.edu, Web
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography
    Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation
    jbjackson@ucsd.edu, Web
  • Profesor Investigador Titular
    CINVESTAV-IPN, Unidad Mérida


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