Lines of Generation and Application of Knowledge

In the Tropical Research Center, three Lines of Generation and Application of Knowledge (LGAC) are developed, which are also the curricular axes of the Master in Tropical Ecology that is taught in this Center. The Lines of Generation and Application of Knowledge refer to a set of objectives and goals of an academic nature, with disciplinary or multidisciplinary themes shared by a group of academics, from which projects, activities and studies are developed, as well as tutorial follow-up of the Postgraduate students.

Ecology, biodiversity and conservation in the tropics

Basic and applied research on biodiversity (genetic, taxonomic, functional and landscape) of tropical ecosystems and the effect of anthropogenic activities on natural systems is carried out, with the purpose of understanding the mechanisms that determine the functioning of ecosystems and the relationship of the loss of biodiversity with human well-being. The main research topics are flora and fauna conservation; ecological restoration; plant-animal interactions; ecology of epiphytes; origin and evolution of tropical plants; advanced plant systematics, among others.

Members:

  • PhD. Thorsten Krömer
  • PhD. Juan Carlos López Acosta
  • PhD. María Cristina Mac Swiney González
  • PhD. Ernesto Rodríguez Luna
  • PhD. Odilón Sánchez Sánchez
  • PhD. Noé Velázquez Rosas

Management of the biocultural resources of the tropics

Research is carried out in applied ecology, conservation biology, anthropology, interculturality and ethnoecology, from the population level to the landscape level, with the aim of developing management strategies and sustainable use of biocultural resources, positioning traditional knowledge in the center of these approaches. The researchers of this LGAC develop work on agroecology, land use and agroforestry systems; management of non-timber forest resources; tropical forestry; geomatics and landscape analysis; watershed management; domestication of plants; ecological, social-cultural and economic aspects of the control, access, management and use of wildlife; ethnoecological restoration, among others.

Members:

  • PhD. Leticia Margarita Cano Asseleih
  • PhD. Rosaura Citlalli López Binnqüist
  • PhD. Edward A. Ellis
  • PhD. Juan Carlos López Acosta
  • PhD. Araceli Aguilar Meléndez
  • PhD. Rebeca Alicia Menchaca García
  • PhD. Noé Velázquez Rosas
  • PhD. María Reyna Hernández Colorado

Sustainable bioproductive alternatives

This line has as objectives the generation and application of knowledge in relevant areas of community development, based on the current paradigms of sustainable rural development and based on basic research. The main research topics are: ecological management; the cultural dimension in sustainable development; alternative technologies for well-being; social communication; development from a gender perspective; articulation of value networks of tropical products; participatory action research for conservation; micro-enterprises of forest germplasm; economy and sustainability; organization and training for market access; community strategies for the management and conservation of tropical forest species, among others.

Members:

  • PhD. Edward A. Ellis
  • PhD. Rosaura Citlalli López Binnqüist
  • PhD. Patricia Gerez Fernández
  • PhD. Odilón Manuel Sánchez Sánchez
  • PhD. Rebeca Alicia Menchaca García
  • PhD. Leticia Margarita Cano Asseleih