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  • Welcome

We warmly welcome you to our website of the Master in Management of Marine and Coastal Ecosystems, in this portal you can find information about this postgraduate course.


The Master in Ecosystem Management was recognized with the CONSOLIDATED Level in 2018, within the National Postgraduate System (SNP) of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT).

  • Rationale for the Program.


It is a well-known fact that the Great Marine Ecosystems cannot be considered isolated from the terrestrial environments, the solution of their immense problems must include the existence of two zones of critical ecological and social importance and closely interconnected: a) the upper basin, coastal plains and intertidal zone and b) the coastal and marine zone (Ray, 1991). These environments are characterized by a high variety of gradients and eco tones regulated by four basic types of processes:

a) Physiographic, which establish eco tones parallel to the coastlines (tides, waves and upwelling).

b) Biogenic, which is the result of the interaction of living organisms with physical structures, forming marine, coastal and terrestrial habitats (coral reefs, sea grass, coastal wetlands, estuarine areas and flood plains).

c) Climatic, which are responsible for the different responses of organisms to physical changes in terrestrial and marine environments.

d) Physicochemical, which are able to regulate and control the spatial and temporal shifts of organisms in different habitats.

Marine and coastal environments have the greatest biological diversity, which translates into critical and reciprocal interactions between environments; the challenge of understanding this system, for its continuity and complexity, raises the need for a new paradigm based on a holistic approach (Toledo, 2003; Rodríguez, 2017).


The current conceptualization of ecosystem management proposed by UNEP (PNUMA is Spanish), contains three fundamental aspects:


  1. Evaluation. It provides the base knowledge, management and process of policy development, as well as information on trends, emerging problems and early warnings.
  2. Administration. Creating a greater understanding of the environment, supporting institutional functions (structural, Legislative, financial) and providing practical tools, technologies and planning.
  3. Integration. Administration. Creating a greater understanding of the environment, supporting institutional functions (structural, Legislative, financial) and providing practical tools, technologies and planning.

The new Curriculum 2018 of the Master’s Degree Program in Marine and Coastal Ecosystems arises as a result of the discussion of its contents and the reflection of the strengths and areas of opportunity agreed among students, employers, part-time teachers attached to the Program, Basic Academic Core and related sectors of society. Considers the arguments of the new approach to ecosystem management, integrating a holistic vision into the criteria for conservation, restoration and management of marine and coastal areas in order to integrate ecosystem services with social, environmental and economic needs.

Its teaching focuses on constructivism, seeking the active participation of the student in the proposal of improvement to specific situations related to the ecosystem management of marine and coastal ecosystems. Through the teaching-learning process to be applied, aims to promote the collection, processing and analysis of ecosystem information and its rationality in the search for concrete solutions that support society and help make more accurate decisions regarding the management of the country’s marine and coastal areas.


The Master in Management of Marine and Coastal Ecosystems will be a national and international reference in relation to the ecosystem management of coastal and marine areas, through high-level academics and institutional goals that promote quality in the comprehensive training of students according to local, regional and national needs and the labor market.



To train professionals competent in the sustainable development of marine and coastal ecosystems by applying knowledge of biodiversity, management, restoration and conservation of environmental goods and services with quality and values, and in permanent liaison with the social sectors.

  • Knowledge Generation and Application Lines.

Knowledge Generation and Application Lines (KGAL)

The Master Degree in Marine and Coastal Ecosystem Management Education Program offers two strategic Knowledge Generation and Application Lines (KGAL), which have as their central axis the knowledge and use of biodiversity, as well as the conservation of marine coastal resources. They are structured to contribute to support decision-making for the ecosystem management of these environments and integrate citizen participation. Both lines are integrated to ensure the maintenance of the environmental services provided by the large marine ecosystems related to Mexico.

They are characterized by their solidity, scope and temporality and involve several professors with Doctorate and Master’s degrees, with ProDEP recognition and the National System of Researchers (NSR). They have infrastructure and scientific-technical equipment to carry out their work.

Knowledge Generation and/or Application Line. Description Professors by KGAL
1. Marine and Coastal Biodiversity. KGAL focuses on determining the composition and structure of biodiversity (at any level) that make up marine and coastal ecosystems and environments, and where the interactions of biotic and abiotic factors occur in a dynamic environment composed of land, water and atmosphere; any change in the pattern of environmental variables has a decisive influence on the distribution of ecosystems and their ecotones. Its work focuses on the knowledge of organisms and their interactions with the coastal and marine environment; it is based on biological inventories and the identification of monitoring systems, its supervising and evaluation. It is also committed to knowledge of the environmental goods and services provided by marine and coastal ecosystems, their qualitative and quantitative measurement. Dr. Eduardo A. Zarza Meza


Dr. Ascención Capistrán Barradas


Dra. Celina Naval Ávila


Dra. Karla C. Garcés García

2. Marine and Coastal Ecosystem Management. This KGAL promotes the conservation, restoration and management of marine and coastal biodiversity through the principles of sustainable management of natural resources, that is, including marine and coastal ecosystems. To achieve its goals, the KGAL integrates conservation approaches through the proposal of access restriction areas and use or protected natural areas, as well as areas of sustainable use or conservation of environmental services; restoration approaches through studies of processes of renewal of degraded or destroyed ecosystems; or with an approach based on proposals for regulating land use and productive activities, taking into account in each of the approaches the participatory management of the owners or those who make use of the physical space. They are also important within the KGAL, the study of climate change and the resulting environmental impacts and risks. Dr. José de Jesús Salas Pérez


Dr. Adán Guillermo Jordán Garza


Dr. Daniel S. Sánchez Montes


Mtro. Agustín de Jesús Basáñez Muñoz


Mtro. Francisco J. Martos Fernández

  • Directory

Dra. Rosa Idalia Hernández Herrera


Facultad de Biología, Medicina Veterinaria y Zootecnia.

(Faculty of Biology Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics)

E-mail: idhernandez@uv.mx


Mtro. César Enrique Martínez Sánchez

Academic Secretary

E-mail: cesamartinez@uv.mx


Dr. Carlos Francisco Rodríguez Gómez

Coordinator of the Master’s Degree

E-mail: carlosrodriguez05@uv.mx


Carretera Tuxpan-Tampico Km. 7.5

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Tel: 783 834 4350 Ext. 46103

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Última actualización

Fecha: 21 junio, 2024 Responsable: Maestría en Manejo de Ecosistemas Marinos y Costeros (SNP) Contacto: ilucero@uv.mx