Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation Laboratory (LAECBIO)

 

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    Under the direction of Dr. Salvador Montiel Ortega, the principal aim of Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation Laboratory (LAECBIO by its acronyms in Spanish) is scientific research on the interrelationship between human populations (mainly in rural areas) and different wild species on the Yucatan Peninsula.

 

    The LAECBIO functions within the Human Ecology Department and forms part of a research program begun in 2000 by Dr. Montiel on wildlife ecology, use and conservation. The program aim is to develop high-level research from ecological and social perspectives that focuses on 1) key animal groups in subtropical wetlands and forests, and 2) wildlife use and state of conservation in rural zones on the Yucatan Peninsula.

  

 

  

    Research in LAECBIO is currently focused in the Los Petenes Biosphere Reserve (and its zone of influence), located in the northwest coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, particularly notable by its wetlands and forest islands locally called “petenes”.

 

This is a scarcely explored area within Mesoamerica and the LAECBIO research group has carried out pioneering studies on the biota (e.g. bats) living on the unique forest vegetation islands represented by the petenes. As a whole, these petenes constitute a naturally fragmented ecosystem that invites new approaches in the study of the effects of habitat fragmentation on Neotropical biota.

 

 

Recent LAECBIO studies have been focused on documenting and understanding the social appropriation of wildlife in the Los Petenes region. One example is an ecological and social assessment of current wildlife use practices in communities near the Reserve. This project, financed by the CONACyT and the State Government of Campeche, will provide empirical data for development of community-based strategies for wildlife management, conservation and monitoring within the Reserve’s zone of influence.

              

                      

 

As part of our research efforts in the long term in the region of Los Petenes, from May 2013 established three environmental monitoring stations (HOBO U30 Data Logger, Onset) for registration (every 10 minutes) of rainfall, temperature and relative humidity in petenes ecosystem. These CINVESTAV-Merida stations have been erected at strategic sites in the region, covering a first step, the north, center and south of the Biosphere Reserve The Petenes.

 

Staff and Students.

Biól. José Armando Rojas Castillo. Research Assistant.

 

Academic partnerships

Alejandro Estrada Ph.D Laboratory of Primatology of the field station Los Tuxtlas-UNAM.

Long Term Ecological Research Mexican Network (Red Mex-LTER).  

Ecosystems Network CONACYT

Dr. David Pearson. Arizona State University USA.

Dr. Rodolfo Dirzo Stanford University USA.

Dr. Miguel Angel Munguía. Cinvestav-Mérida http://www.ecologiahumana.mda.cinvestav.mx/proyectos.php

Organization Conserv-Action, France http://www.conserv-action.com

The OFFTAKE Project. School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, UK. http://danieljingram.wix.com/offtake

 

LAECBIO recent publications

 

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Montiel S., Estrada A. and P. León. 2006. Bat assemblages in a naturally fragmented ecosystem in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico: especies richness, diversity and spatio-temporal dynamics. Journal of Tropical Ecology 22:267-276.

 

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Montiel S., Estrada A. and P. León. 2006. Estudios de murciélagos en una región naturalmente fragmentada: el ecosistema de petenes en la Península de Yucatán. Revista KUXULKAB’ 11(22):5-9.

 

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León P. and S. Montiel. 2006. Fenología reproductiva de Dermanura phaeotis Miller y Artibeus intermedius Allen ( Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae) en petenes del noroeste de la Península de Yucatán. Universidad y Ciencia 2(1):95-99.

 

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Méndez-Cabrera F. and S. Montiel. 2007. Diagnóstico preliminar de la fauna y flora silvestre utilizada por la población maya de dos comunidades costeras de Campeche, Mexico. Universidad y Ciencia 23(2):127-139.

 

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Montiel S., León P. and A. Estrada. 2008. Riqueza y diversidad de quirópteros en hábitats-isla en una región naturalmente fragmentada de Mesoamérica. Pp 373-392. In: J. C. Sáenz and C. Harvey (Eds). Evaluación y conservación de la biodiversidad de paisajes fragmentados de Mesoamérica. Editorial InBIO, Costa Rica.

 

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León P. and S. Montiel. 2008. Wild meat use and traditional hunting practices in a rural Mayan community of the Yucatan Peninsula. Human Ecology 36(2):249-257.

 

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Montiel S. and L. Arias. 2008. La cacería tradicional en el Mayab contemporáneo: una mirada desde la ecología humana.  Avance y Perspectiva 1(1):21-27.

 

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Montiel S. 2010. Aprovechamiento de fauna silvestre en la Península de Yucatán: usos y costumbres. Diagnóstico en la región de Los Petenes. Revista FOMIX-Campeche 2(4):29-32.

 

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Arias L.M. and S. Montiel. 2010. Campesinos-Pescadores de Yucatán: uso de la biodiversidad y apropiación de recursos naturales costeros. Revista de Geografía Agrícola 44:25-40.

 

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Montiel S., Estrada A. and P. León. 2011. Reproductive Seasonality of Fruit-Eating Bats in Northwestern Yucatán, México. Acta Chiropterologica 13(1):139-145.

 

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Rodríguez M., Montiel S., Cervera M.D., Castillo M.T. and E. Naranjo. 2012. The practice and perception of group hunting (batida) in a Maya community of Yucatan, Mexico. Journal of Ethnobiology 32(2):212-227.

 

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Munguía-Rosas M., S. Montiel and M.T. Castillo. 2013. Redes, Ecología y Ciencias Sociales: las redes complejas en Ecología Humana. Ecología Austral 23:135-142.

 

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Munguía-Rosas M., V. Parra-Tabla and S. Montiel. 2013. Extreme variation in the reproductive phenology of the weed, Ruellia nudiflora. Weed Research 53(5):328-336.

 

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Munguía-Rosas M., Jurado-Dzib S.G., Mezeta-Cob C.R., Montiel S., Rojas A. and J. Pech-Canché. 2014. Continuous forest has greater taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic plant diversity than an adjacent naturally fragmented forest. Journal of Tropical Ecology. 30:323-333.

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Munguía-Rosas M. and S. Montiel. 2014. Patch Size and Isolation Predict Plant Species Density in a Naturally Fragmented Forest. PLOS ONE 9(10): e111742. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0111742.

 

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Oliva M., Montiel S., García A. and L. Vidal. 2014. Local perceptions of wildlife use in Los Petenes Biosphere Reserve, Mexico: Maya subsistence hunting in a conservation conflict context. Tropical Conservation Science. 7(4):781-795.

 

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Oliva M. and Montiel S. 2016. Stakeholder linkage in conservation strategies: a qualitative tool for improving the management of a biosphere reserve in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Tropical Conservation Science. 9(1):423-438.

 

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Burgos-Solís, Y. and S. Montiel. 2016. Prospección alimentaria del mono araña (Ateles geoffroyi) en petenes del humedal costero de Campeche, México. Acta Zoológica Mexicana. Nueva Serie. 32(3):404-406.

 

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Illescas, J. and Montiel, S. In press. Los nidos artificiales asociados al pago por servicios ambientales en una comunidad maya de Campeche: características y atributos sociales para su implementación. Acta Zoológica Mexicana.

 

Last update: October 23, 2017

 

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