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¡SOBRE México!: Student Opportunities for Biological Research in Mexico

¡SOBRE México!

Field Station Information

The program takes place at Estación de Biología, Chamela (EBCh), part of Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), located 160 km south of Puerto Vallarta in coastal Jalisco, México.  The field station was created in 1971 to provide services for research, teaching, and dissemination of science, and to preserve a portion of one of Earth’s most threatened tropical ecosystems.  In 1993 additional land was acquired, creating the Chamela-Cuixmala Biosphere Reserve, comprising 13,142 ha of forest surrounding the field station.
The field station is situated on a hilltop, 3 km from the coast, surrounded by pristine tropical deciduous forest. The topography creates a diversity of microenvironments within the forest, most notably a semi-deciduous forest in the arroyos and a fully-deciduous forest in the uplands.
These microenvironments create microhabitat diversity that contributes to the higher than expected species diversity at EBCh; over 1,200 species of vascular plants, 427 species of vertebrates and more than 2,000 species of insects, with a high endemic component.
Students stay in comfortable dorm rooms equipped with beds, shelves, desks, and internet access.
Three nutritious meals are provided each day in the comedor, a dining room and kitchen with stunning views of the surrounding forest and wildlife.
Two air-conditioned laboratories are available for use, including bench space, internet, drying ovens, centrifuge, analytical balances, and microscopes.
Students will have access to the field station’s museum collection that includes specimens of vertebrates, invertebrates, and plants of the region, as well as an air-conditioned library with journals, books, study space, and internet.
The new library, built in 2013, houses a lecture hall where students can participate in seminars and informal talks regularly given by visiting researchers and faculty at the field station.
The region around EBCh is safe; people are kind, eager to share their culture, and patient with those learning Spanish. Although drug cartels have brought violence to parts of Mexico, this region has remained safe and free of violence.

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