Luis Zambrano

Professor, Instituto de Biología

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

2009

The city also has to import most of its food, because local farms lost to urbanization. As a result, our findings based on eight years populations’ analysis suggest that our salamander is heading toward extinction within the next ten years. Our results also suggest that axolotl potential niche is reduced to less than 5% of the total wetland and survival areas are separated by at least two kilometers. We found also that food web niche of the axolotl overlaps with both exotics carp and tilapia that occupies more than 84% of the biomass of the wetland.

Protecting the salamander and the wetland is as important for the future as was in the Aztec times. A healthier wetland can provide water and food sustainability for the city, reducing cost associated with importing these resources. We have to change the focus of wetlands management by generating conservation programs for the ecosystem and for axolotl.

I am working on biodiversity conservation of wetlands focusing my research in population and food web dynamics. Also I am working on potential distribution of species in freshwater systems. This is framed on different systems such as Xochimilco, Sian Ka´an Biological Reserve and Patzcuaro. It also within a project of Mexican Inventory of Wetlands.

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