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Laura Davalos-Lind

Program Coordinator for Baylor’s teaching and research programs with the Universidad Veracruzana’s Center for Tropical Research (CITRO - UV)

Education-- Biologist, Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, México
M.S., Baylor University

Baylor University Office (254) 710 2139
CITRO Office 52 229 817 0603

About this program-- We are located at the central east coast of México. The state of Veracruz is tropical amd rich in natural resources, especially water. The flora and fauna are of outstanding diversity and offer great opportunities for teaching and research in collaboration with Mexican partners. This region ascends from sea level to the crest of the third highest mountain in North America– the Pico de Orizaba with a permanent glacier. Culturally it is rich with Olmec sites and an outstanding museum in the capital city of Xalapa. At the same time, the region is full of environmental problems in need of sustainable solutions applicable to the tropics. Our ties with the Center for Tropical Research (CITRO) open an important window to the meaning of environmental problems, poverty, sustainability and academic and social responsibility. CITRO has a unique graduate program at the Masters and Doctoral levels open to Mexican and international students. Baylor’s faculty participates at various levels in this program. LINK to

Professional activities:

  • Coordinate the teaching and research activities for the Limnology Program at CITRO.
  • Facilitate research of visiting scientists and manage the limnology laboratory for Baylor’s use and other American and Mexican researchers.
  • Organize specialized workshops and conferences involving water researchers from both countries.

Teaching: My teaching areas at the Center for Tropical Research: Research Seminar I and II, Watershed Management, Tropical Limnology

Professional Interests:

  • Aquatic processes and their modification by anthropogenic impacts.
  • Promotion of the use of indicators and other cost-effective tools for environmental monitoring in developing countries.
  • Promotion of limnological science at the professional, and undergraduate and graduate levels. Current student projects include:
      • Two related with the effect of toxic cyanobacteria on the food web (zooplankton level).
      • Two projects evaluating (1) the state of health of the economically important fish at Lake Catemaco and (2) the also culturally important snail called tegogolo (Pomacea patula catemacensis) used as food by locals of the same area.

Professional Experience:

  • Consultant, City of Xalapa
  • Consultant, Commission for Environmental Cooperation
  • Vice President, Mexican Limnological Association

Selected Publications--

2007. Davalos-Lind Laura. El Lago de Chapala y la funcion de las arcillas suspendidas. In: Las Aguas Interiores de Mexico, Conceptos y Casos. Guadalupe de la Lanza Espino Ed. AGT Editor, S.A. 361-370.
2005. Davalos-Lind, L. and O. Lind. Bacterioplankton grazing by fish and zooplankton in clay-rich and clay-free water. Verh. Internat. Verein. Limnol. 29:140-142.
2003. Bernal-Brooks, F., L. Davalos-Lind and O. Lind. Seasonal and spatial variation in algal growth potential and growth-limiting nutrients in a shallow endorheic lake: Lake Patzcuaro (México). Lakes & Reservoirs: Research and Management 8:83-93.
2001. Salvador Hernandez-Aviles, Fernando Bernal-Brookds, Gabriela Velarde, David Ortiz, Owen T. Lind and Laura Davlaos-Lind. The algal growth potential and algae growth-limiting nutrients for 30 of Mexico's lakes and reservoirs. Verh. Internat. Verein. Limnol. Ireland 27:3583-3588
2001. Davalos-Lind, L. and O. T. Lind. Phytoplankton and Bacterioplankton production and trophic relations in Lake Chapala . A Review. In: The Lerma Chapala Watershed. Evaluation and Management. Hansen and van Afferden eds. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers. 385pp.

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