Dr. Tonantzin Tarin

Principal Investigator

I am an ecophysiologist leading the Ecophysiology of Terrestrial Ecosystems Research Group in the Institute of Ecology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). My research experience includes the study of semi-arid ecosystems such as the unique and challenging central Australian desert and the Sonoran desert in Mexico. My work addresses questions related to the functional ecological attributes in plants and the entire ecosystem. By assessing plant physiological strategies and traits of co-occurring species, I aim to contribute to the understanding of ecosystem-scale carbon and water fluxes.



Lizeth Juárez Herrera

Lizeth is studying a bachelor degree in Biology at the Faculty of Sciences of the UNAM. Lizeth’s interest is to study the interaction of plants with the environment, their adaptations and survival strategies in adverse conditions. With the advice of Dr. Tonanzin Tarin, Lizeth is developing a thesis focused on "Strategies in water use of coexisting species in semi-arid ecosystems".


Lucia Nevescanin

Lucia developed her bachelor's and master's degree project at the Ecohydrology lab in ITSON working with tropical dry forest carbon stocks. She wrote a thesis entitled: “Estimation of net primary productivity and decomposition in the low deciduous forest of Álamos, Sonora” with his main advisor Prof. Enrico A. Yepez and my co-supervision. Currently, she is working with architectural and anatomical root traits related to heat and drought stress adaptation at the School of Biosciences of UoN.

Francisco Carrete

Francisco J. Carrete was an undergraduate student in the Lab of Ecohydrology of the Sonora Institute of Technology (ITSON). He worked on the study of arid and semi-arid ecosystems of northwestern Mexico to understand and measure the transpiration flow. Francisco wrote a thesis entitled: “Dynamics of transpiration in representative species of a xerophilous scrub in Sonora” with his main advisor Prof. Enrico A. Yepez and my co-supervision. He is currently working as a specialist in precision agriculture at John Deere.

Agustin Flores (QEPD)

Agustin was an extraordinary person, a great friend, a classmate and a student. He was always motivated, sharing with everyone his music and joy for living. He studied an engineer in environmental sciences at the Technological Institute of Sonora (ITSON), and worked a thesis entitled: "Functional characterization of the flora and fauna of the protection area Sierra Álamos-Río Cuchujaqui using remote sensors" with his main advisor Prof. Jaime Garatuza Payan and my co-supervision.

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now”

Martin Luther King, Jr