Research and Study Opportunities at CEDO

Since CEDO opened its doors in 1980, it has been a primary destination for researchers and others studying Northern Gulf of California and Sonoran Desert ecosystems and communities.  CEDO’s primary field station facility in Puerto Penasco, Sonora gives easy access to a variety of habitats with unique ecological, geological and anthropological features – rocky intertidal reefs, estuaries, offshore islands and subtidal reefs, riparian and desert habitats, and an amazing biodiversity.

Several of Mexico’s natural protected areas are easily available from CEDO’s field station and offer unique research opportunities. These include:

  • The Upper Gulf of California and Colorado River Delta Biosphere Reserve (UGBR)
  • The Vaquita Refuge (VR)
  • The Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve
  • Special Areas for Protection of Flora and Fauna: Islands of the Gulf of California
  • Bahia San Jorge Ramsar Site
  • Bahia Adair Ramsar Site
  • Colorado River Delta Ramsar Site

CEDO’s own research program is focused on generating information to support conservation and management goals for the region. In the Upper Gulf Biosphere Reserve (UGBR), CEDO conducts research to understand the impacts of small-scale fishing activities on the ecosystem, including the endangered vaquita porpoise and totoaba fish. South of the UGBR, in the rich Biological and Fisheries Corridor from Puerto Peñasco to Puerto Lobos, Sonora, our research is being used to design and engage a variety of stakeholders in a participatory process of Integrated Ecosystem & Fisheries Management, including Coastal and Marine Spatial and Seasonal Planning. Our climate change program, meanwhile, involves local communities in monitoring resources and develops ecosystem models to predict and mitigate climate change impacts on coastal communities and resources.

Researchers and school groups studying in the region are invited to use the CEDO field station as a base of operations.  Use of CEDO’s physical facilities, field and classroom teaching services, and access to CEDO’s extensive expertise in conservation, networking with local communities and government, and in depth knowledge of the ecosystems are among the many benefits of conducting studies in collaboration with CEDO. We are especially interested in supporting research initiatives that align with our conservation and fisheries management goals.

How to go about conducting research at CEDO

If you want to conduct your work through CEDO, we ask that you to reserve your use of the field station and register your research project with us. Please visit our Reservations and Fees Page for the complete information. 

Permit requirements

It is necessary to have a permit for doing research in Mexico. In addition, a special permit is required for the collection of any organism. SEMARNAT, the Secretariat of the Environment and Natural Resources, receives permit requests for studies and/or collection of all terrestrial organisms, as well as non-commercial intertidal organisms. CONAPESCA, the National Commission of Fisheries, is the government agency which handles permit requests for studies and/or collection of fishes, marine mammals, and commercial species.  CEDO recommends that all researchers apply for the appropriate permits at least 6 months prior to the time you want to initiate the research.

Please consult NOM-059-ECOL-2010, which specifies rules for biological collections in Mexico and lists species subject to special protection.

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