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Macroinvertebrates as Indicators of Water Quality in Mesoamerica

Above: Water Quality Sampling in the Coapa River.

Fourteen rivers connect El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve to La Encrucijada Biosphere Reserve in, Chiapas Mexico. This is one of the most important regions in the world in terms of biodiversity.

Water quality measurements are needed to evaluate the success of conservation efforts in this region. This project seeks to adapt the use of macroinvertebrates and other techniques used in North America to the tropical ecosystems found there. The project is a collaborative effort between eight organizations (governmental and non-governmental organizations) and two academic institutions.

Professor: John M. Waud

Above: Macroinvertebrate identification at Salto de Aqua Field Laboratory.

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