M. Luisa Martínez

M. Luisa Martínez
Institute of Ecology INECOL | INECOL · Ecología Funcional

Doctor of Philosophy

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The Island of Cozumel, located in the Mexican Caribbean, has been granted several protection denominations because of its high biodiversity. However, despite these efforts, several invasive species have been found on the island. Of these, published studies indicate that two plant species are invasive in beach and coastal dune vegetation, but inform...
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The invasion of natural communities by exotic plants, which may turn into invasive or potentially invasive, is one of the most severe known threats to biodiversity, and coastal dunes are among the most affected habitats. Mexico’s coastal dunes are abundant and contain high plant biodiversity but attempts to determine the occurrence and impact of ex...
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Renewable ocean energy is an alternative that will help reduce carbon emissions into the atmosphere. However, there is uncertainty about potential environmental impacts of the technologies involved, because these are new and untested, and methods for the evaluation and monitoring of environmental impacts are scarce. We performed a systematic litera...
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Coastal dunes are very important, for both their ecosystem services and their ecological importance. A quantification of the area occupied by dunes was made for all of the Mexican Caribbean coast, and a qualification was assigned, according to the type of dune, its height and condition. 4981 ha of coastal dunes were identified on the coast, with he...
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Coastal wetlands provide a range of valuable ecosystem services, including protecting coastal communities from storms. We estimated for the first time the global value of these storm protection services for all coastal wetlands for both damages avoided and lives saved. We used the historical tracks of 1,014 tropical cyclones since 1902 that recorde...
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The impact of storms on coastal dunes and beaches and the effects they induce in topography and plant communities are natural processes that contribute to maintaining natural coastal dynamics. However, because coasts are often densely populated, these phenomena are perceived as major threats to human property. To protect human assets sustainably, n...
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The oceans represent almost 70% of the surface of our planet, and they are in constant movement through waves, tides, and currents. These movements are formed differently: waves develop because of the action of the wind; tides because of the moon and the sun, and currents because of differences in water temperature and the rotation of the planet. O...
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At present, many coastal ecosystems worldwide are highly affected by anthropic activities. La Mancha lagoon, in the state of Veracruz, Mexico, is an important ecosystem due to the wide array of ecosystem services that it provides. In this paper, an analysis of the environmental balances of the lagoon is outlined, using the Drivers, Exchanges, State...
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In Mexico, as in other countries, coastal urbanization and landscape changes are occurring at an unprecedented scale and rate, with potential negative impacts on local biodiversity. Nevertheless, studies of the impacts that such changes have on coastal dune vegetation such changes on coastal dune vegetation are relatively scarce. In this study, we...
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Caribbean islands are important hotspots for endemic species, concentrating high biodiversity on exceptionally small areas. Cozumel Island is not an exception, yet little published information exists on its bird diversity. In this study, we assessed the contribution of each major ecosystem of Cozumel Island (i.e., tropical forest, mangrove, palm th...
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Although the technologies involved in converting saline gradient energy (SGE) are rapidly developing, few studies have focused on evaluating possible environmental impacts. In this work, the environmental impacts of a hypothetical 50 kW RED plant installed in La Carbonera Lagoon, Yucatan, Mexico, are addressed. The theoretical support was taken fro...
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The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a pandemic that has altered practically all human activities worldwide. Since the pandemic started at the beginning of 2020, infections have fluctuated drastically over time. It is difficult to predict how this situation will evolve in the coming months/years or when a return to some semblance of 'normal'...
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Sustainable energy is needed globally, and Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) is a possible way to diversify the energy matrix. This article suggests a preliminary selection process to find optimal sites for OTEC deployment on the Mexican coastline. The method comprises the (1) evaluation of the thermal power potential, using daily data (16 yea...
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Sandy coasts represent about one-third of the global coastline and are among the most valuable and most vulnerable areas for humans and many other species. Socioeconomic development and climate change impacts, together with traditional engineering for shore protection, have pervasively resulted in coastal squeeze, thereby threatening coastal life a...
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In Mexico, the CEMIE-Océano (Mexican Center for Ocean Energy Innovation) is exploring potential locations for marine energy production while assessing social perception and protecting the environment. The goals of this study were to: a) calculate potential renewable energy production in the north of the Yucatan Peninsula; b) understand the percepti...
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Beach evening-primrose (Oenothera drummondii subsp. drummondii) is a perennial herb native to the coastal dunes of the Gulf of Mexico and southeastern USA. During the last century, the species was unintentionally introduced into coastal dune systems around the world. The purpose of this study was to explore the means of dispersal of this invasive i...
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The coastal zone is in a critical state worldwide, due to the loss and fragmentation of its ecosystems. Much of this is caused by long-term anthropic local, regional, or global actions, which drive coastal squeeze processes. Most of the criteria to evaluate the effects of coastal squeeze are focused on merely identifying its effect on the coastal z...
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I. Aspectos Generales Caracterización socioeconómica, población, grado de marginación, poblaciones rurales y urbanas en la zona costera; actividades productivas II. Caracterización del Medio Físico Dinámica marina, caracterización de las playas, alteraciones de fuentes de sedimento, aspectos relevantes de la dinámica sedimentaria. III. Caracterizac...
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I. Aspectos Generales Caracterización socioeconómica, población, grado de marginación, poblaciones rurales y urbanas en la zona costera; actividades productivas II. Caracterización del Medio Físico Dinámica marina, caracterización de las playas, alteraciones de fuentes de sedimento, aspectos relevantes de la dinámica sedimentaria. III. Caracterizac...
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Around the world, population growth, land use changes and coastal infrastructure have modified coastlines. In many cases these actions have induced intense degradation and loss of the ecosystems there. Sandy beaches and coastal dunes are amongst the most threatened features. In Mexico, coastal dunes in the state of Nayarit, on the Pacific, have bee...
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The foredunes of arid dune systems, such as those present in the Canary Islands (Spain), comprise nebkha dunes. These nebkhas are formed by the interaction between aeolian sedimentary dynamics and shrub vegetation, although other variables can influence nebkha formation. In the Canary Islands nebkhas are formed by sand trapping in Traganum moquinii...
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Martínez, M.L.; Silva, R.; López-Portillo, J.; Feagin, R.A., and Martínez, E. 2020. Coastal ecosystems as an ecological membrane. In: Malvárez, G. and Navas, F. (eds.), Global Coastal Issues of 2020. Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 95, pp. 97-101. Coconut Creek (Florida), ISSN 0749-0208. A membrane is a continuous layer that separate...
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Beaches and foredunes are characterized by being exposed to harsh environmental restrictions mainly due to salt spray, burial by sand and occasional storms. In response to this, plant species from these habitats have adaptations that allow them not only to survive in these environments, but also to recover after the impact of disturbances such as s...
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In many parts of the world, renewable energy is being considered as an alternative to supply electricity to communities in developing regions. However, even though various technologies are becoming available, there are several socio-environmental constraints that impinge on the viability of ocean energy conversion projects in isolated communities....
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The new species Salacia frutiplatensis is described and illustrated herein. This new taxon is part of the arboreal strata of the coastal sand dunes scrub of Los Tuxtlas, Veracruz, Mexico, where it is considered endemic. Salacia frutiplatensis is similar to S. elliptica, S. cordata, and S. impressifolia, but differs from these in the shape and diame...
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Coastal dunes can provide protection from flooding during extreme weather events. As such, consideration should be given to strengthening the protective mechanisms of dunes. Vegetation has recently been seen as an important factor influencing erosion processes on dunes. Another means of dune reinforcement is the installation of internal structures...
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The foredune in arid coastal dune systems is constituted by nebkhas. Nebkhas originate by interactions between shrub vegetation and aeolian sedimentary dynamics. Although the importance of these dune forms is known, not only in ecological and landscaping function; but also, as protection against coastal erosion, the relationship between variables w...
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Background: The understanding of the processes that govern community assembly during ecological succession helps determine the ecological attributes in restoration and monitoring programmes. Aims: The aim of this long-term study of primary succession was to analyse changes in species richness, diversity, taxonomic distinctness and functional types...
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One of the major threats to the diversity of coastal dunes is the expansion of invasive species, such as Oenothera drummondii subsp. drummondii (Onagraceae). In southwestern Spain, we studied the impact of this American invasive on community structure and composition along a beach-dune gradient (beach, foredune, and inland dunes). Differences in de...
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Change is inherent in coastal systems, which are amongst the most dynamic ones on Earth. Increasing anthropogenic pressure on coastal zones interferes with natural coastal dynamics and can cause ecosystem imbalances that render the zones less stable. Furthermore, human occupation of coastal zones often requires an uncharacteristic degree of stabili...
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I. Aspectos Generales Caracterización socioeconómica, población, grado de marginación, poblaciones rurales y urbanas en la zona costera; actividades productivas II. Caracterización del Medio Físico Dinámica marina, caracterización de las playas, alteraciones de fuentes de sedimento, aspectos relevantes de la dinámica sedimentaria. III. Caracterizac...
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Coastal erosion is a natural process, whose intensity and occurrence have increased due to natural and anthropogenic factors. To protect the coasts, the use of hard infrastructure is a widespread practice that can be effective, mostly at a local scale. However, recent evidence also shows that downstream erosion can be accelerated in adjacent zones....
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Coastal squeeze" occurs when there is a chronic loss of coastal habitats landward associated with long-term processes such as sea level rise, land subsidence, sediment deficit and the occupation of space by infrastructure. This phenomenon may also affect socioeconomic activities such as tourism. The goal of this study was to explore the co-occurren...
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The new species, Scaevola rialagartensis Cast.-Campos is described and illustrated from coastal shrubland and vegetation bordering mangroves in Rio Lagartos, Yucatan, southeastern Mexico, where it is considered endemic. The new species is similar to S. plumieri, S. taccada and S. wrightii, all of which grow in similar environments, but can be diffe...
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Coastal dunes are often the first and only line of physical defense for communities subjected to damaging storms and waves. Planting vegetation on them has been proposed as one way to increase their protective capacity, but it is unknown how dune plant architecture reduces erosion. We conducted wave flume and field experiments to address this quest...
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O. drummondii is a perennial herb native to the coasts of Southeastern USA and Eastern Mexico that has invaded coastal dune systems throughout the world. In this study we had two objectives: (1) to describe seed bank of O. drummondii in space and time, and determine how long the seeds remain viable in the soil, and (2) to establish the impact of th...
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Natural ecosystems are expected to reduce the damaging effects of extreme hydrometeorological effects. We tested this prediction for Mexico by performing regression models, with two dependent variables: the occurrence of deaths and economic damages, at a state and municipality levels. For each location, the explanatory variables were the Mexican so...
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La zona costera es el ambiente más dinámico de la tierra y la única región a lo largo de todos los continentes donde interactúan la tierra, la atmósfera, el mar y el agua dulce. Su adaptabilidad le permite amortiguar la energía del oleaje, del viento y de las corrientes; por ello, uno de los principales beneficios que brinda a la sociedad es la pro...
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Las playas de arena son sistemas sedimentarios muy dinámicos que naturalmente experimentan ciclos de erosión y acumulación en intervalos de tiempo y grados de intensidad muy variables, vinculados a la disponibilidad de sedimentos y a la magnitud y frecuencia de las tormentas que afectan la costa. Generalmente, la acumulación de arena en la parte al...
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I. Aspectos Generales Caracterización socioeconómica, población, grado de marginación, poblaciones rurales y urbanas en la zona costera; actividades productivas II. Caracterización del Medio Físico Dinámica marina, caracterización de las playas, alteraciones de fuentes de sedimento, aspectos relevantes de la dinámica sedimentaria. III. Caracterizac...
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I. Aspectos Generales Caracterización socioeconómica, población, grado de marginación, poblaciones rurales y urbanas en la zona costera; actividades productivas II. Caracterización del Medio Físico Dinámica marina, caracterización de las playas, alteraciones de fuentes de sedimento, aspectos relevantes de la dinámica sedimentaria. III. Caracterizac...
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I. Aspectos Generales Caracterización socioeconómica, población, grado de marginación, poblaciones rurales y urbanas en la zona costera; actividades productivas II. Caracterización del Medio Físico Dinámica marina, caracterización de las playas, alteraciones de fuentes de sedimento, aspectos relevantes de la dinámica sedimentaria. III. Caracterizac...
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I. Aspectos Generales Caracterización socioeconómica, población, grado de marginación, poblaciones rurales y urbanas en la zona costera; actividades productivas II. Caracterización del Medio Físico Dinámica marina, caracterización de las playas, alteraciones de fuentes de sedimento, aspectos relevantes de la dinámica sedimentaria. III. Caracterizac...
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I. Aspectos Generales Caracterización socioeconómica, población, grado de marginación, poblaciones rurales y urbanas en la zona costera; actividades productivas II. Caracterización del Medio Físico Dinámica marina, caracterización de las playas, alteraciones de fuentes de sedimento, aspectos relevantes de la dinámica sedimentaria. III. Caracterizac...
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I. Aspectos Generales Caracterización socioeconómica, población, grado de marginación, poblaciones rurales y urbanas en la zona costera; actividades productivas II. Caracterización del Medio Físico Dinámica marina, caracterización de las playas, alteraciones de fuentes de sedimento, aspectos relevantes de la dinámica sedimentaria. III. Caracterizac...
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I. Aspectos Generales Caracterización socioeconómica, población, grado de marginación, poblaciones rurales y urbanas en la zona costera; actividades productivas II. Caracterización del Medio Físico Dinámica marina, caracterización de las playas, alteraciones de fuentes de sedimento, aspectos relevantes de la dinámica sedimentaria. III. Caracterizac...
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Coastal tourism is expanding worldwide, mostly owing to the attraction to relevant ecosystem services such as the scenic beauty and recreational activities. The aim of this study was to analyze the value of these, using hedonic analysis by assessing how prices of hotel rooms are related to the scenic view, location, non-ecosystem amenities, and siz...
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The expansion of human activities and the impacts they have on the coast necessitate decision-making tools that consider ecological, physical and socioeconomic variables, including legal, administrative and technological aspects. This paper presents a group of diverse indicators, which are considered critical in determining management priorities in...
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Low Elevation Coastal Zones (LECZ) are located at less than 10 m above sea level. Because of human encroachment, combined with sea level rise and increased storminess, LECZ are at an increasing risk of flooding and erosion. In consequence, there is a growing need for shoreline protection. Traditionally, hard infrastructure was used, with positive l...
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Martínez, M.L.; Silva, R.; Lithgow, D.; Mendoza, E; Flores, P.; Martínez, R., and Cruz, C., 2017. Human impact on coastal resilience along the coast of Veracruz, Mexico.
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Martínez, M.L.; Taramelli, A., and Silva, R., 2017. Resistance and resilience: Facing the multidimensional challenges in coastal areas. In: Martinez, M.L.; Taramelli, A., and Silva, R. (eds.), Coastal Resilience: Exploring the Many Challenges from Different Viewpoints. Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 77, pp. 1–6. Coconut Creek (Flori...
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This paper aims to highlight the prevailing experiences of Latin America and to clarify what ‘green infrastructure’ entails in addition to describing seven case studies from a range of coastal ecosystems (wetlands, coastal dunes, beaches and coral reefs) at scales varying from local to regional. The case studies are categorised according to their d...
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In this study, we assessed the respective perceptions of academics and decision-makers concerning the relationships (dependence and impact) between economic activities and ecosystem services in coastal environments. Our goal was to explore the potential for achieving informed decisions that are based on an effective and appropriate use of the conce...
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Mendoza, E.; Odériz, I.; Martínez, M.L., and Silva, R., 2017. Measurements and modelling of small scale processes of vegetation preventing dune erosion. In: Martinez, M.L.; Taramelli, A., and Silva, R. (eds.), Coastal Resilience: Exploring the Many Challenges from Different Viewpoints. Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 77, pp. 19–27. C...
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[full article is in Spanish] English In this article we studied the environmental perception of inhabitants of Chachalacas Beach, a coastal village in the central Gulf of Mexico. The views of residents on coastal dunes are described in terms of its specific importance for locals and also the transformation they have sensed over time in this ecosyst...