Attendees from left to right: Margarita Gallegos Martínez*; Héctor Ocampo Alvarez*; Ana L. Ibañez*; Francisco Javier Ordoñez Gazca*; James D. Simons, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, TX, USA; Luis Gerardo Abarca-Arenas**; Iliana Pérez Espinosa*; María Trinidad Sosa Medina, Laboratorio de Patologia Acuatica, Departamento de Recursos del Mar, CINVEST TAV-IPN, Unidad Mérida, Mexico; Porfírio Álvarez Torres, Gulf of Mexico Proyecto, Mexico; Silvia Díaz Ruiz*; Francisco Arreguin Sánchez, Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas, CICIMAR; Arturo Aguirre León, UAM-Xochimilco, Mexico City, Mexico; Jorrit Poelen, EOL's GloBI, Oakland, CA, USA; Jonathan Franco López, Laboratorio de Ecologia, Facultad de Estudios Superiores de Iztacala, UNAM; Enrique del Callejo Canal**
*UAM-Iztapalapa, Depto. Hidrobiología, Mexico City, Mexico
**Universidad Veracruzana, Instituto de Investigaciones Biologicas, Mexico
On May 23, 2013, Jorrit Poelen was invited to give a presentation about EOL's GloBI project at a marine biology meeting organized by James D. Simons and Ana L. Ibañez at UAM-Iztapalapa in Mexico City. The presentations by James D. Simons (GoMexSI: A Species Interaction Database), Jorrit Poelen (Encyclopedia of Life's Global Biotic Interactions—Unleashing EOL's Interaction Datasets), Francisco Arreguin Sánchez (Using Trophic Information to Identify Ecosystem Evolution and “Ecosystem Reference Levels” for Management of Living Marine Resources: Challenging the Conventional Paradigm), Silvia Díaz Ruiz (Food-Web Structure under Two Time Scales) and Enrique del Callejo Canal (Alternative Stochastic Processes in Food Webs) provided valuable insights into the structure of marine trophic data and how analysis of aggregated trophic datasets helps deepen our understanding of the Gulf of Mexico marine ecosystems. This understanding is critical to the preservation of marine life. The interdisciplinary meeting at UAM-Iztapalapa helped stimulate research collaborations by providing access to a vast library of existing species-interaction datasets. And with input from the citizen-science community, EOL's GloBI can play a critical role by continuing to facilitate data sharing and making aggregated data accessible.
Big thanks to Jim and Ana for organizing this inspiring meeting!