International scientific collaboration has helped to overcome the knowledge gaps in the largely vast and unexplored Mexican deep sea. Important processes, new habitats, new species, and some unique genes have been described from collaborative research cruises in the ETP and Gulf of California. Telepresence experience, knowledge transmitted through teaching and mentoring to students, work at sea and in the lab, inspires and creates a new generation of ocean professionals. Knowledge generated from collaborative scientific research is used for decision making for conservation and sustainable use of resources. This collaboration has provided a better understanding of regional biodiversity and strengthened natural history collections and institutional databases in the long term. The latter include bathymetric and environmental data, images, and videos whose long-term storage has been secured. These collaborative efforts ensure that specimens and data are accessible for current work and future generations, while long-term archives provide valuable, unique information.
Speaker: Elva Escobar-Briones
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