[Incoming mobility] Avignon University and IMBE welcome Dr. P. Valentina Carrasco Carballido

Research news 12 March 2024

This academic year, Avignon University and the IMBE are welcoming lecturer and researcher Dr. P. Valentina Carrasco Carballido..

A Mexican national, Valentina works at the Autonomous University of the State of Morelos (UAEM), at the Biodiversity and Conservation Research Centre (CIBYC, Centro de Investigación en Biodiversidad y Conservación) in the Sustainable Management for Ecosystem Conservation and Development research team. Her main line of research concerns ecological restoration with the participation of local communities. Valentina will be based at the IUT in Avignon until June 2024. She is receiving support for incoming mobility from Avignon University.

Contacts : carrasco@uaem.mx and patricia-valentina.carrasco-carballido@univ-avignon.fr


"I teach the optional subject "Ecological restoration in tropical ecosystems", which is taught in hybrid mode as part of the Master's degree in Integrative Biology of Biodiversity and Conservation (MBIByC) and the Bachelor's degree in Biology at the Faculty of Science of the Autonomous University of the State of Morelos (UAEM) in Mexico".


"The main objectives of my research are to improve ecological restoration actions with the participation of local communities. In particular, this involves being able to answer questions relating to restoration actions for conservation in or near nature reserves. I am also involved in monitoring compensation measures put in place by government bodies in order to grant operating permits to companies (e.g. mining).

My interest is in working with multi-purpose species that can not only help to restore an ecosystem, but also contribute to the re-establishment of ecosystem services useful to human populations, while keeping in mind the long-term conservation objective. The results are then applied to the conservation management or ecological restoration of ecosystems degraded by intensive agriculture, intensive livestock farming or extraction activities (quarrying, mining)".


  • Since August 2004 - currently: CIByC-UAEM lecturer-researcher.
  • September 2023 - June 2024: Visiting researcher at Avignon University / IMBE.
  • 2022-2023 Coordinator of the Masters in Integrative Biology of Biodiversity and Conservation. UAEM.
  • 2014 - present: Environmental monitoring of the ecological restoration work carried out by the Cementos Moctezuma company as part of the compensation package requested by the SEMARNAT Mexico environmental authorities.
  • 2019-2020: technical manager of CIByC-UAEM's experimental greenhouses.


  • PhD in Natural Sciences, UAEM (2012-2019). "Assessment of natural succession and recovery of ecosystem functions in the Huautla tropical dry forest", PhD direction. Cristina Martínez.
  • Master's degree in Environmental Biology with a focus on ecological restoration, Institute of Ecology, National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM, (2002-2004). "Analysis of the germination, establishment and vegetative propagation capacity of a group of Tuxtlas species", PhD direction. Rodolfo Dirzo.
  • Degree in Biology, National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM (1995-1999). "Interspecific variation in herbivory in plants of contrasting phenology in the Huautla low forest", PhD direction. Rodolfo Dirzo.

Other training courses

2004: Ecología de la Floresta Amazónica Proyecto Dinámica Biológica de Fragmentos Florestales- Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas de la Amazonía. Manaos, Brazil. With a grant.

2007-2008: Sistemas de Información Geográfica, Dr. Valentino Sorani, UAEM


English: Bilingual education in primary and secondary school. English language course at Durham, England Language School, 1991.

French: Franco Mexican High School 1992; CELE UNAM 1995-1999, Private classes 2018-2023.

Portuguese: Comprehension, 2003-2004 CELE UNAM.

Recognition and awards

SNI Candidate Researcher Level, Stimulus Level II, Desirable Profile, Honorable Mention "Faustino Miranda" 2003.

 Completed internships

  • David Antonio Zúñiga. 2011. Evaluation of the survival of tree species in ecological restoration areas, adjacent to springs, in Los Tuxtlas, Veracruz. Thesis of Técnico Superior Universitario. Universidad Veracruzana.
  • Eleuterio Vara Benítez. 2010. Germination of tree species with ecological restoration potential in low deciduous forests. Degree thesis, Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas, UAEM.

Co-directed by completed

  • Rojas Robles Gerardo Antonio. 2020. Effect of restoration plantations on nitrogen and phosphorus concentration in litter and mulch in secondary vegetation of a seasonal forest, Quilamula, Morelos. Degree thesis, Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas, UAEM. Co-direction Dra. Martínez.

Direction in progress

  • Amalia Alicia Perdomo Rangel. Master's thesis in Biología Integrativa de la Biodiversidad y la Conservación CIByC. Evaluation of ecological restoration in areas disturbed by quarries in the Sierra de Monte Negro, Morelos, Mexico".
  • Estefanía Hidalgo Contreras. Master's thesis in Integrative Biology of Biodiversity and Conservation CIByC. Semester VI. "Evaluation of the effect of soil fertility on the performance and phenology of Sideroxylon capiri (Sapotaceae) in ecological restoration sites in the tropical deciduous forest of the Sierra de Monte Negro, Morelos".   

Assessment and monitoring

  • From 2004 to 2024 participation in the assessment committees for 3 doctoral theses, 3 master's degree reports and 14 bachelor's degree reports.
  • From 2004 - 2024 participation in committees monitoring 2 doctoral theses, 3 master's degree reports and 20 bachelor's degree reports