The Institute undertakes research in the fields of marine science and limnology. It forms human resources of the highest level in these disciplines. Research results are publicized in specialized journals of the largest possible impact. It connects to society through agreements and contracts to develop studies of national importance.

Academic organization:
The Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnologia (ICML) is organized in 5 academic units: three in Mexico city, one in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, and another in Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo. It also has a station in Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche and has access to two of the largest oceanographic vessels in the country, which are under UNAM’s care. The different work groups study more than fifty lines of research, with a fair number of national and international collaborations.

The institute extends toward society through academic collaboration agreements and contracts with different institutions and companies, with the purpose of collaborating for the solution or assessment of problems within its areas of competence.


The ICML has several service units that support research:

  • Electron scanning microscope
  • Computer
  • Grain size analyses
  • Marine chemistry
  • Ciudad del Carmen station

Graduate level:
One of the main activities of the ICML is represented by its graduate programs in marine sciences and limnology, They include a masters and doctorate program, in which several areas of UNAM, as well as a fair number of external advisors, participate. The program offers an excellent opportunity to form researchers and support personnel.

Field of Focus
Research in Marine Sciences and Limnology