Laguna Bacalar Institute
Dedicated to Conserving the Pristine Ecology of Laguna Bacalar Bacalar, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Laguna Bacalar is one of the unique, world class freshwater lakes on earth. Its clarity and some of its life are more similar to the Caribbean than is found in any other lake in the world.

The Maya called Laguna Bacalar the Lake of Seven Colors for its varying shades of turquoise and blue.
Scientific Symposium Proceedings, 2009
View the powerpoint presentations of speakers presenting at the symposium,
and also the symposium agenda.

Laguna Bacalar International Holistic Symposium, 2010 Thanks to all for a successful three day symposium held on January 8, 9, & 10, 2010. Presentations and breakout participatory groups included: Breath, Water/Earth Interfacing, Shamanic Bodywork, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, Hypnosis, Tragering, Cranio-sacral Therapy, Ortho-Bionomy, Aquatic Healing, and much more.
Laguna Bacalar Research
Prospective research will focus on the ecology and biogeochemistry of Laguna Bacalar. The project title is: Laguna Bacalar Sublacutrine Ecology and Biogeochemistry: the influence of cenote coupling.
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Mexico's 2nd largest natural lake, 35 miles long with turquoise freshwater, white beaches, cenotes, jungle, mangroves,  unique ecology, culture, and history. One of the world's true natural treasures.

The Institute's mission is the conservation of Laguna Bacalar and to enhance its recognition as a world class lake. The Institute promotes the interlacing of scientific based operations, conservation groups, and promotes local and regional education. Focusing attention to this unique Mexican natural treasure through stewardship, educational, and scientific activities will enhance the preservation of Laguna Bacalar as economic development progresses. To do nothing will accelerate the gradual degradation of Laguna Bacalar and loss of this world treasure.
Mission
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Mission Goals
Learn more about Laguna Bacalar
  Cenote Azul
The background may look like the sky and clouds but is in fact Laguna Bacalar
Contact the Institute:   info@LagunaBacalarInstitute.com
35 Miles of Unprecedented Beauty and Scientific Intrigue
The Bacalar Complex
Lake of Seven Colors
Giant 'Stromatolites' of Laguna Bacalar
View these life forms and find out more from Professor Michael Gibson's symposium presentation. Additional information can be found above under Scientific Symposium Proceedings, 2009.
Many of the local Bacalar residents are just finding out the significance of these "Living Rock".
Jerry 'River' Kaster
Director
Polly Gropen
Administrative Director
International Stromatolite Symposium, January 13 -14, 2012
The Laguna Bacalar Institute is hosting the International Stromatolite Symposium, Jan 2012, in Bacalar, Mexico.
Laguna Bacalar Microbialites, from Gibson, Gischler, Oschmann presentation, 2009
ADVISORY BOARD
Jorge Chavez de la Peña
Ecoturismo TAP, AC.
Insurgentes 86 C - 4 Ote.,
Col. Centro, Ixmiquilpan, Hgo.
Mexico
jorgechavez142004@yahoo.com.mx



Michael A. Gibson
256 Brehm Hall
Dept. of Agriculture, Geosciences, & Natural Resources
University of Tennessee at Martin
Martin, TN 38238 USA



Mercedes Alejandra Ojeda Carrillo
Cancun, Quintana Roo
Bacalar, Quintana Roo
Mexico
mercedesojedac@gmail.com



Martin Guadalupe Maas Vargas
Invertebrate Ecologist
Laboratorio de usos multiples del COBACH Bacalar
Bacalar, Quintana Roo
Mexico
marmaas@yahoo.com



Ramon Carlos Aguayo
Marine Ecologist
Bacalar, Quintana Roo
Mexico
hidro2@hotmail.com
.Travel to Laguna Bacalar
The interface is a moment of transition, the blending of one thought into another, until an action blisters from it.
Explore where you have not before journeyed.

Martin Maas
Local Programs
"When Children Change A Community..."
Engaging children to change their community through hands-on investigative science.

For more info contact River Kaster at jlk@uwm.edu
A Special Initiative
Diana Guaneros Art
www.dianaguarneros.com 

Local Artist:
Bacalar/Cancun
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Winterim 2012
Laguna Bacalar: Exploration of a Mayan Ecosystem
An aquatic research experience in Mexico's Southern Yucatan Peninsula
Proceedings of the International Stromatolite Symposium 2012