Dr. Nelida Abarca

+49 30 838 50 152
+49 30 838-4 50 152
Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem
Freie Universität Berlin
Königin-Luise-Straße 6-8
Curriculum vitae 
  • 1994 - 1999 Diploma in Biology at Michoacana of San Nicolas of Hidalgo University, Mexico. (Diploma-Thesis: „Pleistocene Evolution of the Paleolake of Zacapu, based on the Register of the Fossils Diatoms“).
  • 2000 - 2002 Master in Management and Conservation of Natural Resources, at Michoacana of San Nicolas of Hidalgo University, Mexico. (Master-Thesis: „Environmental Fluctuations of the Patzcuaro Lake in the Quaternary and its relation with the Vulcan-Tectonic Evolution“).
  • 2004 - 2009 PhD at the BGBM. Thesis: „ Diatom Community Analysis and Quality Assessment of the Polluted Tropical Lerma River (Mexico)”.
  • Since 2010 Postdoc at the BGBM, since 2019 also Curator for the algal herbarium with focus on diatoms.
Research interests 
  • Diatoms as bioindicators
  • Taxonomy of diatoms
  • Changes in the biodiversity of freshwater diatoms
  • Generating Biological Indicators for Environmental Management: Diatom Indices of the Lerma River Catchment (Mexico)
Honours and awards 
Promotionsstipendium zur wissenschaftlichen Aus- und Fortbildung in Deutschland: Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) und des Mexikanischen Forschungs- und Technologierats (CONACyt)