Lorena Villanueva Almanza studied a B.S. in Biology at the Science College at UNAM, as well as a Masters in Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. track on Botany and Plant Sciences at the University of California Riverside. Her passion for the Baja California Peninsula has led her to study the origins and ecology of native and introduced plants in some of the oases of the region. For Lorena, the study of these plants and their interactions with the human populations of the area are important for their best use and for the design of conservation strategies.
Lorena has published several papers about her work as a taxonomist and has been distinguished with the prestigious Conacyt-UC MEXUS scholarship to complete her doctoral studies. The partnership between Mexico's National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) and UC MEXUS fosters academic exchange and scientific research between Mexico and the United States through a scholarship program.
Lorena is interested in environmental history and the traditional use of plant resources in the oases of Baja California Sur, as well as environmental education.