Luis Zambrano was born in Tampico, Mexico, and earned a degree in biology from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He obtained his doctorate in ecology at UNAM, studying the effects of carp on benthic communities in experimental ponds. Zambrano’s research specialities are aquatic ecology and restoration. A founding member of the Mexican Society of Limnology and a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, Zambrano since 2000 has studied the axolotl’s amazing regenerative abilities and is spearheading an effort to protect and restore the dwindling numbers of wild axolotls in Mexico City.