At Sea, Cuba

Jan 01, 2018 - Harmony V

Today we traveled from Casilda Bay toward Siguanea Bay on the southwestern coast of Isla de Juventud. Since our guests could not leave the ship we had various activities spread out through the day. Our first activity was a lecture by Berit Solstad who presented “Cuba’s Seas and Shores”, a lecture that covered ocean life, currents, coral reefs, and much more. The second activity was a Domino lesson in “Viradito” by our Cuban guide Juan Jose. Right before lunch Fabio Esteban presented the talk “Photography 101: an Introduction to Photographic Techniques.” Later in the day we had two additional lectures: the first one by Juan Jose was titled “The History of Cuba” and the second one, by Fabio Esteban, was titled “Advances in Cave Research in Cuba”.  After dinner there was a movie, Yank Tank, and all went to sleep. 

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Fabio Amador

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Fabio (Fe) Amador is a Senior Program Officer for the National Geographic Society/Waitt Grants Program, which is dedicated to funding exploratory research around the world. He has traveled and worked extensively throughout Latin America and is presently collaborating with research projects in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, Peru, El Salvador, and Madagascar. He has also traveled regularly to Cuba over the past five years on educational and scientific missions for National Geographic. As a trained archaeologist, his interest in Taino Indian culture (which spanned the Greater Antilles, including Cuba) is focused on the sacred landscape and the use of caves for ritual activity. In his role at National Geographic, Fabio uses imaging and visualization technologies to provide new ways of capturing data and to document the experience of conducting research and exploration. His initiative in supporting worldwide research has resulted in a workshop titled The Art of Communicating Science. This capacity building initiative is aimed at students, scholars, explorers, government agencies, and stewards of the cultural and natural patrimony, so that they can be trained in how to develop, design and use imaging technology to document, protect, and communicate the importance of their heritage through exploration, discovery, and storytelling. Fe's continued effort in communicating science has allowed him to use photography, cinematography, and other multimedia tools to reach large audiences through his public lectures at universities, presentations at international scientific and professional symposia, publications in scholarly journals and on National Geographic’s Explorers Journal and NatGeo News Watch online blogs.

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