Curator of Ecology at Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science
I am the director of MuVE at The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, a volunteer-based habitat restoration project that empowers South Florida residents to restore urban coastal ecosystems such as mangroves, dunes and tropical hardwood forests. As Curator of Ecology I am also helping design marine science based exhibits for a 250,000 square foot state-of-the-art museum and aquarium where the Museum will move to in 2016.
Miami, FL 33129-2832
United States of America
Fernando Bretos directs the Cuba Marine Research and Conservation Program. He is the son of Cuban Peter Pan migrants who left the island as teenagers in 1961. Throughout his career he has collaborated on major marine biodiversity expeditions, coral reef health studies, and marine wildlife conservation programs. Fernando also directs the Trinational Initiative for Marine Science and Conservation in the Gulf of Mexico and Western Caribbean, a multinational program initiated in 2007 to restore coastal and marine resources shared by the three nations of the Gulf of Mexico: Cuba, Mexico, and the United States.
Since 1998 his work has built bridges between Cuba and the U.S. through joint research on marine resources shared by countries that are separated by only 90 miles of ocean. The biological links between these countries are considerable, particularly in a marine context where ocean currents pay no heed to international maritime borders or embargoes. The larvae of fish, coral, and crustaceans as well as migratory sea turtles, sharks, and marine mammals flow between the countries, depending on healthy habitats for survival. The US lies upstream from Cuba and hence depends on Cuban biodiversity for the health of its coastal habitats from south Texas to coastal Massachusetts.
Fernando was formerly the Director of MuVE at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, a volunteer-based habitat restoration project that empowers South Florida residents to restore urban coastal ecosystems such as mangroves, dunes, and tropical hardwood forests. A 2011 Kinship Fellow and 2010 Audubon Together Green Fellow, he holds a master's degree in marine affairs and policy from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Oberlin College.