I have recently stepped down as Director of the Center for Marine Research, University of Havana (CIM-UH). I am now holding an associated faculty position at CIM-UH and also heading the Marine Conservation Research Group. I am also an Associate Senior Scientist for the Sea to Shore Alliance, and am the Thematic Editor of Journal for Marine Research. Since 1995 I've co-authored refereed and non-refereed publications and attended as a participant, assisted with the organization of, and presented posters or oral presentations at conferences and workshops locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally (Mexico, USA, Jamaica, Canada, Dominican Republic, Barbados, Romania, China, EUA, New Zealand). As Director of CIM, I was able to significantly expand the collaborative partnership with many institutions nationally and worldwide, including US institutions. At this moment, CIM has ongoing projects involving workshops, field courses, research expeditions, human capacity building, and faculty exchange between both countries. Other partnerships and collaborative work includes universities, NGOs, and research centers from Canada, UK, Mexico, France, Brazil, Spain, Belgium and Germany. Since 2006 I've been responsible for organizing scientific work and supervising research with several visiting Canadian and British colleges and universities every year as part of existing collaboration agreements and Operation Wallacea Expeditions. The design and implementation of marine protected areas is the leading application of ecosystem-based marine management worldwide. I'm interested in researching how to better assess effectiveness of Marine Management Area designations, and how it relates to perception and realization of socio-economic benefits by people.
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