Since 2007, I have led a project toward the research and conservation of manatees in Cuba. My goal is to contribute to the recovery of this endangered manatee population through a conservation strategy implemented through increased scientific knowledge, institutional capacity, and community awareness. I am associated with different scientific and conservation societies such as the Cuban Zoology Scientific Society, the Cuban Society for Protection of Nature (Pro Nature), the Meso-American Sirenia Specialist Regional Group. I am a research associate with Sea to Shore Alliance NGO. I serve as the scientific coordinator of the Manatee Monitoring Program for the Cuban National System of Protected Areas. Currently I am a PhD student in Interdisciplinary Ecology at the University of Florida.