A Living Time Machine: Cuba’s Remarkable Coral Reef Ecosystems and the Hope They Offer Florida and the World
Dr. David E. Guggenheim is founder and president of Ocean Doctor, a non-profit conservation organization in Washington, DC, where he is in his 19th year leading research and conservation efforts in Cuba focused on coastal communities and protecting coral reef ecosystems. He began his career teaching at Seacamp in the Florida Keys which cemented his love for coral reefs and his dedication to protecting them. His work has been featured on 60 Minutes with Anderson Cooper, on the PBS Nature series, PBS NewsHour, NPR and many other broadcasts and publications. While 50 percent of the Caribbean’s corals have vanished since 1970, many of Cuba’s marine ecosystems remain spectacularly healthy, a Jurassic Park-like experience with healthy coral reefs teeming with endangered species seldom seen elsewhere in the Caribbean, including bountiful sharks and grouper. Dr. Guggenheim takes us on a journey to Cuba – include the little-known Isle of Youth – to explore why its ecosystems remain so healthy and what’s being done to ensure that Cuba doesn’t repeat the mistakes made elsewhere in the Caribbean over the past half century.
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