Cuba’s Coastal Communities:

Partnering to Save Cienfuegos Bay

photo of Cienfuegos Bay, Cuba

photo of María Elena Castellanos González
María Elena Castellanos González Professor, University of Cienfuegos and Researcher, Center for Environmental Studies of Cienfuegos, Cuba

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
6 p.m. Lecture

Reception to follow

Richard E. Beaupre Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences
Room 100
URI Kingston Campus

This event is free and open to the public.


For more information contact Karen Sechio at or 401.874.4359.

If you have a disability and need an accommodation, please call
401.874.4359 at least five days in advance. For TTY assistance,
please call the R.I. Relay Service at 711.


María Elena Castellanos González is the principle investigator in integrated watershed and coastal management at the University of Cienfuegos, Center for Environmental Studies of Cienfuegos (CEAC), affiliated with the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Environment of Cuba. Her applied research and teaching at UC focuses on community mobilization and education to foster stewardship of coastal ecosystems. González is a strong advocate for Cuba’s policy of integrated watershed and coastal resources management. She has worked for many years to advance this approach in the Cienfuegos Bay and its sub-basin through integrated scientific research, public education, and student engagement.

Gonzalez holds a master’s degree in ocean management from Dalhousie University, Canada, a second master’s degree in technology and society from the University of Havana, Cuba, and a doctorate in education sciences. Her work has been highlighted at several Coastal Zone Canada conferences, as well as the Iberoamerican Network for Integrated Coastal Management (RED IBERMAR in Spanish), a network of Spanish and Portuguese speaking scientists in Spain and Latin American countries focused on integrated coastal management. She has participated in numerous regional conferences and information exchange events in Latin America, the Caribbean, and North America.

Office of the Provost, Coastal Resources Center, College of the Environment and Life Sciences, Department of Economics, Department of Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Department of Political Science, Graduate School of Oceanography