Fernando is a conservation scientist who focuses on the restoration and health of tropical coastal and marine habitats and the study and conservation of marine migratory species. In 2008 he brought his project, CariMar to The Ocean Foundation’s fiscal sponsorship program. CariMar engages the countries of the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico to work collaboratively in protected shared marine resources. He officially joined TOF in July 2019, becoming part of its portfolio in Latin American and the Caribbean.
During 12 years at Frost Science Museum, he created Museum Volunteers for the Environment, which since 2007 has engaged over 10,000 Miami residents in restoring over 25 acres of mangrove, dune and coastal hammock. Currently he is leading a multinational effort to create a marine protected area network in the Gulf of Mexico called RedGolfo de Mexico. He oversees other projects to protect critical Caribbean habitats and endangered marine species such as elkorn coral, sea turtles and sawfish. He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Oberlin College. Fernando is a Kinship Conservation Fellow and recently became a National Geographic Society Fellow.