Cuba: Explore 21 Expedition

CBC Director Dr. Ana Porzecanski was among the leaders of a joint expedition by AMNH and the Cuban National Museum of Natural History (MNHNC) to Alejandro de Humboldt National Park, in Cuba.

This historic expedition is ongoing, and is part of the Museum’s Explore 21 initiative. Researchers from both institutions, along with Park staff, conducted an intensive faunal survey in the Park on the northeastern end of the island, with a focus on selected invertebrate groups, non-avian reptiles, amphibians, bats, birds and their blood parasites.

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The trip was highly collaborative and fostered cross-disciplinary learning, as well as exchange with and training of the Park staff, and Forest rangers. Preliminary results include the discovery of spiders and insects potentially new to science, as well as several range expansions for species not previously known to occur in this sector of the Park. 

            

Watch the talk by Dr. Porzecanski and fellow explorer Dr. Angelo Soto-Centeno on the Explore 21 Expedition to Cuba and the new avenues for scientific collaboration on the island at one of the museum's SciCafe events.

Learn more about the CBC's research and conservation work in Cuba.