The Americas

Associated Projects

Jamaica, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Ecuador, Belize, Nicaragua, Cuba

Conserving Migratory Birds: Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (SMBC)

Belize, New Zealand, Panama, Australia

Protecting Endangered Mangroves around the World

Honduras, Colombia, Myanmar

Marine Conservation Program

Papua New Guinea, Mexico, Canada

Recovering Voices

People

Carole Baldwin and lionfish sashimi. Photo Credit Barry Brown

Carole Baldwin

Curator of Fishes, National Museum of Natural History

In the waters off the coast of the southern Caribbean island of Curacao, Smithsonian marine biologist Carole Baldwin leads the Deep Reef Observation Project (DROP) — a Smithsonian effort to explore life on poorly studied tropical deep reefs and monitor changes in these ecosystems over time.

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Tom Mirenda

Former Orchid Collection Specialist, Smithsonian Institution
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Melanie McField

Director, Healthy Reefs for Healthy People program, National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian scientist Melanie McField is the Founder and Director of the Healthy Reefs for Healthy People program at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

Javier Mateo-Vega

Javier Mateo-Vega

Research Fellow, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Catherine Potvin.

Catherine Potvin

Associate Scientist, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Catherine Potvin is a professor in the Department of Biology at McGill University and an associate scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. 

Photo credit Daniel Sheehy.

Daniel Sheehy (Dan)

Former Director, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Dan Sheehy was Director and Curator of the nonprofit record label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and oversaw the Folkways collections of the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections.  

Photo credit Cristina Diaz-Carrera.

Cristina Diaz-Carrera

Curator, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Cristina Diaz-Carrera is Curator at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Since joining the Center in 2007, she has worked on several Folklife Festival programs, including México (2010), Campus and Community: Public and Land-grant Universities and the USDA at 150 (2012), Colombia: The Nature of Culture (2011), and PERÚ: Pachamama (2015). In early 2013, Cristina became the Folklife Festival production manager.

Photo by María Angélica Rodríguez Ibáñez.

Olivia Cadaval

Curator, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Olivia Cadaval is Curator and Chair of Cultural Research and Education at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Since joining the Center in 1988, she has curated numerous Smithsonian Folklife Festival programs including El Rio (2000), México (2010), Colombia: The Nature of Culture (2011), and PERÚ: Pachamama (2015).

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