Centro Tortuga was developed to connect students at two undergraduate-focused institutions in Puerto Rico, Universidad del Turabo (UT) and Universidad Metropolitana (UMET), with research experiences in the marine sciences that are more frequently carried out at large universities. In collaboration with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, professors and students at UT and UMET engage in year-round activities to build basic research skills, field camps that introduce students to the challenges and excitement of working in coastal ecosystems, and professional development activities such as personal statement writing, science communication, and networking. Students are given opportunities to carry out research themselves, exposure to marine science professionals through seminars, internships, and travel to national meetings.

Centro Tortuga is committed to developing partnerships among research and non-research institutions and government and nonprofit institutions to build a sustainable and effective education center focused on Puerto Rico’s coastal ecosystems. The project includes a diverse interdisciplinary team of scientists and educators from both the mainland United States and Puerto Rico. The team and center are committed to increasing marine science learning opportunities for underrepresented and underserved students.

For more information about our program, please contact:

Pedro M. Maldonado Rivera
Universidad Metropolitana
Coordinador Programa de Ciencias de Cómputos
Escuela de Ciencias y Tecnología
(787) 766-1717 ext. 6132
um_pmaldonado@suagm.edu

Maria F. Barberena Arias
Universidad del Turabo
Escuela de Ciencias Naturales y Tecnología
(787) 743-7979 ext. 4336
mbarberena1@suagm.edu