Author Archives: Ana María González Angel

Outreach event at DSC!

This past weekend we had a very successful outreach event with the help of our visiting interns at the Discovery Space, which is a local children’s museum. We had a total of 45 people come learn about coral reefs by touching samples, playing games, and having fun! (Photo credits: Colin Howe)

We welcome our first Bridge students!

This summer the Iglesias-Prieto, Baums, and Medina Labs from Penn State will be hosting 3 students from USVI through our Bridge to PhD program. Collin, Kathryn, and Akacia will be learning from each lab’s area of expertise in an intensive 8 week period. We hope this program motivates them into continuing their education with a PhD, and perhaps joining us here at Penn State!

The Heroic Reef documentary (El arrecife Heroico)

We are currently working on a very special reef in Cartagena, Colombia known as “Varadero reef”. This reef is special due to its amazing coral cover despite the environmental conditions around it for the past few hundred years. Unfortunately, this reef is within the optimal route of a new canal dredging project and may be lost. We are working in collaboration with the Vega Thurber Lab in Oregon State University, and local Colombian scientists from academia and NGOs to learn more about this reef. Our partners in OSU have recently released a short documentary about this reef that we recommend. We are calling this, The Heroic Reef.


Estamos trabajando en un arrecife de coral muy especial en Cartagena, Colombia cuyo nombre es “Varadero”. Este arrecife es especial dada su magnífica cobertura coralina a pesar de las condiciones ambientales que sufrido desde hace ya varios siglos. Desafortunadamente, este arrecife está ubicado en medio de la ruta óptima planeada para la expansión del Canal del Dique y tememos perderlo en la construcción. Asi que estamos trabajando en colaboración con el laboratorio Vega Thurber de la Universidad del Estado de Oregon (OSU), científicos colombianos y ONGs para aprender más acerca de este arrecife. Recientemente nuestros compañeros de OSU han publicado un documental y los invitamos a verlo con subtítulos en español aqui: El arrecife heroico.

Mónica’s interview at Universidad Javeriana

Mónica visited our collaborators in Colombia and was interviewed at the Universidad Javeriana. She had an opportunity to advocate for the value of reef biology studies and the particular case of Varadero Reef in Cartagena. You can listen to her interview in Spanish here.

In additon, if you are interested in learning more about Varadero you can read about it on a Wikipedia page our undegrad Alaina started putting together for English audiences.