WHO WE ARE
FUNDEMAR is an organization dedicated to promoting the sustainable use of coastal marine ecosystems and resources through research, education, and support for the development of conservation projects. It has a multidisciplinary technical team of biologists, ecologists and educators capable of carrying out actions and projects with scientific rigor as well as a network of local and international volunteers with a vocation for service, who make their knowledge, resources and efforts available to the organization in support of the organization's objectives.
Since its foundation in 1991 by Professor Idelisa Bonnelly, FUNDEMAR has consolidated strategic alliances with national and international organizations.
FUNDEMAR has the ability to influence and mobilize actions and opinions on key aspects of its mission such as: conservation of ecosystems and coastal marine resources at the national level and their protection in alliance with local communities.
BS. marine biology and marine science
MASTER in environmental management
Rita is part of the founding team of the existing program, she started as a volunteer in 2005 for the protection of dolphins in Bayahibe. In 2009, she led the establishment of the FUNDEMAR research center and in 2011 the development and establishment of the reef conservation program, becoming executive director in 2015.
Yulissa, a native of Bayahibe, began her dedication to the conservation of local environmental resources at the age of 10 and in 2015 she became a FUNDEMAR staff member where she performs various functions from administrative activities to coordination and participation in the institution's marine activities.
Marine Operations Coordinator
Alido, a native of Bayahibe and a fisherman by profession, is part of the founding team of the existing FUNDEMAR program. Since 2006, he has been key to the development of the marine conservation programs, leading the monitoring of marine mammals and the restoration of reefs, thanks to his innate ability and his great knowledge of the area.
Biology student Autonomous University of Santo Domingo
Since 2017, Andreina has participated in FUNDEMAR activities as a volunteer with commitment and dedication. Her training with leading coral reef research institutions has given her vast experience in coral restoration issues. In addition to leading the collection of scientific data, Andreina supervises and coordinates various FUNDEMAR programs.
Juan R. Adrien
Juan Roberto, a local fisherman, is a captain and reef restoration technician. His dedication and dedication to FUNDEMAR projects have been key to scale up our marine conservation efforts.
BS. biology with a focus on ecology, evolution and behavior
Maria joined FUNDEMAR as a volunteer in 2017. Thanks to her passion for the sea and conservation together with her high level of commitment, she joined the team in 2018, where she now concentrates on advancing and sharing marine research focused on coral restoration efforts.
MSc. marine science and limnology
With more than 8 years of experience in research focused on scleractinian corals, Sergio joins FUNDEMAR as a consultant and key specialist technician in sexual reproduction of corals and larval rearing. In addition to advancing current FUNDEMAR research, Sergio studies the recovery of ecological and structural functions in coral restoration in his PhD studies.
Marine Mammal Program Coordinator
Technician in Biological and Biochemical Analysis