Mariela’s Field Notes: ¡Llegue a la Universidad de Puerto Rico!


Mariela Declet-Perez, a Project Lead of the DUNAS project, is back with another update from the field. Read about Mariela's meeting with students at the University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras.

¡Llegue a la Universidad de Puerto Rico!

Made it to the University of Puerto Rico!

La Universidad de Puerto Rico es el sistema universitario más antiguo de Puerto Rico. En estos momentos está pasando por problemas administrativos de nivel gubernamentales, pero eso no le quita el espíritu característico de luchar y ayudar al pueblo de Puerto Rico. En este caso visite el recinto de Río Piedras el hogar de los Gallitos y Jerezanas. A la misma fui invitada por la asociación estudiantil de antropología. Los estudiantes que asistieron mostraron interés en el trabajo y les encantó la idea de formar parte de este. Entre lo que pude hablar con los estudiantes durante el almuerzo están sedientos de experiencia en el campo y poder ayudar directamente comunidades.

The University of Puerto Rico is the oldest college system of Puerto Rico. At this time the University is going through administrative struggles at governmental levels, but this does not diminish their characteristic fighting spirit in favor of the people. On this occasion I had the opportunity to visit the Río Piedras Campus, home to the “Gallitos” and “Jerezanas”. The students who assisted in the conference were engaged and liked the idea of forming part of the DUNAS project. I even had the opportunity to have lunch with some of the students and they are thankful for the opportunity to collaborate with the community and with us.

Parte de los asistentes a la presentación en UPR-Rio Piedras y yo.

Some of the students that attended the conference at UPR Río Piedras and me.

Me llena de suma alegría poder ofrecerles oportunidades a estudiantes puertorriqueños para adquirir experiencia en un proyecto de este calibre interdisciplinario. En el cual van a poder ver de primera mano como personas de diferentes disciplinas trabajamos en conjunto en la recuperación de las dunas. Las cuales no solo protegen o albergan especies en peligro de extinción, nos protegen del embate de las olas producidas por tempestades o marejadas, sino que también protegen nuestra historia.

I feel happy to be able to give the opportunity to the students of Puerto Rico to work on an interdisciplinary project like this, in which they will have the chance to see first hand how people from different disciplines work together for the restoration of the sand dunes. Sand dunes not only protect or host endangered species, they also protect us from storm surge and protect part of our history.

Revised by Astrid Declet

Learn more about the DUNAS project here.

www.climatesciencealliance.org/dunas

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