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Student: Manuel H. Garcia Cartagena

Name: Manuel F. Olmeda Saldaña

Campus: University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez Campus

Rank: Third Year(Junior)

Major: Biology


Narrative: I grew up in Utuado, Puerto Rico in a farm where I helped to pick up plantains, oranges and avocado pears. My passion for the environment grew during my membership in the

4-H Club, of which I am still a volunteer leader. In the year 2010 I represented Puerto Rico in the National 4-H Congress which took place in Atlanta, Georgia. In that same year, I decided

to obtain an Open Water Scuba Diving License to witness the marine world with my own eyes. Two years later I took the Advanced Scuba License and Enriched Air Nitrox License courses.

I was a catechist for three years at the Saint Michael Church, mainly working with teenagers and troubled youth. I enrolled at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, coursing a Biology

Major which has expanded my vision of how I can improve and conserve natural resources.


Skills: Adaptable to any environment and or work conditions. Leadership skills. Excellent interpersonal skills. Bilingual: Fluent in Spanish and English

Short Term Goals: Finish my Biology bachelor’s degree at UPR Mayaguez Campus and have career experiences that help me develop my professional skills.


Long Term Goals: Course a Master’s Degree in Marine Biology, and Doctorate degree working in investigations related to Coral Reefs, Sponges and Conservation of Wildlife.


Research and/or Outreach project:

• Research:

• Bioconversion of glycerol to ethanol (August 2013-December 2013)

• Sorting of sediment samples from Caribbean MCEs (August 2013-December 2013)


Hydrology workshops (GLOBE)(August 2013-December 2013)

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