Manuel Antonio Iturralde Vinent

Birthday: July 10, 1946. Place: Cienfuegos city, Cienfuegos, Cuba

LAST WORKING PLACE

Retired from Museo Nacional de Historia Natural, Obispo No. 61, Plaza de Armas, La Habana Vieja 10100, Cuba,

Email: Iturralde@ceniai.inf. cu, maivcu@gmail.com

DEGREE

Geologist, Universidad de Oriente, Cuba, 1975

Ph.D. Instituto Superior Politécnico J. A. Echeverría, 1995

SCIENTIFIC POSITION

Retired Senior researcher, National Museum of Natural History, Cuba

Retired Senior Professor, Higher Polytechnic Institute J.A. Echeverría

Academician Emeritus of the Cuban Academy of Sciences

Past president of the Cuban Geological Society (2008-2016)

 

SPECIALTY

Geology, Paleontology and Plate Tectonics of the Caribbean, Karstology, Environmental Geology, Geohazards prevention and public education.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

INSTITUTION

Position

Years

Grupo Espeleológico Martell

Founder

Since 1960

Instituto Nacional de Recursos Hidráulicos

Micropaleontologists

1964-1967

Instituto Nacional de Recursos Hidráulicos

Head of the Geology Department

1966-1967

Instituto Nacional de Recursos Hidráulicos

Head of the Group for Quality Control of Engineer geological Investigations

1967-1970

Instituto Superior Politécnico "J. A. Echeverría"

Assistant Professor and student

1971-1972

Depto. de Geología, Universidad de Oriente

Assistant Professor and student

1973-1974

Instituto de Geología y Paleontología, Academia de Ciencias de Cuba

Researcher up to senior possition

1976-1982

Instituto de Geología y Paleontología, Academia de Ciencias de Cuba

Leader of the Havana geologic mapping Project

1975-1977

Instituto de Geología y Paleontología, Academia de Ciencias de Cuba

Leader of the Camagüey geologic mapping Project

1977-1982

Ministerio de Industria Básica

Leader of the German-Cuban Geologic Prospecting Group

1982-1987

UNESCO Headquarters

Member of the Scientific Board of the UNESCO Geological Correlation Program IGCP

1992-1997

Instituto Superior Politécnico "J. A. Echeverría"

Senior Professor

1987-2011

Museo Nacional Historia Natural

Retired Senior Researcher and curator

1988 - 2011

Association of Geoscientists for International Development AGID

Member of the Council

1996-2000

American Museum of Natural History, New York

Research Associate

Since 1997

Advisor for the National Research Program named: "MacroProyect-- Escenarios de peligro y vulnerabilidad de la zona marino-costera cubana asociados al ascenso del nivel medio del mar hasta el 2100.

Environmental Agency/Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment

2012-2016

 

SCIENTIFIC AWARDS

Environmental National Award of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, 2015, for his dedication to environmental education and geohazard prevention.

State Order "Carlos Juan Finlay " for life scientific achievements, 2003

Medal "Juan Tomás Roig " for more than 40 years of scientific research, 2005

Scientific award of the Cuban Academy of Sciences year 1997, 2006, 2007, 2011

Medal 50 Anniversary of the Cuban Speleological Society, 1990

Medal 150 Anniversary of the Cuban Academy of Sciences, 2011

Award "Antonio Calvache Dorado " of the Cuban Geological Society, 1997

Award "Medal Felipe Poey, for life dedicated to science, 2007

Medal "10 Anniversary Antonio Nuñez Jiménez Foundation for Nature and Men", 2008

Award "Educator of the XX Century", from the Asociación de Pedagogos Cubanos, 2009

National award of the specialized critic 2010 to the book "Geología de Cuba para todos"

Award "Medal Felix Elmuza, of the Cuban Journalist Association, for supporting and participating in the education of journalists in scientific matters, 2013

Medal Anniversary of the Mining and Metallurgical Higher Technological Institute named "Antonio Núñez Jiménez", for supporting the high educational programs of Cuba, 2013

 

RESEARCH INVOLVEMENT

Subject

Institution

Year

Hidrogeological and engineering geological studies

National Institute of Hydraulic Resources

1964-1970

Leader of geological mapping projects in Habana and Camagüey regions

Institute of Geology and Paleontology

1976-1982

Leader of Cuban/German Geological Prospecting Team in Central Cuba area

Ministry of Basic Industry

1983-1987

IGCP Project 364 Caribbean ophiolites and volcanic arcs

Natural History Museum

1993-1997

Origin of Antillean Land Vertebrates

Cuban Natural History Museum and American Museum of Natural History

1990-1999

The K/T boundary in Cuba

Cuban Natural History Museum and University of Tokio

1997-2001

Terrestrial Paleobiota of the Greater Antilles

Cuban Natural History Museum

2000-2004

Hunting Antillean Land Vertebrates, I.

National Geographic Society

1999-2000

Hunting Antillean Land Vertebrates, II.

National Geographic Society

2001-2002

IGCP Project 433 Caribbean Plate Tectonics

UNESCO/IUGS

2000-2004

Cuban Geology, Plate tectonics, Geohazards

Cuban Ministry of Science

2006-2011

Senior advisor for the National Scientific  Program named: "MacroProyect-- Escenarios de peligro y vulnerabilidad de la zona marino-costera cubana asociados al ascenso del nivel medio del mar hasta el 2100.

Environmental Agency/Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment

2012---

 

PARTICIPATION IN INTERNACIONAL SCIENTIFIC EVENTS

1960-1995: International Congress of the Cuban Speleological Society (Speaker)

1966-1999: Caribbean Geological Conferences (submitted abstracts not participating)

1982: International Quaternary Congress (INQUA), Moscow (Speaker)

1987: 24 International Geological Congress, Moscow (Speaker)

1989: First Cuban Geological Congress (organizing committee and Speaker)

1991: Workshop on the western Caribbean geology, Moa (Speaker)

1992: 13 Caribbean Geological Conference, Cuba (organizing committee and Speaker)

1993: Workshop on the western Caribbean geology, Dominican Republic (Speaker)

1993: AAPG Annual Congress, New Orleans (Speaker)

1993: III Rudist International Symposium, Mexico (Speaker)

1994: Field meeting of IGCP Project 364, Jamaica (Speaker)

1995: Workshop of the Italian-Venezuelan-Cuban about ophiolites , Cuba and Venezuela (organizing committee and Speaker)

1995: 14 Caribbean Geological Congress, Trinidad & Tobago (organizing committee and Speaker)

1995: First SEMP Congress, San Pete Beach, USA (Speaker). Leader Field trip to Cuba

1995: Workshop to the geology of western Cuba (organizing committee and speaker)

1995: GSA Annual Congress, New Orleans (Speaker)

1996: Annual Congress of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology , New York (Speaker)

1996: International Dinosaur Simposium Dinofest , Arizona (Speaker)

1996: Workshop of Antillean Biogeography, Washington, DC (Speaker)

1996: Workshop of the group PLATES, Austin, Texas (Speaker)

1996: Congress Cuban Geographic Society , San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (Speaker)

1996: IGCP Project 364, Workshop on Eastern Cuba, Cuba (organizing committee and speaker)

1997: IGCP Project 364, Workshop on Dominican Republic (organizing committee and speaker)

1997: International Convention on Environment, Cuba (organizing committee and speaker)

1997: Annual field workshop of the project 393, Vic, Spain (speaker)

1997: III Symposium of the Cuban Zoological Society, La Habana (speaker)

1998: Workshop on biodiversity and conservation, Cuba (speaker)

1998: III Cuban Geological and Mining Congress, La Habana (Organizing committee and speaker)

1999: Penrose Conference on the marine Eocene-Oligocene transition, Olimpia , USA (Speaker)

2000: 31 International Geological Congress, Rio de Janeiro Brazil (speaker)

2001: IV Geological and Mining Congress, La Habana (Organizing committee and speaker).

2001: GSA Annual Congress, Boston. (speaker)

2002: IGCP Project 433 Field workshop on the Motagua zone, Guatemala. (organizing committee)

2002: 16 Caribbean Geological Conference and IGCP Project 433, Barbados. (organizing committee)

2003: V Congreso Cubano de Geología y Minería , and Field meeting of IGCP Project 433, Cuba (organizing committee and speaker)

2003: 18 Latin-American Geological Colloquiums, Freiberg, Germany (Speaker)

2003: VI International Convention on Environment and Development, La Habana , Cuba (Speaker)

2003: VI Ibero-American Congress of Environmental Education , La Habana, Cuba (Speaker)

2003: MarCuba Congress of Marine Sciences, La Habana, Cuba (Speaker)

2004: Field Workshop of the IGCP Project 433, Costa Rica (organizing committee and speaker)

2004: Primera Convención de Geociencias de la Unión Nacional de Arquitectos e Ingenieros de la Construcción, La Habana. (Invited speaker)

2004: 32 International Geological Congress, Florence, Italy. (Invited speaker)

2005: First Cuban Earth Science Convention ( Vicepresident and Scientific Secretary), La Habana , Cuba.

2005: VI Cuban Convention on Environment and Development (Invited speaker), La Habana , Cuba.

2006: Workshop on Origin of Antillean Biodiversity, Punta Cana , Dominican Republic (Invited Speaker)

2006: Annual Meeting of the European Geophysical Union, Austria (Invited Speaker)

2007: Symposium on Paleontology, Opening Ceremony of the P. J. Bermúdez Laboratory, Caracas, Venezuela (Invited Speaker)

2007: II Cuban Earth Science Convention, La Habana (Organizer committee)

2008: Year of Planet Earth, Global Launch Event, Paris, France

2008: 13th Caribbean Geological Conference, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (oral presentation)

2008: Year of Planet Earth, Latin-American Launch Event, Brasilia, Brazil (Invited Speaker)

2008: Primer Simposio Venezolano de Ciencias de la Tierra, Tahona, Caracas, Venezuela (Invited Speaker)

2009: III Cuban Earth Science Convention (President of the organizing Committee), La Habana March 16-20, Cuba.

2009. Cuban Convention on Environment and Development, Junio, La Habana (Speaker)

2009. Congreso Ciencias del Mar, Octubre, La Habana (Speaker)

2009. International Year of Planet Earth Legacy Meeting, Nov. 19-23, Lisbon

2010. International Convention on Environment and Development, La Habana, (speaker)

2010. International Congress on Disasters, La Habana, (speaker)

2010. Lessons learn from the Haiti earthquake, Santo Domingo, (speaker)

2011. IV Cuban Earth Science Convention (President and speaker)

2011. VIII Cuban Convention on Environment and Development (speaker)

2013. International Biogeography Society Meeting - Miami, Florida

2013. 2nd meeting of the Network for Neotropical Biogeography- Miami, Florida (speaker)

2013. V Cuban Earth Science Convention, La Habana (President and speaker)

2013. Cuban Convention on Environment and Development, La Habana (speaker)

2014. International Congress on Disaster, June, La Habana (speaker)

2015. VI Cuban Earth Science Convention, La Habana (President and speaker)

2015. Cuban Convention on Environment and Development, La Habana (speaker)

2016. Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America in Denver, September. (Key note speaker)

 

PROFESIONAL SOCIETIES MEMBERSHIP

Cuban Geological Society, Since 1979

Cuban Speleological Society, Since 1959

Paleontological Society of America, 1967--1969 and Since 1991

Association of Geoscientists for International Development (AGID), since 1991 until dissolved

Association of Women Geoscientists, since 2013

Geological Society of America, Since 1993

Mexican Paleontological Society, 1995--2005

Dominican Geological Society, Since 1996

Jamaican Geological Society, 1997-2000

Cuban Zoological Society, 1999-2005

Society of Cuban Engineers and Architects, Since 1999

PUBLICATIONS

WEB SITES:

Origen de la Biota Cubana y del Caribe

Biblioteca Digital Cubana de Geociencias