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Join The Explorers Club on Monday, October 31st to learn about the history and future of Cuba’s coral reefs.

Since 1970, the Caribbean has lost half its coral reefs, an ominous and accelerating phenomenon reflected around the world. Marine scientist and conservation leader Dr. David E. Guggenheim has had a front-row seat to this disaster, recently detailed in his new book The Remarkable Reefs of Cuba: Hopeful Stories from the Ocean Doctor. But when he began a new chapter of his career in Cuba he found something completely unexpected: hope. After years of watching reefs deteriorate, Guggenheim was astonished to come face-to-face with Cuba’s remarkably healthy coral reefs overflowing with marine life.

Why are Cuba’s ocean waters so healthy? The answer is deeply entwined with the country’s extraordinary and singularly unique history, from its dramatic political past to its world-class environmental protections influenced by an unlikely partner, Jacques Cousteau. Guggenheim tells the story of the demise of the world’s ocean ecosystems, the hard work of those trying desperately to save it, and an unexpected beacon of hope from an island full of mystery and surprise.

Streaming live here on, our YouTube Channel, and our Facebook Live — Monday, October 31st at 7:00 pm ET.


This will be an in-person lecture at Explorers Club Headquarters, and we are opening a number of tickets to guests.

In-person tickets are $15 for Members, and $30 for the General Public.

Check-in will begin at 6:00 pm, with a beer and wine reception from 6:00 – 7:00 pm


David Guggenheim

Dr. David E. Guggenheim is a marine scientist, conservation policy specialist, ocean explorer, submersible pilot, documentary film maker, author and educator. He is the founder and President of the Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization, Ocean Doctor, dedicated to ocean research and conservation. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University where he authored and teaches the university’s first class on ocean stewardship and conservation.

Guggenheim has worked in Cuba for more than 20 years leading collaborative research and conservation efforts focused on coral reef ecosystems. His work has been covered by 60 Minutes, CNN, Good Morning America, MSNBC, PBS Newshour, NPR and the New York Times. He previously served as Vice President at Ocean Conservancy, President & CEO of The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Co-Chair of the Everglades Coalition, Chair of the Great Whale Conservancy and President of the Friends of Channel Islands National Park.


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