In the waters off the coast of the southern Caribbean island of Curacao, Smithsonian marine biologist Carole Baldwin leads the Deep Reef Observation Project (DROP) — a Smithsonian effort to explore life on poorly studied tropical deep reefs and monitor changes in these ecosystems over time.
Smithsonian scientist Melanie McField is the Founder and Director of the Healthy Reefs for Healthy People program at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.
Catherine Potvin is a professor in the Department of Biology at McGill University and an associate scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
Cristina Diaz-Carrera is Curator at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Since joining the Center in 2007, she has worked on several Folklife Festival programs, including México (2010), Campus and Community: Public and Land-grant Universities and the USDA at 150 (2012), Colombia: The Nature of Culture (2011), and PERÚ: Pachamama (2015). In early 2013, Cristina became the Folklife Festival production manager.
Olivia Cadaval is Curator and Chair of Cultural Research and Education at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Since joining the Center in 1988, she has curated numerous Smithsonian Folklife Festival programs including El Rio (2000), México (2010), Colombia: The Nature of Culture (2011), and PERÚ: Pachamama (2015).