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Juan Manuel Rodriguez Baron
Juan Manuel Rodriguez Baron

Juan Manuel (a.k.a. Juanma) is a marine conservationist and the Science Director of the JUSTSEA Foundation. Juanma has 15 years of experience working on finding solutions to the challenging conservation issues of the marine megafauna in Mexico, Panama, and Colombia. He collaborates with the IUCN (IUCN-SSC Marine Turtle Specialist Group MTSG). He is a Ph.D. candidate and a Fulbright Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He received his M.S. in Management of Marine Resources from Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas CICIMAR – IPN, Mexico, and a BSc in Marine Biology from Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, Colombia.

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The Eastern Pacific Leatherback Turtle Conservation Network started in 2012 when over thirty researchers, NGOs, and regional experts came together to develop an action plan to stabilize and restore the leatherback turtle population in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.