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Fernando Bretos, Director
As Director, Fernando Bretos oversees the day to day activities of the Reclamation Project. Mr. Bretos is also a private consultant who specializes in coordinating and managing marine conservation and education programs. He has extensive experience with projects devoted to wildlife conservation, the management of protected areas and to studying marine biodiversity. Mr. Bretos worked for five years with The Ocean Conservancy, a nonprofit marine conservation advocacy organization where he managed the organization’s programs in the Wider Caribbean region. At the Ocean Conservancy he also organized several major international marine expeditions including a biodiversity survey of the Navassa Island National Wildlife Refuge He later worked for four years with the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies on a tri-national marine research program devoted to conserving and understanding Gulf of Mexico marine ecosystems. He has organized major international workshops in sea turtle conservation, coral reef health and marine biodiversity. Mr. Bretos holds a Master’s degree in Marine Affairs and Policy from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science. His master’s thesis was based on sea turtle nesting data in western Cuba.

Bretos is also an avid athlete (Rugby, Biking) and a Shakespearean actor.

 2004 - 2013


Xavier Cortada's participatory art practice is based at Florida International University.

FIU College of Architecture + The Arts

Xavier Cortada
FIU College of Architecture + The Arts
Miami Beach Urban Studios
420 Lincoln Road, Suite 440
Miami Beach, FL 33139

 Reclamation Project 



Native Flags

The Reclamation Project and Native Flags are participatory eco-art projects by FIU College of Architecture + The Arts Artist-in-Residence Xavier Cortada.  

In South Florida, they are presented in coordination with our project partners:

FIU Office of University Sustainabiity
MDC Earth Ethics Institute

Copyright 2006-2013 
Xavier Cortada