Ana Flavia Roldán Ramos. Photo: Courtesy of the interviewee

From a very young age, she was curious about science and wanted to find a way to understand the natural processes that exist in today's world. She is Ana Flavia Roldán Ramos, a young Cuban scientist who currently works in the Environmental Processes, Modeling and Geomatics Group at the Center for Environmental Studies of Cienfuegos (CEAC).

Ana graduated last year with a Bachelor's Degree in Geography from the University of Havana and immediately began her social service in January of this year at CEAC. Through this center he has collaborated with institutions such as the Center for Marine Research (CIM), Center for Environmental Studies and Services of Matanzas (CESAM), Center for Environmental Studies and Services of Villa Clara (CESAMVC) and the Botanical Garden, just to name a few.

For the young geographer, studying science implies having access to a solid scientific education, with an emphasis on theoretical and practical training.

"Doing science today in our country is a challenge due to the economic context in which the island finds itself. However, Cuba has research institutions and programs that promote scientific development in various areas, such as CEAC and CIM, as well as wide possibilities for international collaboration in scientific projects," confirms Ana Flavia.

Since his connection with the CEAC in the 2nd year of his degree, he has perfected his professional skills and developed new ones. Roldán Ramos also affirms that with this center the possibilities of personal and professional improvement have been numerous, based on its participation in conferences, scientific congresses, international events, training courses and the opportunity to contribute to national and international research.

Projects such as Bojeo a Cuba, EcoAtlas and ECOTONO have allowed him to expand his skills in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), oceanography and environmental studies.

Projects such as Bojeo a Cuba have allowed Ana Flavia to develop as a professional. Photo: Courtesy of the interviewee

"In Bojeo a Cuba I took samples for hydrochemical analysis of the waters of the Cuban marine platform, for the conservation and management of coral reefs and large predators around this entire platform in the country. I prefer to work in areas that have to do with geoinformation technologies, as they are very effective means of knowing, evaluating, identifying and studying not only ecosystems, but the environment in general," says Ana.

Related to her improvement and specialization, Ana confirms that she intends to specialize in remote sensing sciences in specific topics such as mangrove ecosystems, blue carbon capture. Regarding its importance, he explains:

"These are very interesting and important topics worldwide, because geoinformation technologies are making it possible to study and evaluate ecosystems with great reliability and speed, and they also allow us to save resources."

Working in science has not only increased Ana Flavia's professional skills, but has also significantly influenced her personal development.

"I have acquired communication, expression, organization and management skills. In addition, it has allowed me to foster critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and the development of analytical skills."

For many young professionals, doing science is not an easy task: it involves sacrifice, commitment, but above all patience and perseverance to continue improving in all possible areas. Ana is no exception and has taken advantage of every opportunity to acquire learning in different fields of her specialty.

Among his professional aspirations are obtaining a doctorate, directing research projects, participating in international collaborations, academic teaching and many others, all with the aim of contributing to science in his country.