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Fabio Esteban Amador is an archaeologist, science communicator and visual artist. He uses visualization tools to get people excited about seeing, understanding and preserving their world and history. He is currently using gigapan technology, underwater imaging systems and aerial photography and video to capture art and culture around the world. Lately he has focused in the development of a new concept, strategy and workshop called the Art of Communicating Science, aimed at using creativity and visual technologies in exploration, discovery and story telling.

He started his career as an art student at the School of Visual Arts in NYC and followed his interests in becoming an expedition artist by graduating as an archaeologist from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Lately, he has focused on the archaeology and exploration of caverns in Quintana Roo, Mexico, photo-mosaicking shipwrecks in Latin America and the Caribbean and capturing images and video from aerial platforms to document archaeological sites to create digital elevation models. Amador’s continued effort in communicating science has allowed him to use photography, cinematography and other multi-media tools to reach large audiences through his public lectures at universities, presentations at international scientific and professional symposia, publications in scholarly journals and on National Geographic’s Explorers Journal and NatGeo News Watch online blogs.

Currently, he is a senior program officer for the National Geographic Society / Waitt Grants Program, promoting and coordinating scientific and exploratory research around the world. He is also an associate research professor at George Washington University and Executive Director and President of Fundacion OLAS, an organization devoted to capacity building for Latin American scholars dedicated to the study and preservation of the submerged cultural heritage.

Inner-space Mission to the Bottom of the Ocean

  An extraordinary expedition was announced recently at the Museum of Natural History in NYC.  At the center of it all is the newly designed Exosuit, a robotic dream created by Nuytco Research, the latest generation of atmospheric diving systems which protects the pilot  from the effects of high pressure.  The Exosuit will work together…

NatGeo’s 1st. Archaeology Student Award in Guatemala

The International Maya Symposium held every year in Guatemala City brings the best archaeological discoveries of the season to the National Museum.  It is a gathering of academics, scientists, epigraphers, the public and archaeology students that currently participate in research projects.  Thanks to an initiative by Missions Programs SVP Sarah Laskin and EVP Terry Garcia,…

Ancient Words: Deciphering an Ancient People and Their Language in El Salvador

Who Were the Ancient Mountain Dwellers of Coastal El Salvador?   It’s difficult to recognize and understand the meaning of ancient texts, words, symbols and the messages they contain.  This is not only due to the very complexity of systems of communication, but mostly because we often don’t see them. During the holidays, I had…

Kaxil Kiuic: A Model for Conservation in the Yucatan Peninsula

Many of the indigenous species of the Yucatan Peninsula are slowly disappearing. These range from the formidable jaguar to the colorful motmot and countless animals that play important roles in their habitats. Not only are these species indicators of the health of the planet, but they have also been fundamental icons of power, sacredness, purity,…

Deep Blue Rendezvous: Submersible Alley

The BLUE Ocean Film Festival is a seven-day gathering of filmmakers, ocean scientists, conservationists, and award winning marine photographers and cinematographers.  BLUE’s primary goal is educational for the most part, but it also offers networking opportunities for underwater and ocean related collaborative projects.  A gathering of experts and explorers…and the future of ocean exploration. Star…

Ocean Space Habitat: A new concept is born

Dawning of a New Era I recently had the opportunity to interview explorer and NGS/Waitt grantee Michael Lombardi, following a successful deployment of a newly designed underwater portable habitat. Habitats have been used since the 60’s as inner space stations to conduct experiments and evaluate human behavior and physiology while spending long stays underwater.  These…

Love and War: The Essence of Luminosity

When I think of luminosity I think of the brightness of the sun or associate it with technology, light bulbs, light emitting diodes, and of course, the energy sources that make it possible. In many ways, creating light has promoted the “nightlife” or our ability to see, signal, and interact in darkness.  Just a trip…

Diving the Cavern Zone – part 2

Training to Dive the Cavern Zone I was so anxious the get in the water, but I knew that I must first demonstrate proficiency in the skills necessary to pass the course and most importantly, the stay alive and enjoy this wonderful world. We decided that the best course for us was the one offered…

Diving the Cavern Zone – part 1

Diving the Cavern Zone – part 1 People and Cenotes The Yucatan Peninsula is a world-class cave diving destination due to countless labyrinths of underground tunnels that characterize this region. In fact, three of the largest underwater cave systems in the world have are located here and have been mapped by an incredible community of…

Conservation wins out over Aphrodisiac

A Tiny Nation Making a World of a Difference In the small country of El Salvador, VIVAZUL, an organization dedicated to educating people in saving turtles is making an important impact in marine life conservation and the education of coastal communities in having a positive role in saving turtles. Enriqueta Ramirez, a marine biologist, conservationist…

Walking in the Clouds

What do a forest ecologist, a photographer and a cinematographer have in common? A deeply rooted passion for education, art and conservation!

Roll Over America, Here Come the Velos!

The classic bicycle tour across the United States just got better – a world premiere of velomobiling. 5000 km, four weeks, fifty riders from Europe and North America

The Meaning of Words: New Evidence of Ancient Maya History

Maya hieroglyphic stairway discovered at El Palmar in Campeche, Mexico. There are only twenty of these reported in over five thousand documented sites in the region. A spectacular find that may shed light into a new type of sacred space among the ancient Maya.

Journey Into Inner Space: Conquering The Abyss

There’s no question that human ingenuity and knowledge are initially crafted by our imagination. And when we look at the ocean, we are limited physiologically and can only perceive the surface of an enormous dark abyss, the stuff of mythology, fiction and dreams. Mysterious, deep, and profoundly important to our survival, the extent we can…