The Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean
History of the AMLC

A historical perspective of the AMLC was contributed by Dr. Ivan Goodbody at the 25th Scientific Meeting of the AMLC, hosted in 1992 by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panamá. This paper may be accessed here:

1992 History document

At the 33rd Scientific Meeting in St. Thomas USVI in 2007, which celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the AMLC, two of our earliest members were presented with Honorary Lifetime Memberships honoring their contributions. The awardees were Dr. Juan A. Rivero, the founder of the AMLC [originally the Association of Island Marine Laboratories], and the first Secretary-Treasurer, Dr. Juan G. González Lagoa, both of whom contributed mightily over many years to development and continuity of the AMLC. We are grateful to Ernest H. (“Bert”) Williams, Jr. and Lucy Bunkley-Williams who researched the backgrounds of the two honorees, and who recorded the honorees’ insights and observations concerning AMLC’s colorful history. These informative and interesting commentaries may be accessed here:

Dr. Juan Rivero

Dr. Juan G. González Lagoa

For a colorful and entertaining history of the AMLC logo, read this article detailing its evolution by Bert and Lucy Williams.  They have also written an article about the Association’s scientific meetings that highlights the diversity of the hosting institutions.

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