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Costa Rica: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities

San José & field sites, Costa Rica

Local research advisors & potential areas of research

There are a wide variety of student research areas available in Costa Rica, across the humanities,  natural sciences, and social sciences.  These local advisors are an intergral part of the research process.  Research Coordinators Michael McCoy (Natural Sciences) and Daniel Rojas (Social Sciences), together with the Program Director, work with students in small groups and individually to provide overall guidance in the development, implementation, data analysis, and preparation of final papers and presentations of student research projects.  The work of the Research Coordinators enhances the individual guidance provided by the local research advisors.

For more detailed information about potential student research areas and complete advisor biographies, click on the photo or name of each advisor below:

Anabelle Alfaro Obando

Areas of expertise:

Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Epidemiology, Public Health, Administration of Health Care Services

 

Nicolas Boeglin 

Areas of expertise:

International Environmental Law, International Watercourses Management, Human Rights and Environmental Law

Gabriela Calvo

Areas of expertise:

Exploration and Development of Industrial Mining, Environmental Impact Statements, Environmental Administration of Mining Projects
 

Jorge Cortés

Areas of expertise:

Marine Biology, Coral Reef Ecology, Marine Biodiversity

Eliécer Duarte

Areas of expertise:

Volcanology, Natural Disasters

 

Quince Duncan 

Areas of expertise:

Latin American Studies, Literature, Black History and Culture in Latin America, Human Rights issues, Natural and Homeopathic medicine

Paul Hanson 

Area of expertise:

Entomology

 

Hugo Hermelink 

Area of expertise:

Agricultural Economics

Deirdre Hyde

Areas of expertise:

Art and Illustration for Conservation

 

Michael McCoy Colton 

Areas of expertise:

Control of Agricultural Damage by Wildlife Species, Wetland Ecology and Rehabilitation, Tropical Dry Forest Ecology

Helena Molina-Ureña

Areas of expertise:

Fish ecology and conservation, Tropical fisheries ecology, Fish biology and ichthyoplankton, Biological Oceanography

 

Manuel Monestel 

Areas of expertise:

Sociology, Music

Javier Monge Meza

Areas of expertise:
Vertebrate pest management, Ecology of rodents

 

Julián Monge-Nájera

Areas of expertise:
Ecology and Evolutionary Psychology

Mario Morera

Area of expertise:
Cultural interdisciplinary studies

 

Mónica Retamosa 

Areas of expertise:

Wildlife Ecology and Management, Landscape Ecology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Biodiversity Monitoring and Conservation Planning

Bernal Rodríguez Herrera

Area of expertise:

Mammal ecology

 

Carlos Manuel Rodriguez

Areas of expertise:

Law and Environmental Policy, Biodiversity Conservation, Climate Change, Financial Mechanisms, Sustainability

Daniel Rojas

Areas of expertise:

Anthropology, Ethnography, Studies on cultural identity, Indigenous studies

 

Ana Cristina Rossi

Areas of expertise:

Environment, Writing, Indigenous Women

Leslie Ragde A. Sanchez Talavera

Areas of expertise:

Bats Ecology, Forest and Agroecosystem Conservation, Corporate Responsibility, Community Relations, Development

 

Rafael Ocampo Sánchez 

Areas of expertise:

Ethnobotany on useful plants, Domestication of medicinal plants

 

Vivienne Solís Rivera

Areas of expertise:

Conservation and Governance of Biological Resources

 

Monika Springer 

Areas of expertise:

Aquatic Ecology & Entomology, Aquatic Biomonitoring & Conservation

Christopher Vaughan 

Areas of expertise:

Wildlife, Wildlands & Ecosystem Management

     

Costa Rica: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities

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Mark Myers, Associate Professor and head of Ecosytem Studies Program at Northern Iowa University I considered a number of study abroad programs before choosing ACM, and what appealed to me about the Costa Rica Field Research program was that it allowed me to pursue independent research at a single site over several months, rather than "touring" many sites for just a few days at a time with larger groups of students, as was typical of many other programs. The educational "pay-off" of this approach, both in terms of insights gained from the many hours spent in the field and in terms of the language skills and cultural experiences gained from living in a small, rural community, was huge. My experience in Costa Rica was a strong influence in my decision to pursue a graduate degree in Conservation Biology, and many of the experiences and contacts I made laid the groundwork for future projects in Costa Rica.

—Mark Myers, Associate Professor and head of Ecosytem Studies Program at Northern Iowa University, Costa Rica, Spring 1995

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