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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

 

Deirdre Hyde

Areas of expertise:

Art and Illustration for Conservation

Michael McCoy

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

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

 

Vivienne Solís Rivera

Areas of expertise:

Conservation and Governance of Biological Resources

 

Monika Springer 

Areas of expertise:

Aquatic Ecology & Entomology, Aquatic Biomonitoring & Conservation
     

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

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Sarah Jane Algar My semester in Costa Rica with ACM was hands-down the most exciting, interesting, and formative semester of my college years. In one semester, I absorbed more Spanish, Costa Rican culture, and knowledge of ecology and the scientific process than I knew possible. Personally, I pushed myself out of my comfort zone in the security of the supportive ACM staff and my host family and gained self-confidence and independence while seeking out the adventure I craved. The ACM Costa Rica Field Research Program is unique among Costa Rica study abroad semesters in that they guide you, with the support of a mentor, in an independent research project that has the potential of being published. In my case, I was told that my first-author publication was a deciding factor in my acceptance to graduate school, where I received my Ph.D. in Zoology. It worked out well for me, since it was my experience in this program that fostered my passion to pursue graduate school in the first place.

—Sarah Jane Algar, Costa Rica, Spring 1997

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