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

San José & field sites, Costa Rica

Gabriela Calvo

Areas of expertise

Management of Exploration and Development of Metallic and Industrial Mining Projects, Mining Permit Procedures, Environmental Impact Evaluation, Environmental Impact Studies, Environmental License Procedures, Risk Management, Environmental Management of Projects


  • B.S. in Geology, University of Costa Rica
  • M.S. in Geology, University of Costa Rica (Geological Environmental Administration Projects)

Potential student research areas

  • Geological studies for potential garbage landfills
  • Socio-economic studies of artesanal mining
  • Heavy metal contamination evaluation in the San Juan river
  • Analysis of flood vulnerability of the town of Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí


Gabriela Calvo is the former President and Vice President of the Costa Rican Geology Society and has been a professor at the University of Costa Rica teaching courses in the Geology School such as: General Oceanography and Mineral Resources Management, Management of non-Metallic Materials, and Environmental Geology I and II. She has also been an independent consultant for over 20 years, carrying out projects related to environmental impact statements and administration in the geology field.

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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