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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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John Guittar As a youngish college student with no international experience and a poor track record in Spanish class, I signed up for an ACM semester in Costa Rica eager for a vaguely alien adventure to broaden my horizons. The ACM spring semester program in Costa Rica is unique in that it gives students like me ample freedom to explore a new country on our own terms, while still demanding enough structure and self-accountability to ensure that the semester is productive and successful. My experience studying Scarlet Macaw nesting on the Osa Peninsula was foundational to my future: it led to a peer-reviewed publication, and prepared me for three years of public service and science in Belize, Namibia, Colombia, Ecuador, and the Mojave Desert. Now, as a student at University of Michigan, my Spanish language skills and tropical fieldwork experience will again serve me as I pursue a PhD on the evolution of tropical tree communities in Ecuador. Many thanks, ACM.

—John Guittar, Costa Rica, Spring 2006

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