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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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Raluca Oprinca My decision to study in Costa Rica proved to be amazing, and the trimester I did there was the best term in my college career! I don't know of any other study abroad program that my school offers where you can do hands-on research under the close supervision of an adviser and receive help from so many other people. Not to mention the invaluable Spanish skills I gained from my class and from the prolonged conversations with my host family members and my "tico" friends. The paper I wrote was already accepted for a presentation at an international conference and has high chances of being published in a scientific journal, which I believe is a great early beginning for my career as a researcher. I am really glad I decided to join this ACM program in this heavenly country!

—Raluca Oprinca, Costa Rica, Spring 2010

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