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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

Degrees

  • 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

Biography

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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Stephanie Jaros, Research Coordinator at Stanford University's Bipolar Disorders Clinic My ACM Costa Rica experience can best be summed up as inspirational. It was the first time I truly felt useful as a researcher, carrying out research that was bigger than me but somehow, made better by my hard work and by that of my team members. Also, I got my first true idea of just how research can go wrong and, in spite of the best-laid plans, can be taken off track by external forces. As a result, I learned the best lesson of social research- what I want to learn and what others want to teach me are often two different things, and the only way to make the best of it is to change my perspective, not that of those who are being kind enough to share their lives with me. The ACM Field Research Program is the only one I know of that truly challenges its students, and I managed to love every second of it.

—Stephanie Jaros, Research Coordinator at Stanford University's Bipolar Disorders Clinic, Costa Rica, Spring 1998

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