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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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Claire Pitstick Participating in the ACM Costa Rica field research program helped me grow in many ways. I significantly improved my Spanish skills and my confidence in communicating with native speakers; I felt like a member of the family in my urban and rural host families; I learned how to propose, conduct, analyze, and present a public health research project; and I ventured out of my comfort zone almost daily as I talked to many new people, struggled to figure out the bus system, interviewed teachers, tried new foods, and was immersed in a new culture. Throughout the semester, I learned so much about this beautiful country, the friendly people, the rich culture, and myself. It was an incredible and unforgettable experience, and I will definitely utilize the skills and knowledge that I gained in my future career as a physician.

—Claire Pitstick, Costa Rica, Spring 2014

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