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Faculty & Staff

The ACM faculty, staff, and research advisors in Costa Rica have wide-ranging expertise and experience, as well as strong academic credentials, to support you in every phase of your coursework and independent research project.

Dr. Javier Espeleta, Director of the Costa Rica programs, is an ecologist and environmentalist who has been a leader in innovative and interdisciplinary projects in research, education, and outreach with a variety of universities and organizations in the US and Costa Rica, including the University of Washington, Biosphere 2, and the Tropical Science Center in San José.

Prior to the start of the program, and as the program begins, Dr. Espeleta will be in contact with you to discuss possible research topics and sites, and will match you with a research advisor to guide you in your independent project.

The program’s local research advisors are experts in their fields and are drawn from academic institutions, businesses, government agencies, and non-governmental and international organizations in Costa Rica.

The program’s Spanish Language Coordinator, Dr. Mario Morera, leads the course in Spanish Language and Culture that will prepare you with the language skills and vocabulary that you’ll need during your fieldwork. He has taught Spanish and a variety of courses related to Costa Rican culture and society to US college students for two decades, placing current events and issues in the context of the region’s development through history.

Javier Espeleta

Javier Espeleta

Program Director

Marco Castro Rodriguez  

Marco Castro Rodriguez

Academic Coordinator


Mario Morera

Spanish Language Coordinator


Iveth Duarte

Building Attendant