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César Sánchez

César Sánchez

César Sánchez (Field Research Coordinator) is a native of Costa Rica. Since he was a child he has been interested in nature, whether it meant catching insects or handling amphibians and reptiles. As an adult he has found an interest in teaching in the classroom, in the lab, or in nature. His interests led him to combine his biology studies with working as a nature guide, taking tourists all across Costa Rica. His experience as an admirer of nature, along with his interests in the ecology and evolution of tropical species, led him to travel across the Americas in order to understand the diversity of life across the region. This experience has not only led to a will to share this information in different forms, but also encouraged new interests.

His interests led him to pursue a career in biology at the Universidad de Costa Rica, where he mostly worked as curator assistant at the Museo de Zoología. Later on, and after some years mostly working as a naturalist guide, he moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he started a Ph.D. program in Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, at the Museum of Natural Science, Louisiana State University. Here he worked both as a teaching assistant on various introductory courses for undergraduate studies as well as a curator in the museum. His research largely focused on the origin and diversification of lowland rainforest birds of southern Central America. Making use of distributional and genetic data, he aimed to understand the evolutionary history of a set of forest birds. César will be defending his dissertation in the near future.

Upon returning to Costa Rica, he has been working as a professor and in consulting on projects related to climate change adaptation, biodiversity, and conservation. Since 2016, he has been an instructor for the ACM-Costa Rica spring and fall semester programs. He aims to introduce students to the experience of living and studying in a tropical country, but also to immerse the students in a broad learning experience.