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Central America

  • Associate Research fellow

Muñoz, Carlos

Carlos L. Muñoz Brenes is Domestic Associate of the Environment and Development Center for Central America.

  • Assistant Professor

Pieters, Janneke

Janneke Pieters is Assistant Professor at the WU Development Economics Group, and Research Fellow at IZA. Before joining Wageningen University, she was Research Associate at IZA.

  • RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Arriagada, Rodrigo

Rodrigo Arriagada is Assistant Professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Director of the Research Nucleus Center for the Socioeconomic Impact of Environmental Policies (

  • Associate Research fellow

Cardenas, Jose Mario

Jose Mario Cardenas is an agronomist with a M.Sc. in Tropical Agroforestry, and a specialization in Development Practice at CATIE.

  • Research Felllow

Salas, Ariana

Ariana is a Research Assistant at EfD-CA since May 2015. She has been collaborating on a variety of research projects related to the Payment for Environmental Services (PES) in Costa Rica, turtles’ bioeconomic models and strategic policy review of environmental development in the Central American Region.  She holds a BA in economics from the University of Costa Rica and a master’s degree from the Erasmus Mundus Master Program on Sustainable Territorial Development.

  • Junior Research Fellow

Contreras, Lucía

Lucía Contreras is junior research fellow at the Environment and Development initiative Center for Central America.

  • Research Associate

Preonas, Louis

Louis Preonas is currently a PhD student at University of California, Berkeley, in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

  • Research Associate

Sills, Erin

Erin is a professor of forest economics and coordinator of international programs in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University, and a research assoc

  • Research Fellow

Piaggio, Matías

Matías Piaggio is Research Fellow of the Environment and Development - Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (EfD - CATIE) and Associate Professor at Professor at the Universi

  • Associate Research fellow

Martínez, Ruth

M. Ruth Martínez-Rodríguez received her PhD in Environmental Anthropology from the University of Georgia, and also holds a Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Sciences from EARTH University. She works at Conservation International as project manager for CASCADE (Ecosystem-based Adaptation for Smallholder Subsistence and Coffee Farming Communities in Central America), a project carried out with CATIE. Also, she teaches at the School of Anthropology of the University of Costa Rica on ethnobiological and environmental topics.

  • Research fellow

Moraes, Chelsia

Chelsia Moraes is an agronomist with an M.Sc. in Management and Conservation of Tropical Forests and Biodiversity. Chelsia is a Research Assistant in the Environment for Development Central America since October 2013 and works for the "Water for human consumption, communities and climate change: expected impacts and adaptation in Central America" Project.  

  • Research Fellow

Viguera, Bárbara

Bárbara is a Spaniard specialist in forestry. She holds a M.Sc. in Sustainable Management of Forest Resources from the University of Valladolid, Spain, and has engineering background. She has experience supporting research in different topics as social adaptive capacity to climate change, and forest dynamic and functioning in climate change context.

  • PhD Candidate

Villalobos-Fiatt, Laura

Laura is currently enrolled in the PhD program at the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg. Her areas of interest include development, public policy, environmental and health economics, labor, spatial economics, and treatment effect models.

  • Senior Research Fellow (Associate)

Imbach, Pablo

Graduate of Agronomy at the University of Costa Rica, with a Masters in Integrated Watershed Management CATIE.

  • Associate Research fellow

Saborio-Rodriguez, Milagro

Milagro Saborio-Rodriguez is a senior research fellow at EfD-CA. She received her Ph.D. from Penn State University and  a M.Sc degree from University of Concepcion, Chile. Currently, she is a senior researcher in the project CASCADE (Ecosystem-based Adaptation for Smallholder Subsistence and Coffee Farming Communities in Central America).  

  • Communication Officer and Research Fellow

León, Eugenia

Eugenia  is Communication Officer and Research Fellow for the Environment Development Initiative for Central America (EfD-CA) at the Economics and Environment for Development Research Program - CATIE. Eugenia holds a Master's degree on  Developing Economies from the National University of Costa Rica. 

  • Research Associate

J. Ferraro, Paul

Paul J. Ferraro is Professor of Economics at the Department Of Economics in Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.

  • Research Associate

Pfaff, Alexander

Alexander Pfaff is Associate Professor of Public Policy, Economics and Environment  at Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy.

  • Junior Research Fellow

Capitán, Tabaré

Tabaré is a Junior Research Fellow at EfD-CA, currently working as a research assistant for Center Director Francisco Alpízar. He holds a BA in economics from the University of Costa Rica and is working on his dissertation to complete a Licenciate at the same institution.” Some of the research projects that hes collaborated on are in the fields of Water and adaptation to Climate Change, Adaptation to Climate Change in agriculture, fisheries and Marine Protected Areas.

  • Secretarial support

Castro, Andrea

Andrea Castro provides administrative and secretarial support to the Environment for Development Initiative Central America.

  • Administrative support

Vargas, Alberto

Alberto Vargas provides administrative support to the Environment for Development Initiative Central America. He organizes the accounting and gives support to all EfD Central America projects. His tasks and responsibilities are the monitoring and implementation of budgets; assist in financial reporting and reimbursement of expenses.  

  • Research Associate

Rivera, Jorge

Jorge Rivera is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management and Public Policy at George Washington University. Currently, he is also a Visiting Research Fellow at CATIE in Costa Rica.

  • Research Associate

Di Falco, Salvatore

Salvatore Di Falco is Professor in Environmental Economics, Economics Department at the University of Geneva and Research Associate at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and th

  • Administrative and secretarial support

Delgado, Lizette

Lizette Delgado provides administrative and secretarial support to the Environment for Development Initiative Central America.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Madrigal, Róger

Róger Madrigal is a senior research fellow at EfD-CA. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Freiburg in Germany. His Ph.D. dissertation is titled “Collective action towards the use and management of natural resources in Costa Rica”.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Martinsson, Peter

Peter Martinsson is a professor in behavioural economics at the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Carlsson, Fredrik

Fredrik Carlsson is a professor of economics at the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg.

  • Coordinator RFF EfD and Senior Research Fellow

Blackman, Allen

Allen coordinates Resources for the Future's participation in EfD. His research has focused principally on tropical deforestation and industrial pollution in Latin America and Asia.

  • Center Director and Research Fellow

Naranjo, Maria Angelica

Maria A. Naranjo is the Director and Research Fellow for the Environment and Development Center for Central America. She is currently finishing her PhD.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Alpízar, Francisco

Francisco Alpízar is Director of Research at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) in Costa Rica.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Robalino, Juan

Juan Robalino is Senior Research Fellow of the Environment and Development initiative Center for Central America.

EfD-CA Seminar Series: Ecological economics from Costa Rica to the world

Ecological economics combines natural and social sciences to understand the interactions between people and nature.  In this talk, I will introduce the work of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont.  Many of our research priorities overlap with those of CATIE and present opportunities for collaboration.  As an example, I'll describe a decade of

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