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Researchers and Staff

  • Center Director and Senior Research Fellow

Madrigal, Róger

Róger Madrigal is Center Director and 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”. He is the academic coordinator of the M.Sc Program in Economics, Development and Climate Change at Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE). His current research deals with community-based management of water resources in the face of climate change.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Alpízar, Francisco

Francisco Alpízar is Senior Researcher and former Director of Research at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) in Costa Rica. He is also a Senior Research Fellow of the Environment for Development Initiative.  His research explores incentive based approaches to improve private and public management and use of natural resource.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Mercado, Leida

Leida Mercado is the Leader of the Development, Economy and Environment Research Program at CATIE. Previously she leader of the Mesoamerican Agroenvironmental Program (MAP) also at CATIE, her work with MAP was focused on increasing the resilience to climate change at several scales in two Central American territories using the Climate-Smart Territories approach.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Robalino, Juan

Juan Robalino is Senior Research Fellow of the Environment and Development initiative Center for Central America. He is also Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP). His fields of specialization are environmental economics, applied microeconomics and development economics. His current research deals with spatial econometrics and policy evaluation.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Piaggio, Matías

Matías Piaggio is Senior Research Fellow of the Environment and Development - Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (EfD - CATIE) and Associate Professor at Professor at the Universidad de la República (Uruguay, on leave). He is PhD in Applied Economics from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain) since June 2013, and has been consultant for UNDP and the World Bank.

  • Senior 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).  

  • Junior 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.  

  • Junior 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

Cardenas, Helena

Helena Cardenas is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with specialization on Economic Development. She received her M.Sc. degree on Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Concepcion, Chile.

  • Junior 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.

  • Communication Officer and Junior 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. 

  • Junior Fellow Researcher and PhD Student

Capitán, Tabaré

Tabaré was a research assistant at EfD-CA  from 2012 to 2016. He worked mainly on farmer's adaptation to climate change, water availability and climate change, fisheries, and payments for ecosystem services. He is currently a PhD Student in Economics at the University of Wyoming, focusing on behavioral, environmental, and food economics. He is still working with EfD researchers in topics related to Marine Protected Areas and Community Water Organisations. Link to his personal webpage: tabarecapitan.com

  • Junior Research Fellow

Pacay , Eduardo

Eduardo Pacay is a forest engineer with a M.Sc. in Environmental Socioeconomics from Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), Costa Rica.  He works on impact evaluation of environmental conservation policies and programs, using spatial econometric analysis.

  • 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.  

  • Administrative and secretarial support

Delgado, Lizette

Lizette Delgado provides administrative and secretarial support to the Environment for Development Initiative Central America. She coordinates all the logistics and gives research support to all EfD Central America projects. She is currently the Program Officer of the Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP).

  • Secretarial support

Castro, Andrea

Andrea Castro provides administrative and secretarial support to the Environment for Development Initiative Central America. She coordinates the logistics and gives research support to all EfD Central America projects. She currently gives secretarial support to the Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP).