The late Álvaro Ugalde, founder of the National Park Service in Costa Rica, was a pioneer in the field of land conservation and an inspiration to all who knew him. As a biologist and world-renowned conservationist, Álvaro’s work helped transform Costa Rica. His vision and passion for the Osa Peninsula were contagious and he continued to fight for the Osa and Corcovado National Park until his last day.
His tenure on the board of Osa Conservation made us a better organization and we are forever grateful for his leadership and his contribution to us and to the world.
Osa Conservation, with the support of the blue moon fund, has created two funds to honor the memory of Alvaro and to continue his life’s work. The Álvaro Ugalde Scholarship Fund will provide small grants to young people studying and working in the field of conservation. The Campaign for Corcovado will support efforts to strengthen Corcovado National Park and remove illegal gold miners threatening the integrity of the park.
Board and Staff Leadership
Chairman | Adrian Forsyth, PhD
Treasurer | Bill Abraham
Member-at-large | Craig Thompson
A lifelong conservationist, Craig Thompson has worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for almost 30 years. He also holds Adjunct Faculty appointments in the biology departments of two universities in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Craig is active in the national and international conservation communities and keenly interested in working with birders to advance conservation across the Americas. He also has an inordinate fondness for cheese.
Manuel Alonso Martinez
Anna Maria Oduber
Craig Thompson (Chairman)
Osa Conservation Staff
Juan Carlos Cruz Díaz | Feline Program Coordinator
Karla Funes | Conservation Experience Manager
Renee Mckeon | Co-Executive Director
Melinda Housholder | Grants and Outreach Associate, Washington DC
Pablo Largaspada | Conservation Experience Assistant
Agustín Mendoza | Land Stewardship and Maintenance
Manuel Sánchez | Research Assistant and Sea Turtle Program Coordinator
Paola Vargas | Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator
Dr. Luis Esteban Vargas-Castro |Director of Citizen Science