Her love for the natural world and commitment to conservation and her country's own biodiversity encourages her to be a passionate, full-time working mom. She leads by example with integrity, honesty and positivity to constantly empower and encourage OC´s team to give their very best.
As the Director of Conservation Programs, she leads OC’s regional conservation programs. As a senior management team member, she oversees strategic direction, organizational development, and performance during a period of significant growth at the organization.
She is an avid traveler, passionate wildlife illustrator, and graphic designer. After living in Southeast Asia, she has a sweet spot for Asian wildlife, food, and culture.
Her role is to ensure the Conservation Campus continues to be a top facility for researchers, student groups, and volunteers, while offering stellar experiences to visitors. Gabriela is passionate about maintaining and protecting over 7000 acres of land supported by an incredible local team.
Gabriela has a particular interest in invertebrates, especially caterpillars and corals. She is also an amateur photographer and certified diver.
He began his first contributions to conservation in the 1990s when he volunteered with sea turtle projects at Santa Rosa National Park. He later consolidated his experience to focus on ecosystem relationships between terrestrial and marine human activities.
In 2022, Marco received the Disney Conservation Fund Award, an honor given to individuals profoundly committed to biodiversity preservation.
He is now applying his skills to Osa Conservation’s Movement Ecology program - leveraging next generation tracking technology and traditional field techniques to understand how scavenger communities function in the Osa and beyond.
Chris is passionate about open access science, reproducible research and doughnut consumption.
After two years leading our arboreal bridge, camera trapping, and other wildlife monitoring projects, she utilized her significant experience to assume her current role as Wildlife and Conservation Tech Manager. She is currently initiating a rewilding project in Costa Rica, where she works to take our restoration efforts to the next level.
Lucy grew up in the temperate rainforest in the USA Pacific Northwest, where she found her roots in environmental sciences. Prior to moving to the Costa Rican rainforest, Lucy worked as a reporter on science and the environment for numerous news outlets in Oregon. Her work has been featured by National Geographic, The Seattle Times, US Daily, La Nacion, La Republica, and more.
He now dedicates his efforts to community outreach and forest restoration projects in several sites of the Coto Brus Region of southern Costa Rica. Under this project, Rodrigo will lead agricultural sustainability, tree restoration and connectivity between existing forest patches and agricultural landscapes.
Associate Researchers & Advisors
Eleanor is a Scientific Exploration Society Explorer, and currently works on our Movement Ecology program in Peru and Costa Rica, where she aims to understand predator and scavenger movements, wildlife health, and ecological interactions in two landscapes. She is currently completing a master's degree in Biodiversity, Wildlife, and Ecosystem Health at the University of Edinburgh.
Conservation Programs Team
Maria José Mata Quirós
Bárbara Sellés Ríos
Jose David Rojas
Karla Quispe Ramos
Socorro Avila Araya
Kenneth Barboza Navarro
Linda Lopez Abuchar
Huberth "Chonga" Almengor Mora
Eduardo Fabrizio Tubelli
Douglas Nuñez Marin
Fraydany Rodriguez Duran
Alvis Aragón Hernández
Arnoldo Sibaja Madriagal
Jordan Jiménez Solano
Juan Carlos Torres Zuñiga
Leander Umaña Prendas
Yeudin Perez Mora
Jonathan Carpio Elizondo
Jesús Morales Delgado
Renzo Ruben Rosales Soto
Greivin Chacon Coronado
Elías Eduardo Obando Guevara
Jesús Adonay Vargas Jiménez
Alexander Eduardo Obando Vargas
Kevin Carballo Gonzalez
Hafet Rosales Umaña
Conservation Campus Team
Andy Diaz Moraga
Carol Umaña Corrales
Eduardo "Pipo" Jiménez
Christian Dagoberto Hidalgo
Jose Angel Montiel
Administrative & Financial Team
Jose Luis Orlich
Fernelli Araya Brenes
Johanna López Morales
Board of Directors
Local Field Guides
The Osa Peninsula is home to an incredible array of biodiversity, and our team works closely with local guides to encourage immersive experiences in nature. Contact us ahead of your visit to reserve these excellent guides. Because their schedules fill quickly, we recommend reserving a guided session during your initial booking, or as soon as possible.
In 2003, he worked for a Stanford University avian research study which took place in his home town, San Vito. The study sparked a new interest and passion in him: birds. Since then, he has worked as a Nature Guide with an emphasis on bird watching in the Osa Peninsula.
Whenever possible, he's traveled to other countries in order to increase his knowledge of flora and fauna.
He is a birding specialist and an environmental educator.
Since he was born and raised in this area of Costa Rica, he is also very knowledgeable about all the nature that surrounds the Osa Peninsula, including plants, insects, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. He can identify a great majority of what we see in our tours, and he can tell you about their behavior and life cycle. Please never hesitate to ask questions, as it is one of his biggest pleasures to share knowledge and learn even more.
He is a naturalist guide at the Lapa Rios Lodge Hotel and has a general guide license. He has knowledge about flora and fauna of the Osa Peninsula, as well as its history and culture. He does bird tours, nature walks, night walks, and some cultural tours. He is in the process of specializing in birds and herpetology. He is also specializing in photography and video to run photo tours. In his free time, he works as a freelance guide.
He is currently an active member of the Osa Forest Protectors group, and he is also an AD Honorem Park Ranger. His favorite tours are bird watching and night walks.
He forged his roots by hunting and artisanal gold mining. He grew up in the forest with his grandfather, who taught him everything he knows today. He turned his life around in 2011 by working as an independent tour guide.
He is Guide certified by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute and has guided throughout the country, especially in Corcovado. He volunteered at the Sirena Biological Station in different research projects with biologists and various university collaborations. In 2018, he participated in the Osa Conservation Healthy Rivers project that works to improve ecosystem health in degraded watersheds and increase local watershed conservation leadership through advancing education, monitoring, and restoration.
He is passionate about tracking animals and has extensive knowledge of mammals, birds, reptiles, and plants, especially in the Osa Peninsula. He especially enjoys touring with families as well as night hikes.
He is currently a freelance guide in Corcovado National Park and surrounding areas. He specializes in ornithology and herpetology.
These late conservation heroes were formative to Osa Conservation and our far stretching impact. We remain eternally emboldened by their leadership and contribution to us and the natural world. To this day, they inspire us to look, touch, learn, and care for nature.
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 has created the Ugalde-Forsyth Fellowship program to honor the memory of Alvaro and to continue his life’s work. The fellowship provides grants to early-career researchers and conservationists to be immersed in the wilderness of the Osa Peninsula. Click the hands below to donate to the fund today.
To read more about Marvin and his incredible dedication to the natural work, click the link below.