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Central America

  • Research Fellow

Lanza, Gracia

Gracia Lanza is a postdoctoral fellow with specialization on environmental and resource economics.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Mercado, Leida

Leida Mercado is the Leader of the Development, Economy and Environment Research Program at CATIE.

  • 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.

  • International Research Associate

Ricketts, Taylor

Taylor Ricketts is Gund Professor and Director of the Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont.

  • International Research Associate

Lopez- Feldman, Alejandro

Alejandro is Associate Professor at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City and Chair of the Economics Department.

  • 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.

  • Domestic Research Associate

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 fellow

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 (

  • Domestic Research Associate

Sandoval, Catalina

Catalina is an economist and a domestic associate for EfD Central America.

  • International Research Associate

Preonas, Louis

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

  • International 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, research associa

  • Domestic Research Associate

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.

  • 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 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.

  • International Research Associate

Villalobos-Fiatt, Laura

Laura is a postdoctoral researcher at the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) in Washington, D.C.

  • International Research Associate

Imbach, Pablo

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

  • 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. 

  • International Research Associate

Ferraro, Paul J.

Paul J. Ferraro is Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Business and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

  • International Research Associate

Pfaff, Alexander

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

  • International Research Associate

Albers, Heidi J.

Heidi J. Albers (Jo) is the Wyoming Excellence Chair in Conservation Economics in the Department of Economics at the University of Wyoming.

  • 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.  

  • International 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.

  • Senior International 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 the

  • Administrative and secretarial support

Delgado, Lizette

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

  • 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 and International Research Associate

Carlsson, Fredrik

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

  • International Research Associate

Blackman, Allen

Allen is Principal Economic Advisor to the Climate and Sustainable Development Sector at the Inter-American Development Bank.

  • International Research Associate

Naranjo Barrantes, María Angélica

Maria A. Naranjo is an international associate research fellow for the EfD Central America. She finished her PhD. studies at the Development Economics Group in Wageningen University.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Alpízar, Francisco

Francisco Alpízar is is the Chair and Professor of the Environmental and Natural Resource Economics Group at the Department of Social Sciences in Wageningen University and Research.

  • Senior Research Fellow

Robalino, Juan

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

Call for Papers for the Conference “Green transformation and competitive advantage: Evidence from developing countries”

Call for Papers for the Conference “Green transformation and competitive advantage: Evidence from developing countries” German Development Institute - Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Bonn, Germany, 18-19 June 2018 For full information click here.

WCERE Pre-conference Workshop for women in Environmental Economics

EfD is arranging a pre-conference workshop for women in Environmental Economics, ahead of the 6th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists (WCERE) 2018 in Gothenburg.  The purpose is to support and encourage early career women pursuing careers in the domain of EfD, which is environmental economics applied to policy questions in developing countries, especially in countries with EfD centers.