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Central America

  • Senior 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

Vignola, Raffaele

As the Director of the Latin American Chair of Environmental Decisions for Global Change (CLADA) at CATIE he has designed and implemented research and action-research project to support a variety o

  • 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.

  • International 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 (

  • Domestic Research Associate

Sandoval, Catalina

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

  • 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.

  • 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, and a research associ

  • 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 Un

  • 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 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.

  • International Research Associate

Imbach, Pablo

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

  • 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).  

  • 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

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.

  • International Research Associate

Pfaff, Alexander

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

  • 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

  • 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

Martinsson, Peter

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

  • 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 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.

  • International Research Associate

Naranjo, Maria Angelica

Maria A. Naranjo is 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 Senior Researcher and former 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.

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. 

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