The UGACR Team

Dr. Quint Newcomer, UGACR Director:

Dr. Quint Newcomer serves as Director of UGA Costa Rica.  Quint came to the University of Georgia in September 2005 from the Yale University School of Forestry, where he earned a Master of Environmental Management and a PhD in Social Ecology, studying market incentive mechanisms for private forestland conservation in Costa Rica.  Quint recently co-authored the book:  Emerging Markets for Ecosystem Services:  A Case Study of the Panama Watershed.

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Fabricio Camacho, UGACR General Manager:

As a graduate in forestry engineering from the School of Environmental Sciences at the National University of Costa Rica, Fabricio Camacho’s principal area of interest is the management and conservation of natural resources.  Fabricio recently completed the book:  Common Trees of Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Reserve.

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Lindsay Stallcup, UGACR Academic Programs Manager:

Lindsay is currently a full-time resident of San Luis, but she is originally from San Diego, California.  She earned her bacherlor’s degree in Human Biology from Stanford University in 1999 and her M.S. in Ecology from the University of Georgia in 2004.  Her masters research, under the direction of Dr. Catherine Pringle, examined the effects of water chemistry and leaf species on leaf breakdown in lowland stream at La Selva Biological Field Station, Costa Rica.

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Dr. Nate Nibbelink, Associate Professor, Warnell School of Forestry, University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia, USA):

UPDATE: Nate is now an Associate Professor and was recently named Director of the UGA Center for Integrative Conservation Research

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Dr. Scott Connelly, Assistant Professor, Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia, USA):

Research Interests:Stream-water quality and quantity issues in Costa Rica; Ecosystem effects of biodiversity loss, with a focus on the decline of amphibians in the neotropics; Captive amphibian husbandry. Dr. Connelly helps supervise the UGACR water quality internship program and also teaches an annual ecology course in Costa Rica.

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Randy Chinchilla

Randy is the coordinator for the Bellbird Biological Corridor, acting as a link for all of the institutions involved with the Corridor’s efforts. He grew up in San Jose and graduated from the University of Costa Rica. He currently resides in Monteverde.

Dr. Thomas Shahady, Lynchburg College (Virginia USA)

Dr. Shahady is interested in aquatic ecology, lake and watershed management and environmental compliance.  Much of his research has centered on  control of sedimentation and nutrient pollution into streams and lakes.  Additionally, he has worked on policy issues related to local environmental regulation. Dr. Shahady supervises the UGACR water quality intern and makes several trips to UGA Costa Rica each year to help with sampling and project oversight.

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Colegio de Licenciados y Profesores de Costa Rica

Costa Rica Chamber of Commerce
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Cámara de Comercio Costa Rica

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