Lenin E. Oviedo Correa, MSc (Project Coordinator/ PI)
David Herra Miranda (Researcher/ Undergraduate)
Luis E. Vargas-Castro, PhD (Researcher/ Bioacoustics Specialist)
Juan Diego Pacheco Polanco, BSc (Researcher/ MSc candidate)
Amaru Marquez Artavia, BSc (Co-Researcher)
María Gabriela Silva, BSc (Research Associate)Gaby did her undergraduate degree at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, and has been working with marine mammals, especially cetaceans, since 2006. Her different study sites were located in the Caribbean (Central coast of Venezuela), in the Pacific (Southwestern coast of Costa Rica) and in the Gulf of Maine (Cape Cod and Nova Scotia), and she was able to collect a variety of scientific data; including density, distribution, habitat use, behaviour, photo identification, acoustics, DNA sampling, conservation, among others. Her expertise ranges from species like Bottlenose-, Pacific and Atlantic Spotted-, and Common Dolphins till baleen whales, such as Humpback Whales. She had the opportunity to acquire a broad variety of field skills and lots of knowledge working with various scientific teams and educational programs such as ISV (International Students Volunteers), Vida Silvestre Golfo Dulce, PCCS (Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies), and Proyecto Delphinus in Venezuela. Her goal is to generate as much valuable scientific information as possible, e.g. about the ecology of different cetacean species, and especially from those that are threatened and endangered, in order to promote their conservation.
Christine Figgener, MSc (Research Associate / Webmaster)Chris has completed her graduate degree with University of Würzburg in Germany, and has been working in marine conservation in Costa Rica, especially sea turtle conservation, since 2007. Chris has been able to gather important experiences in research and conservation already at an early age, and as versatile as in zoological settings as well as in the wild, e.g. German Coasts, Red Sea-Egypt, Sierra Nevada-United States. In Costa Rica she has been running different sea turtle conservation projects in the Caribbean and on the Pacific coast, mainly in community-based approaches. Her research interest lies in the conservation and reproduction biology, especially of Leatherback Sea Turtles, and Humpback Whales.
Doña Azucena and Don Jorge (Logistical support – El Chontal Ecolodge managers)
Scientific Advisors:Dora Ingrid Rivera Luther
Hilda Viquez Mora