Andrea Vincent is a professor at the Biology School of the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) in San José, and also holds a partial appointment at the Universidad Nacional (UNA). She received her BSc  in Environmental Science at the University of East Anglia, UK, and her PhD in Tropical Forest Ecology from the University of Cambridge, UK, and STRI in Panama. Before returning to her native Costa Rica in 2013,  she held postdoctoral appointments at the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science at Umeå University, and of Forest Ecology and Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, both in Sweden. Her current research focuses on the ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry of tropical ecosystems,  and their interaction with global anthropogenic change.


Current students

Stanimira Deleva,  PhD Candidate, UCR  (co-supervised with Gloriana Chaverri, UCR). Thesis topic: Diversity, ecology and conservation of cave-dwelling bats  in the Brunca region of Costa Rica. stanimira-2-352x352-200x200  Mira´s research interests are cave ecology and bat behaviour. She is studying  cave-dwelling bats and their preference for certain microclimatic factors, as well as their contribution to ecosystem services. She is also interested in resolving the conflict between cave-roosting bats and people. Caves are not only her field of study, but also her hobby and profession for more than 10 years.


Jairo Hidalgo, MSc, UCR.  Thesis topic: Impacts of nutrient availability on CO2 fluxes in a tropical lowland wet forest.

David Mattey, Licenciatura, UNA (co-supervised with Silvia Alvarez-Clare, Argonne National Laboratory). Thesis topic: Effects of long term forest fertilization on leaf litter decomposition in a lowland wet forest.

Ericka Salas, Licenciatura, UCR (co-supervised with Cristina Chinchilla Soto, UCR). Thesis topic: Drivers of methane and nitrous oxide emissions in a tropical dry forest.

Previous students

Johan Vestergren, Umea University
German Vargas, UNA (co-supervised with Roberto Cordero), currently a PhD student at University of Minnesota, USA
Fabrizzio Protti, UNA, currently an intern at STRI in Panama.