Andrea has over 15 years of experience working in conservation, education and outreach, research, renewable energies and rural development. Prior to CIRENAS, Andrea served for three years as Conservation Director and Acting Director for The Nature Conservancy in Costa Rica. In this role, she was responsible for the organization’s actions in key sites, including the Osa Peninsula and Amistad International Park. She also served on the committees of the two Debt-for-Nature-Swaps that fund conservation efforts throughout the country. Along with partner organizations, she led the creation of Costa Rica’s first water fund to protect key catchment areas surrounding the Greater Metropolitan Area of San Jose. Andrea began her career working for the Environmental Science and Policy Program at the Organization for Tropical Studies, organizing field-based courses for Latin American and US decision makers. She later worked for seven years as an Environmental Specialist at the Environmental Hub for Central America and the Caribbean at the US Embassy in Costa Rica. Here, she facilitated the US Government’s international environmental agenda in 22 countries in the region. She then joined the team of E+Co Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in renewable energy projects in Central America, where she served for three years as their Environmental and Social Compliance Officer. Andrea was born in Switzerland, and is both a Swiss and Costa Rican citizen. She has lived in five countries in Europe, Africa and Central and North America. She speaks fluent English, Spanish and French. Andrea holds a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Costa Rica and an M.A. in Geography (Environment and Resources Management) from Western University (Canada).
Daniela previously worked as a research associate for Biodiversity International, and has academic experience teaching tropical ecology science and sustainable development. She currently leads the operations of the CIRENAS campus and the development of educational programs and course offerings. She also coordinates conservation science projects.
Ariadna has been working as a naturalist guide for more than 10 years, mostly at the South Pacific area of Costa Rica but also has been leading and coordinating groups in different countries. She has been involved in environmental education for about 20 years, working with young students, teenagers, teachers, decision makers, farmers, indigenous groups, and scientists on a variety of projects.
Ariadna holds a degree in natural resources management from Universidad Estatal a Distancia. She has also some background in the arts from the Conservatorio de Castella. The combination of these disciplines has had an impact on one of her favorite projects, Eco-Maletas (Eco-Suitcases), that is being developed in Coto Brus, Costa Rica. This project is a training program for teachers about environmental topics, involving a recreational approach and artistic expressions. During her spare time you can find Ariadna on nature walks, painting, dancing, and doing crafts.
Sam brings professional experience involving water infrastructure, renewable energies, building design and whole systems thinking to the CIRENAS team. Having lived in the torrid zone for the last five years, primarily in The Bahamas, Sam has a strong understanding of appropriate design for the tropical climate, particularly in relation to water movement and management. Passionate about food and energy systems and the interactions between humans and the natural environment, Sam has studied permaculture for a number of years. Additionally, Sam has significant experience working in education, including curriculum development, experiential education and traditional in-class teaching. Sam holds a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from the University of North Carolina.
Caroline and Tucker founded CIRENAS in 2008 with the belief that through action, creation and participation, students can step outside of their traditional roles of passive observers and theoretical debaters and into the real world that needs their energy, ideas, and youthful exuberance.
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