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Maricela Pizarro-Porter

Costa Rica Instructor

Maricela shares her extensive knowledge and passion for the natural world with young people. She is excited to be teaching and going on field trips, providing a unique opportunity for students to learn about the environment in one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. Born and raised in San José, Maricela currently resides in San Isidro de Heredia with her partner and beloved dog Haji. Maricela's main area of interest lies in plant reproductive biology and ecological functions, as well as forest restoration and regenerative development. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and has completed the program for a license in Botany from the University of Costa Rica (UCR). Maricela is also in the process of completing her thesis for a master's in Environmental Leadership and Management from the University for International Cooperation (UCI).

In addition to her academic achievements, Maricela has also worked in the conservation field for almost 9 years, where she played a vital role in the creation, establishment, and administration of a conservation organization. She has also developed and implemented programs that have been instrumental in parrots' conservation in Costa Rica. Maricela's conservation work has been recognized by the Wildlife Conservation Network, where she had the opportunity to present the work of the Macaw Recovery Network, an organization she helped to found.

In her free time, Maricela enjoys music, particularly rock, metal, and alternative pop music. She is an avid concert-goer and music festival attendee. Maricela is also an accomplished baker, with cakes and desserts being her specialty. She has a plant collection that she continues to expand, with a current focus on begonias.

Maricela's dedication to the conservation and protection of Costa Rica's natural resources is an inspiration to her students and peers alike. Her commitment to making a positive impact on the environment and sharing her knowledge is a true testament to her passion for the natural world.

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