Project team

The Climate Change and Watersheds Program (PCCC) CPM consists of a team of multidisciplinary professionals from different countries. This diversity positively contributes to the development of initiatives and capacities, knowledge creation, the establishment of strategic alliances, and research.



PCCC PROJECT LEADER
RAFFAELE VIGNOLA

He earned a doctorate in science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ). He also obtained a post-doctoral scholarship from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada for research with the IRES on the human dimension of the impacts of climate change in ecosystem services. Raffaele is an adjunct professor at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) at the University of British Columbia. 

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ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
DANNY RAMOS

He holds a licentiate in public accounting from the University of Costa Rica (UCR) and is primarily responsible for monitoring the program’s finances and supporting program administration.

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ACCOUNTING ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
AZALEA SALGUERO


She has been employed at CATIE since 1984 and has been part of the PCCC team for three. She is a secretarial graduate of the Castro Carazo School in San Jose and has training in human resources administration, professional excellence, commercial writing, among others.


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RESEARCHER
ELENA FLORIÁN


A Costa Rican national, she works in the PCCC as a training specialist in climate change mitigation and adaptation in forestry and agricultural systems. She studied Ecology at Tulane University, in New Orleans, Louisiana and specialized in Tropical Ecology at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She obtained a master’s in Tropical Agroforestry and has more than ten years experience in the design and implementation of training processes linked to the forestry sector and agricultural systems.

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RESEARCHER
ÁNGELA DÍAZ


She studied animal husbandry engineering at the National University in Cajamarca in her native Peru. She earned a master’s degree in environmental socioeconomics at CATIE, where she also specialized in gender equity and inclusion. Her main responsibilities in the PCCC deal with international courses and training through diploma courses – virtual and face-to-face – on topics for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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COORDINATOR OF THE WATERSHEDS UNIT (UC)
LAURA BENEGAS


She is an agronomist from the National University of Asuncion, Paraguay, with a master’s degree in Integrated Watershed Management from CATIE and a doctorate in soil sciences with an emphasis in forest hydrology from the University of Agricultural Sciences in Sweden.


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COORDINATOR OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL MODELING LABORATORY (LMA)
PABLO IMBACH


He obtained a doctorate in environmental sciences from the Soils, Climate and Environment Laboratory (LSCE) of the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, and has worked in Latin America for more than 15 years. Since early 2005, he has been with the PCCC, where he created and currently directs the Environmental Modeling Laboratory (LMA). Through the use of modeling tools and with an interdisciplinary group of professionals, the LMA focuses on research and technical assistance on topics of ecosystems and global changes.


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COORDINATOR OF THE MITIGATION UNIT (UM)
MIGUEL CIFUENTES

He has a doctorate in environmental sciences from Oregon State University and is a tropical forest ecologist with more than 14 years of experience in climate change mitigation. In addition to leading the PCCC Mitigation Unit, he currently supervises the sustainable landscapes component of CATIE within the Regional Climate Change Program (PRCC/USAID). He is an active member of the International Blue Carbon Initiative Science Working Group and develops projects and research on mangrove ecosystems in Central America.


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UC RESEARCHER
JORGE FAUSTINO

He is a Peruvian agronomist, specialist in watershed management and territorial land-use management, with a doctorate focused on natural resources and agriculture. He has extensive experience in Latin America and the Caribbean, where he has worked in teaching, training, research and technical cooperation for grassroots, municipal, governmental, international and private sector organizations. His specific expertise is in: soil and water conservation; land-use; irrigation; watershed administration and management; formulation and management of natural resource projects and territorial land-use planning.

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DATA ENTRY AND LMA CLIMATE DATA RESCUE
LILLIANA QUIRÓS

She trained as an executive secretary at the American Business Academy, and has collaborated with the Environmental Modeling Laboratory (LMA) since 2012 in climate data entry.


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LMA RESEARCHER

LENIN CORRALES

He has a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, a licentiate degree in marine biology from the National University of Costa Rica (UNA) and a master’s in information technology from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM), Mexico. He has additional specialized studies in natural resource evaluation from the University of Bologna, Italy; environmental impact assessment from the University of the Andes-CIDIAT in Venezuela; and the Central American Institute of Business Administration (INCAE) in Costa Rica.

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EcoAdapt PROJECT MANAGER 

MARIELA MORALE SOLIS


She is a Peruvian who trained in commercial engineering in Chile and has a master’s degree in environmental socioeconomics from CATIE. She has more than 17 years experience in the creation and management of social, economic and environmental strategies and tools through processes for the development and generation of capacities in vulnerable areas in Chile, Peru, Costa Rica, Argentina and Bolivia.

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UC RESEARCHER
WILLIAM WALTER


He is from Nicaragua, trained as an agronomist with an emphasis on soils and water, and has a master’s degree from CATIE in integrated watershed management.

He has experience in Central America and the Caribbean, having worked in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, training and technical cooperation.

Tel: +(506) 2558-2507
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LMA RESEARCHER
CLAUDIA BOURONCLE

As a PCCC researcher, she is responsible for investigations analyzing vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. She also studies planning for adaptation and ecosystems, and has more than ten years experience working on integrated conservation and development projects in the Andes and the Amazon. Since 2000 she has worked through CATIE in different countries of Mesoamerica and Brazil. She also serves as a consultant for international NGOs on topics related to the sustainable use and conservation of natural resources and their impact on livelihoods in rural communities.


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LMA RESEARCHER
JUAN CARLOS ZAMORA


A geography graduate of the University of Costa Rica (UCR) with a master’s degree in management and conservation of tropical forests and biodiversity from CATIE, he has experience in Latin America providing technical assistance to governmental institutions and NGOs as well as training and research in natural resources management.


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UC RESEARCHER
DIANA A. VEGA

A Peruvian national, she is a forestry engineer from the National Agriculture University at La Molina, with a master’s of science degree in integrated watershed management from CATIE. Her experience is in inter-institutional and participatory work in the Andean and Amazon regions of Peru and in Central America.
She has conducted fieldwork in silviculture, forest species management and genetic improvement for timber and seed production.

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LMA RESEARCHER
FREDDY ARGOTY


He works in the field of remote sensing and carbon at the LMA. His experience is with government agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for support, implementation, training and technical assistance on issues that integrate biodiversity, ecosystem conservation and community work. He has actively participated in research on the quantification and mapping of carbon stocks in tropical forests using multispectral images as well as the design of methodologies for quantifying the effect of payments for environmental services (PES) on forest degradation.  

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LMA RESEARCHER
CLAUDIA MEDELLIN


She is responsible for the area of development and adaptation practices. Originally from Mexico, her academic training is in International Commerce from the Technology Institute of Monterrey, Mexico. She holds a master’s degree in development practices from CATIE, and collaborates with the LMA on topics of vulnerability analyses and adaptive capacity to the effects of climate change. She supports information gathering in the field and logistics at various study sites.

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 ASSOCIATED RESEARCHER
ÁLVARO VALLEJO

Álvaro is a forest engineer, with a master degree in forest management and biodiversity conservation. He is an expert in forest carbon, forest plantations management, non-timber wood products and software development, having authored software programs related to forest management, the Clean Development Mecanism (CDM) and language learning.

As an associated researcher, Vallejo will support the Program searching for new projects and opportunities of collaboration in the mitigation of climate change and the management of forest plantations, among other relevant aspects.