Spanish (fluent), English (intermediate)

Costa Rica

About María Auxiliadora Zúñiga Amador

María Auxiliadora Zúñiga Amador has a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Management from the State Distance University (UNED) in Costa Rica, and she has a Master’s degree in Management and Restoration of the Natural Environment from the University of Alicante (UA), in Spain. He is currently a student of the Doctorate in Natural Sciences for Development (DOCINADE) coordinated by the Technological Institute of Costa Rica, the National University of Costa Rica and the State Distance University of Costa Rica. Since 2016 he has worked at the UNED School of Exact and Natural Sciences. Coordinator of the Student Network for Ecological Restoration and extension agent of the Permanent Training Program in Didactics of Experimental Sciences (PROCDICE), both from UNED. Member of the International Society for Ecological Restoration (SER). Trainer of the International Analog Forestry Network (RIFA). Speaker at national and international conferences. Teacher of several subjects on ecological restoration and natural resources. Likewise, she is the author of several publications on topics related to ecological restoration, landscaping, natural science teaching, native plants, erosion control and plant-pollinator interactions.

Focus Areas

Botany, medicinal plants, soils, landscaping, agrosilvopastoral systems, natural science teaching, citizen science, native species seeds, and community development.