Kohei Kubota, JICA Web Computing Consultant

Kohei is a volunteer with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) consulting for 2 years with the Azuero Eco Foundation. He was born in Yokohama City, Japan. He graduated from the Economics department at Kochi University, and has worked at various companies over the past 15 years in developing corporate systems, web page programming and design, and making digital designs for schools. With the Azuero Eco Foundation, he is working to improve this website and social network communication through enhancing the capacity and knowledge of the AEP team.

Vicente Vásquez, Volunteer of the Reforestation Team

VicenteVicente is a native of the city of Chitré, a graduate of the Soyuz Bilingual School in bachelor of science. He is currently studying for environmental studies at the University of the Ozarks AR, USA. He has done multiple practices with the Azuero Eco Foundation. In the past he participated in the National Public Speaking contest, representing the province of Herrera. He has collaborated and formed part of the group of young leaders for the management of watersheds of CATHALAC. Additionally, Vicente is a muralist and likes extreme sports.

Cristina Barber Alvarez-Buylla, Researcher in Ecological Restoration

Cristina Barber Alvarez-BuyllaCristina has a master in Forest and Nature Conservation from Wageningen University and a degree in Environmental Sciences from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at Boise State University.

Her research focuses on modeling second forest regeneration at the landscape scale to inform organizations’ restoration plans, such as the restoration being conducted by Pro Eco Azuero.

She has collaborated with the Bolivian Forest Research Institute and was an intern and later on a fellow at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

Since 2018, she has performed research in collaboration with Pro Eco Azuero’s restoration projects, and is currently working with the foundation to capture socio-ecological dynamics related to restoration on Azuero.

In her free time, Cristina enjoys reading, hiking, drawing, and camping.