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Miguel Chaves (2017)

Miguel Chaves Sánchez is a former field hockey player from Spain, who won the silver medal with the Men's National Team at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

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About the Miguel Chaves Interview

My short bio: Miguel Chaves
I grew up in a small high altitude valley named Santa María de Dota, where i spent MY childhood between coffee plantations and forest. A deep admiration for nature since a young led me to study Tropical Biology at Universidad Nacional (UNA). After that, I worked for the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) for almost three years where I was part of several research projects and now I pursue a Ph.D. in Biology-Ecology, Evolution and Systematics at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. In terms of research, I have worked on taxonomy of tropical plants (including ferns!), restoration ecology and now plant-insect interactions. Outside of the academic world, I am passionate about conservation and development of local communities. I actively participated for about ten years in the defense of Savegre River in order to make it free of dams and preserve its unique biodiversity and pure water. I am an easygoing Tico biologist who loves natural history, field work, conservation and of course…soccer!

My Proof: My work website (https://fieldprojects.org/faculty/miguel-chaves/), a video of the Savegre River issue (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jl_iTJlnth4) and a IamA picture (https://i.imgur.com/E9mh2uv.jpg)

Miguel Chaves Oct 26, 2017