Miguel grew up in a small high altitude valley named Santa María de Dota, where he spent his childhood between coffee plantations and forest. A deep admiration for nature since a young led him to study Tropical Biology at Universidad Nacional (UNA). After that, he worked for the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) for almost three years where he was part of several research projects and now he pursues a Ph.D. in Biology-Ecology, Evolution and Systematics at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. In terms of research, he has worked on taxonomy of tropical plants (including ferns!), restoration ecology and now plant-insect interactions. Outside of the academic world, he is passionate about conservation and development of local communities. He 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. Miguel is an easygoing Tico biologist who loves natural history, field work, conservation and of course…soccer!