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Juan Carlos Zamora Pereira

Projects and main research topics

Researcher in the project “Forest density reduction to minimize the vulnerability of Norway spruce and silver fir to extreme drought – a risk assessment (ForRISK)”


2017 – Current: Doctoral candidate at the chair of Forestry Economics and Forest Planning.

2009 - 2011 MSc in Management and Conservation of Tropical Forests and Biodiversity (focus: climate change effects in natural forests along altitude gradients), Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), Costa Rica.

2002-2006 B.Sc. in Geography, University of Costa Rica (UCR), Costa Rica.


Professional Career

04.2017 – Current: PhD student at the chair of Forestry Economics and Forest Planning.

2011 - 2017 Researcher at the Climate Change and Watersheds Program (PCCC), Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), Costa Rica.

2007 – 2008 Research assistant for GIS office in University of Costa Rica.

2006 – 2007 Research assistant for Geographical Investigations Program, University of Costa Rica.



Sloan, S., Zamora, J.C., Labbate, G., Asner, G.P. and Imbach, P. (2018). The cost and distribution of forest conservation for national emissions reductions. Global Environmental Change 53 (2018) 39-51.

Jadin, I., Meyfroidt, P., Zamora, J.C. and Lambin, E. (2017). Unexpected interactions between agricultural and forest sectors through international trade: wood pallets and agricultural exports in Costa Rica. Land 2017, 6, 1.

Holland, M.B.; Imbach P.; Bouroncle, C.; Donatti C., Leguia, E.; Martínez, M.R.; Medellin, C.; Saborio, M.; Shamer, S.; Zamora, J.C. 2016. Mapping agricultural landscapes and characterizing adaptive capacity in Central America. Climatic Change. DOI 10.1007/s10584-016-1810-2

Navarro, G.; Sagüí, N.; Zamora, J.C.; Vílchez, S.; Finegan, B. 2016. Evaluación de la efectividad de la veda forestal para conservar las poblaciones de tres especies forestales utilizando el Inventario Nacional Forestal, los registros de planes de manejo de bosque y las estadísticas de reforestación en Nicaragua. Turrialba, Costa Rica, CATIE. 58 p. (Serie Técnica Economía, Política y Gobernanza del Ordenamiento de Recursos Naturales).

Imbach, P.; Zamora, J.C.; Fung. E.; Locatelli, B.; Ciais, P. and Molina, L. 2015. Impacts of climate change on ecosystem hydrological services of Central America: Water availability. In Climate Change Impacts on Tropical Forests in Central America. Routhledge -Earth Scan Forest Library.

Khatun, K., Imbach, P., Zamora, J. C. 2013. An assessment of climate change impacts on the tropical forests of Central America using the Holdridge Life Zone (HLZ) land classification system. iForest – Biogeoscience and Forestry.

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