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Ignacio (Nacho) Escorriola
Ignacio (Nacho) Escorriola
Director of Costa Rica Operations

 

Nacho is a born and raised Costa Rican who has been interested and involved in the natural sciences since he was a child. Even though he grew up in San Jose, the capital city located in the Central Valley, his access to two oceans provided the perfect inspiration to become the marine biologist he is today. Nacho comes to Scholastic Expeditions with a vast and varied background in outdoor science education. He has worked for over 20 years as an Environmental Consultant and Environmental Educator. He has performed numerous services in both tourism and with rural communities doing Community Development Projects. Nacho has led and continues to lead students on programs throughout his country’s many ecosystems. He loves his job as it unites his dual passions for teaching ecology and his beloved Costa Rica!

Nacho creates and develops all Scholastic Expeditions hands-on curriculum and trains our guides on any necessary methodologies.

In his spare time, he enjoys photography and being outdoors with his family hiking, mountain biking, and participating in water sports.

Education:

•    1982-1988 – Bachelor of Science - Marine Biology from Universidad Nacional, Heredia, Costa Rica
•    1987-1988 – Student Exchange Program with East Carolina University
•    1988-1991 – Masters of Science -Marine Biology from University of North Carolina
•    1991-1992 – International Development Policies Graduate Program, Duke University, North Carolina
•    1999-2001 – Masters of Science - Interdisciplinary Ecology from University of Florida through a Fulbright Scholarship
•    2001-present – Ph. D in progress: “Freshwater Wetlands”

  • Ignacio (Nacho) Escorriola
    Director of Costa Rica Operations