Caves have a great potential for the development of research in various areas (geology, biology, archeology, hydrogeology еtc.), as well as for the conservation of particular flora and fauna, water resources, and the cultural heritage. Although almost 400 caves have been recognized in Costa Rica, there is no scientific document that synthesizes and details the information concerning them. For this reason, we aim to prepare a book about the caves and karst of Costa Rica. The book would compile, organize and catalog all existing information, in order to create a base for future research that is available to the scientific community. The chapters of the book will address the fields of geology, exploration, biology, hydrogeology, and archeology. The book aims to encourage this line of emerging research in the country and raise public awareness about the importance of caves.
Authors: Andrés Ulloa1, Stanimira Deleva2*, Benjamín Acevedo3, Andrea Hidalgo4, Alejandro Argüello5 & Carlos Goicoechea6
1: Centro de Investigación en Ciencias Geológicas, Universidad de Costa Rica; firstname.lastname@example.org
2: Recinto de Golfito, Universidad de Costa Rica; email@example.com
3: Centro de Investigaciones Antropológicas, Universidad de Costa Rica; firstname.lastname@example.org
4: Escuela Centroamericana de Geología, Universidad de Costa Rica; email@example.com
5: Escuela Centroamericana de Geología, Universidad de Costa Rica; firstname.lastname@example.org
6: Grupo Espeleológico Anthros; San Jose, Costa Rica; email@example.com
Section: Cave Protection
Type: poster presentation
Short bio of the presenter: Stanimira Deleva is a biologist, cave explorer, and conservationist, currently pursuing her doctoral degree at the University of Costa Rica.