How can we make agricultural practices more sustainable?
How will we adapt food production to warmer, dryer conditions?
How can we conserve biodiversity and natural resources while meeting the needs of growing populations?
These are among the most urgent questions of our time, and ones that at EARTH are inspiring our students, faculty and alumni to uncover answers and develop innovative approaches.
In our latest Strategic Plan we have set forth a goal to strengthen our research capacity. To this end, EARTH’s Research Unit, under the leadership of Professor Luis Pocasangre, is already working to build international and regional research consortia with strategic partners to improve the quality of research and access public funds.
We also see great opportunities at the EARTH-La Flor campus for conducting research on climate change adaptation in agriculture and are exploring possibilities for joint research at that campus with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). Already at La Flor we are engaged in a joint project with Ad Astra, Cummins, the Costa Rican Ministry of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications, and the Costa Rican Oil Refinery (RECOPE) to determine the feasibility of using methane generated from waste, and hydrogen generated from renewable sources for the production of electricity.
Apart from helping develop solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing humanity and our planet, we know that by involving students to a greater degree in applicable research, we are preparing them to be life-long learners, to innovate and test new approaches for the benefit of society.