Fabricio Camacho's Research Page
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My research focuses in developing innovations that increase the productivity, as well as the environmental and socio-economic performance of small farms in the mountainous region of the new world's tropics.
My current research project focuses in the bio-optimization of compost through the integration of cultures of native soil microorganisms and digestates from anaerobic digestors. My preliminary results show that it is possible to increase the nutrient levels as well as the organic matter content, the microbial biomass and the humidity retention potential of the final compost when these alternative materials are used in the mix.
The utilization of optimized compost will help farmers rebuild the natural fertility of the soil, while decreasing their level of synthetic fertilizer use, which in turn reduces the amount of nitrous oxide emissions (a powerful greenhouse gas that has ~300 times the heating capacity of CO2), and increases the economic viability of their agroecosystems.
Professional collaborations (in no particular order)
Dr. Lidieth Uribe, Center for Agronomic Research, University of Costa Rica
Dr. Karen Masters, CIEE Sustainability Center Monteverde, Costa Rica
Dr. Maureen Kinyua, University of California-Davis, USA
Dr. Quint Newcomer, University of Georgia, USA
Dr. Norman Gentsch, Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany
Dr. Sarina Ergas, University of South Florida, USA
Internships and graduate students
Use of physical and biological process models to understand the performance of tubular anaerobic digesters: Maureen N. Kinyua, Jie Zhang, Fabricio Camacho-Cespedes, Andres Tejada-Martinez, and Sarina J. Ergas. Paper: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1369703X15301157
Does the use of tubular digesters to treat livestock waste lower the risk of infection from Cryptosporidium parvum and Giardia lamblia?: Maureen N. Kinyua, Ileana Wald, Fabricio Camacho-Céspedes, Ricardo Izurieta, Charles N. Haas, Sarina J. Ergas. Paper: http://jwh.iwaponline.com/content/14/5/738
Common trees of Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Reserve, Costa Rica.Camacho-Céspedes, F. C., Lindquist, E. S., & Knight, G. V. (2007). Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica: INBio.
University of Georgia Costa Rica Campus
General Manager and Associate Director
San Luis de Monteverde