The Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center (C.R.A.R.C.) is a small family owned and operated biological research center that is dedicated to studying, understanding, and conserving one of the most ecologically important fauna groups of Costa Rica’s humid forest ecosystems, that of the amphibians.
THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN COSTA RICA
The C.R.A.R.C. was established by Brian Kubicki in 2002, to fulfill the need of a project specifically focused on conducting biological research on amphibians throughout Costa Rica, and at the same time actively working on designing and putting into practice pioneering methods of in situ conservation in one of the most biologically diverse regions on the planet, that of the lower and mid-elevation slopes of the central Caribbean zone of Costa Rica. The central Caribbean slopes of Costa Rica are home to one of the richest amphibian species assemblages on the planet, yet so much remains to be explored and studied. Our goal is to continue working on filling in the existing gaps in the knowledge of the Costa Rican amphibians.
Brian Kubicki and his wife Aura Reyes constitute the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center. Aura is Costa Rican, and is originally from the captial city of San José, but after getting married to Brian in 2004 she moved out to Guayacán to help him run the C.R.A.R.C. and accompany him on his research throughout Costa Rica. Brian has been living in Costa Rica since June of 1998, from which time he has invested thousands of hours to intense fieldwork throughout the republic. Since his arrival in Costa Rica the principal emphasis of his research has been focused on obtaining a better understanding of the alpha-level taxonomy (species-level taxonomy), biogeography, and natural history of Costa Rican amphibians. Although Brian’s work deals with all amphibians species native to Costa Rica, he has a special interest and focus on glass frogs (Family: Centrolenidae), poison frogs (Family: Dendrobatidae), tree frogs (Family: Hylidae), terraranans (New World direct-developing frogs), and lungless salamanders (Family: Plethodontidae). His research and countless hours in the field have resulted in numerous important discoveries, including the rediscovery of several species of amphibians that had not been seen in decades. Brian has also authored or coauthored various scientific and popular publications, including the description of three new amphibian species and two books (Leaf Frog of Costa Rica and Glass Frogs of Costa Rica) published by the Costa Rican National Institute of Biodiversity (INBio).
For more detailed information about the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center (our research and conservation projects, reserves, etc…), please click on the image below to access our informational C.R.A.R.C. booklet/PDF:
Our efforts are made possible thanks to the funds that are generated by our visitors and private donations. Please consider helping support our efforts by coming to visit us on your next trip to Costa Rica or by making a donation.