Alexa Stickel, Co-Founder and Programs Director

Alexa was born in Switzerland, raised in Miami, USA  and has been living in Monteverde, Costa Rica for the past decade. She  discovered the magic of tropics as a student on a 3-week Ecology field course in 2008, and has been sharing her passion for the natural world through her work (and play) ever since! Alexa is a professional Naturalist guide and Field Instructor/Course designer for Tropical ecology field courses in the tropics, and is skilled at communicating natural history in a way that is both academically accurate and entertaining, easily absorbed and retained by people of all ages and backgrounds. She is an avid birdwatcher, loves to travel, and also loves to dance and connect with people who have different perspectives than hers. She is a student of life: insatiably curious about the world around her and always up for an adventure. Her personal and professional experiences in course design have afforded her a unique perspective on effective science natural history communication, and she is excited about implementing these pedagogical methods both in the field and in curriculum design for Human Nature Expeditions.    

When she is not working, she’s birding- here in Costa Rica, or chasing species around the globe- or she is dancing salsa, merengue, cumbia, or bachata. Alexa is a certified Zumba instructor. She loves food, is a great baker, and will eat anything once. She is fluent in Spanish, and speaks some French too. She also just started a Youtube channel together with Human Nature Expeditions! Check out her videos and unique teaching style and get an idea of who you’ll be working with in the field by clicking on the “Alexa Explains” tab.

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