Julián Monge-Nájera is a Costa Rican ecologist, scientific editor, educator and photographer born in 1960.

For many years he has acted as scientific adviser for the BBC and the National Geographic Society. He was Regional Editor of the United Nations' Global Environmental Outlook ("GEO Report") and researcher at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, the National Museum of Costa Rica, the University of Costa Rica and the Distance Education University of Costa Rica. He has been part of research teams at USDA (USA), Uppsala University (Sweden), University of New South Wales (Australia), Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology (China), University of Leipzig, Germany, and Trend Research Center, Taiwan. Curator of the Encyclopedia of Life (USA) and Team Member of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (Switzerland).

He is author or co-author of 25 books published by several Costa Rican universities, Oxford University and the National Biodiversity Institute (INBio) and of more than 200 scientific articles in many journals, including Nature (Communications), Plos One and the Journal of the Linnean Society of London.

In 1997 his biography was added to Who's Who in the World, followed by the Dictionary of International Biography of Cambridge in 1998, Outstanding People of the 20th Century in 2001, and 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century in 2002.

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