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For years, José Martinez-Fonseca considered himself a hobby biologist.
He always had bigger plans, even as a child when he caught frogs and snakes to examine them, but wildlife jobs were scarce in Nicaragua. However, he loved biology and spent summers working as a guide for mammal-watching tours of rare species, he helped found herpetological and bat-related conservation groups, he co-authored a biology publication when he was 21, and during his undergraduate degree, he worked as a field assistant for other biologists doing surveys on the biodiversity of amphibians and reptiles.
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