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How a Love of Bats and Frogs Became a Wildlife Ecology Career for Nicaraguan Native

Written by: Heidi Toth
Published on: Sep 8, 2022

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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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