Julio Magaña: He obtained a Bachelor degree in Natural Resources Management at the Universidad Nacional Estatal a Distancia (UNED) in San José, Costa Rica, worked 7 years for the 1995 Prince of Asturias Award winner in Technical and Scientific Research Institution known as the “Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio)”, becoming the leader of the Malacology (mollusks) Department, in which he was the coordinator for the international team of taxonomists that developed a National Inventory of Mollusks in Costa Rica.

He is the author of several scientific papers and a book chapter about molluscs (Phylum Mollusca) taxonomy and management, which has a remarkable scientific description of 16 new species native to Costa Rica, Cuba and Bahamas. To date, he keeps working on evaluation of populations of the purple dye snail (Plicopurpura columellaris, Lamarck, 1816) in México and El Salvador, for its particular ink, in order to develop a profitable eco-friendly dye as a way of helping several indigenous communities.

Julio used to enjoy jogging since very young and is an avid scuba diver, which he currently practice as part of his job and to get in touch with marine ecosystems.