Nishida was born in Matsubara-city, Osaka, Japan in 1972. His love
for nature began at an early age and collecting and rearing insects became
Kenji and mantis, 1974, Osaka, Japan
Kenji and butterfly (Papilio machaon) at his uncle's yard, 1975, Osaka, Japan
1998, Kenji moved south to San José, Costa Rica where he is currently
completing his Master´s degree in Biology at the University of Costa Rica.
His area of emphasis is in Entomology and focus is in the Order Lepidoptera
(moths and butterflies), and his thesis is titled ¨Biology of Gall-inducing
Lepidoptera of Costa Rica.¨ Kenji´s work in the laboratory and field is
impressive and has been enhanced recently by his acquisition of Nikon
Coolpix digital cameras enabling him to photograph marvels of nature.
Kenji particularly enjoys his field work and digital photography in the
cloud forests of Costa Rica.
Kenji trying the macro shots. Reserva Ecológica Leonel Oviedo, University of Costa Rica campus
can´t tell you how he is able to do it, but Kenji has an amazing ability
to spot and find insects from great distances. Is it his trained
eyes or a sixth sense that has been developed through practice?
You´ll have to ask Kenji for the answer - or better yet, join him on an
outing in a Costa Rican cloud forest. His keen eyes in the field
have been the cause of many interesting discoveries, which will be published
in the near future.
Kenji in San Ramón, Peru. Butterfly expedition with Dr. M. F. Braby from Australia. Photograph by M.F. Braby
Kenji and Nicholas in Estación Biológica Monteverde in Monteverde, Costa Rica
swinging his insect net at Cantarrana Waterfall in OTS project ALAS
Presentation written by Nicholas Quiring
Nicholas Quiring is a third year art student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he is currently studying painting, photography, and illustration. From January until June of 2001 Nicholas lived in San Jose, Costa Rica where he illustrated aquatic insects for future publications. This past July he returned from over six months in Peru where he illustrated the orchids of Machu Picchu and taught scientific illustration to biology students at the University of Lima in San Marcos. You can see his artworks, photography, and incredible scientific drawings here.
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Costa Rica, 2002 - 2004
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