Willow Zuchowski is a botanist, guide, author, and illustrator, who has lived in Monteverde, Costa Rica for more than 30 years. In 2004, she founded ProNativas, a native ornamental plant network.
Willow regularly leads walks and presents talks for garden tours and student groups visiting the tropics. She supervises interns in a, “Sustainability and The Environment” course, and is active in efforts to protect Costa Rica's unique biodiversity.
Willow was born in Massachusetts, and her formal education was in the northeast (U. of New Hampshire, Smith, Beacon College), where she worked in the fields of botany and environmental education.
Her knowledge of tropical botany stems predominantly from many years of field work in Costa Rica's forests. She is the author of Tropical Plants of Costa Rica: A Guide to Native and Exotic Flora.
Her small ship cruise experiences include the Arctic (Svalbard, Greenland, Iceland), New Zealand and Sub-Antarctic Islands, Melanesia, Caribbean islands, Costa Rica, Panama (including indigenous villages of San Blas Islands and Darien), Brazilian Amazon, Galapagos Islands, and the Sea of Cortez.
On board expedition ships, Willow keeps a keen eye out for birds and whales, or polar bears in the Arctic! At home she enjoys a constant parade of wildlife visitors to her native tropical gardens.