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from simple beginnings...

In 1993, the Verein Regenwald der Österreicher bought a finca (a Costa Rican farmhouse) – then little more than a Nissen hut – together with its garden. Through the support of the Verein and the University of Vienna, two students, Werner Huber und Anton Weissenhofer, converted and extended the buildings, and so began the process of turning it into an internationally recognised research station.
Today, the La Gamba Field Station provides a perfect base for scientific research, excursions, fieldwork and study trips in the lowland rainforest of Costa Rica. Over the 20 years since it was established, the field station has been used by countless students, scientists and naturalists from Austria and elsewhere.

First building in 1994
Lab - Office - Kitchen in 1998
New site in 2001
Dining - hall (Comedor) in 2005
Main building 2010
Auditorio and Lab in 2014
Panorama 2007
Panorama 2014
Panorama 2018
Tropenstation La Gamba | Department für Botanik und Biodiversitätsforschung | Rennweg 14 | 1030 Wien | T +43-1-4277-57420