Brian Kubicki

Brian Kubicki has been living permanently in Costa Rica since 1998, conducting biological research focused in the areas of taxonomy, ecology, biogeography, and conservation of amphibians. Since his arrival in Costa Rica he has invested thousands of hours of intense fieldwork and research directed towards the countries’ amphibians.

His research has resulted in various publications for both scientific journals and popular magazines. Such results include the description of two new species of tree frogs; the rediscovery of four of Costa Rica’s thirteen glass frog species, two of which had not been previously documented from within the republic for 50 years. Brian also authored two books for the Costa Rican National Institute of Biodiversity (INBio). These two books, which were principally based on his own field experience, included original and previously unpublished information on the Leaf-frogs (Family Hylidae; subfamily Phyllomedusinae, 2004 ) and Glass Frogs (Family Centrolenidae, 2007) of Costa Rica. Brian’s special area of interest or focus is with Glass Frogs (Family: Centrolenidae), Tree Frogs (Family: Hylidae), and Poison Frogs (Family: Dendrobatidae).

Brian owns and operates the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center (C.R.A.R.C.) with his wife Aura Reyes. The C.R.A.R.C., which was established in 2002, is a biological research center dedicated to studying, understanding and conserving one of the most ecologically important animal groups of Costa Rica’s humid forest ecosystems; that of the amphibians. It is the first of its kind in Costa Rica. The C.R.A.R.C. is located in the Caribbean foothills on the northeastern edge of the Talamanca Mountains. It has a 49 hectare private reserve where 54 species of amphibians have been recorded to date. Naturalists are encouraged to visit and stay at the C.R.A.R.C. Visitors will enjoy exclusivity by having the entire reserve to themselves and enjoying their own spacious and clean guest house, which can sleep up to seven people. While staying at the C.R.A.R.C. you will take part in a one of a kind experience, having personalized guiding throughout the reserve by Brian Kubicki, during which time he will share his knowledge of not only the amphibians, but the general natural history of the region.

For more information on hiring Brian to guide you around some of the best amphibian destinations of Costa Rica, or to make a booking to stay and explore the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center with Brian as your personal guide, follow the links below:


If you are a serious amphibian enthusiast that has always wanted to have a very unique opportunity to truly learn about and observe an amazing assemblage of amphibian species here is your chance. For the first time ever such an occasion is being offered in Costa Rica, a seven day and night intensive field course focused on the taxonomy and natural history of the amphibians of the central Caribbean slopes of Costa Rica. Do not miss this opportunity to observe and learn about the amazing amphibians of this mystical and pristine region, one of the richest on the planet regarding amphibian diversity.

For more information on the course download the itinerary PDF HERE (589kb) or please contact Brian Kubicki at


For all book purchases, please contact Brian Kubicki at the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center by the contact information below.  All proceeds generated from sales go directly to amphibian conservation at the C.R.A.R.C.

RANAS de VIDRIO (Costa Rica Glass Frogs)

©2007 Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio)

Author/Photographs – BRIAN KUBICKI

This incredibly comprehensive publication on the Glass Frogs of Costa Rica is an absolute ‘must have’ for every amphibian lover.  Throughout the book, Brian covers all aspects of his past discoveries and details the intricate classification of these amazing neotropical Glass Frogs of the family Centrolenidae; his ongoing burning obsession since 1998.  Each species description is enhanced by full-color photographs, showcasing the species unique and breathtaking appearance.

RANAS de HOYA de COSTA RICA (Leaf-Frogs of Costa Rica)

2nd edition is due for release soon! 

©2004 Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio)

Author/Photographs – BRIAN KUBICKI

The Leaf-frogs of Costa Rica is a beautifully illustrated publication and incredibly detailed with concise information on the much loved Agalychnis spp. of Costa Rica.  Also contained within this book is a 6 page section dedicated to the Phyllomedusa lemur; one of Costa Rica’s most endangered frog species.  Accompanying the information for each of the 6 species of Leaf-frog, are wonderfully composed, full-color photographs that give the reader a satisfying visual reference.

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