Jorge Cortés-Núñez is a researcher at the Centro de Investigación en Ciencias del Mar y Limnología (CIMAR-Marine Science and Limnology Research Center) and professor at the School of Biology, both at the Universidad de Costa Rica. He has a B.Sc. in Biology from the Universidad de Costa Rica, a M.Sc. in Geology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and a Ph.D. in marine biology from the University of Miami in Miami, Florida. Has been active for more than 30 years studying the main tropical coastal-marine ecosystems, coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove forests, with an emphasis on coral reef ecology, and natural and anthropogenic impacts on those ecosystems. Another area of research has been conducting and coordinating studies on marine biodiversity. In recent years his interest has moved to deeper waters with a focus on the diversity and interaction of organisms.

Cortés-Núñez has been the mentor of 6 Licenciatura students, 25 M.Sc., 2 Ph.D. and 4 Post-Doctoral Fellows, and has participated in Advisory Committees of 13 Licenciatura students, 14 M.Sc. and 8 Ph.D. Is a member of the National Academy of Science of Costa Rica. Has won several prices including the National Science Price of Costa Rica. Has lead 14 Scientific Expedition to Isla del Coco and surrounding waters. And has 261 scientific publications in journals, book chapters, Special Issues edited and books, plus 68 outreach publications and technical reports. Another of his interest is the promotion of science and conservation as well as enhancing awareness of the importance of the oceans for Costa Rica and the planet.