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Julián Monge-Nájera is a Costa Rican ecologist, scientific editor, educator and photographer. For many years he has acted as scientific adviser for the BBC and the National Geographic Society. Regional Editor of the United Nations' Global Environmental Outlook ("GEO Report"). He has been a researcher at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, the National Museum of Costa Rica, the University of Costa Rica and the Distance Education University of Costa Rica. He is author or co-author of 20 books published by several Costa Rican universities, Oxford University, the National Biodiversity Institute (INBio) and Tropical Nature Press.

He has written nearly 100 specialized papers about tropical ecology, biogeography and evolution, as well as about applied ecology (pollution and pests) and distance education, in international journals published in Europe, Costa Rica and the USA, including the prestigious Linnean Society of London.