UW Tacoma Expedition Fellows is underway - we are all settled in Alajuela, Costa Rica, ready for an exciting 10-day adventure. Tomorrow morning we are heading up to the highlands, where we'll spend a few days exploring the process of coffee production, from farm to roasting...then we'll head down into the mountains to spend several days in a small farming community doing some community service, restoration planting, and learning about tropical forests and cacoa plantations....then it's off to the coast for a few days to check out mangrove ecosystems and explore coastal ecotourism development. Stay tuned for more updates on our adventure!
I'm the Director of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) at California State University, Monterey Bay. Prior to that, I was at the University of Washington, Tacoma campus for 16 years, where I was a Professor in the Environmental Science program and also served as the Director of the Office of International Programs as well as Director of Undergraduate Education for a few years. Trained as an ecologist, I'm interested in various aspects of global conservation and agricultural production - my field research often takes me and my students to interesting places to explore various aspects of these two issues.