Dept. of Marine and Environmental Sciences
- B.S. Botany and Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside. Spring 2001.
- Ph.D. Evolution, Ecology, and Population Biology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO. Spring 2007.
Areas of Research
My research interests lie at the crossroads between ethnobotany, or the cultural uses of plants, conservation, and ecology. My primary interests are related to preserving traditional cultures and knowledge. However, without understanding and knowing the plants that people use and the ecosystem where these plants and humans live, we can never be effective at conserving them. My research includes projects in biological inventories, bioinformatics, GIS, and ecology in parts of Asia, the Pacific, and the Caribbean.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
As a teacher, I strive to make material accessible to students of all levels. I feel that teaching should include not only lectures that provide information, but include discussion allowing the expression of thoughts and ideas, as well as activities that allow the application of lessons learned.