I am a forest canopy biologist and I study a variety of organisms that inhabit tall temperate rainforest canopies. I have long been fascinated by the many ways in which organisms have adapted themselves to complex and unique habitats in both canopy and terrestrial environments. In Patagonia we will observe a fascinating variety of species assemblages and habitats that have developed in extreme and dynamic conditions. There is nothing I would rather do than facilitate and encourage in others interest, understanding, and appreciation for their natural surroundings and cohabitants. Nor can I think of a more profound and captivating landscape than the mountains, forests, and plateaus of Patagonia in which to provide a context for such an experience. I am looking forward to another year of teaching with the Sierra Institute. I have also taught general botany, vascular plant taxonomy, and herpetology at Humboldt State University as a teaching associate.
I hope that you will find Patagonia and the Andean Cordillera to be as captivating and enchanting for you as they are to me. I look forward to meeting you and to sharing with you these vast expanses, the warm hospitality of our Argentine and Chilean co-workers, and what this place, Patagonia, has to teach us all. See you soon!
Brett Lovelace, M.A.
Humboldt State University
Office of Distance and Extended Education
Student and Business Services, Suite 211
Arcata, CA 95521
Fax (707) 826-5885