Terrestrial ecology including forest, desert, and alpine ecosystems; complex systems dynamics; the interface of landscape and culture; and the relationship of scientific principles to sustainable human systems.
Tom Wessels is an ecologist and founding director of the master's degree program in Conservation Biology at Antioch University New England. An ecology educator for more than thirty years, he is also an author of many successful and highly acclaimed books about ecology related subjects. The two best known books are Reading the Forested Landscape: A Natural History of New England
and The Myth of Progress: Toward a Sustainable Future
Research in plant-animal interactions, specifically seed dispersal ecology, and the study of primate ecology, evolutionary history (mainly old world primates), and primate conservation. Focus on protected areas at the interface of human and ecological systems and conservation of biodiversity and ecological processes within protected areas while working with local communities. Work with developing countries to build higher education programs, research capacity, and conservation science education.
Dr. Beth Kaplin earned a BS in Wildlife Biology with a minor in Fisheries Biology; a MS in Zoology; and a PhD in Zoology. She has ten-plus years experience teaching environmental studies at the graduate level and advising U.S. and international graduate students on research projects. She has been active in a twenty-year research program in an east African (Albertine Rift region) tropical montane forest, lived in Rwanda for four years as well as two-four month visits every year, and has traveled and worked in Burundi, Uganda, and Kenya.