Fall Colloquium Series: Dr. Kenneth R. Young
Kenneth Young’s Ph.D. is from the Department of Geography, University of Colorado at Boulder. Previously he obtained a M.S. in botany (University of Florida) and a B.S. in ecology, ethology, and evolution (University of Illinois). He has spent extended periods in tropical countries, including research in Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Peru, in addition to U.S. Peace Corps service in Guatemala. He came to the University of Texas in 2000, after being an assistant and associate professor in the University of Maryland Baltimore County for seven years.
Young teaches a wide range of courses in physical geography and human-environment interactions, including Anthropocene, Biogeography, Climate Change, Comparative Ecosystems, Landscape Ecology, and the Natural Environment. He regularly teaches a topics graduate seminar in Biodiversity Conservation.
Kenneth Young does policy-relevant research that informs biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. He does this by linking biogeography and landscape ecology to questions of ecosystem dynamics and aspects of global environmental and socioeconomic change. He has worked in natural and utilized landscapes in tropical areas and aspires to understand the global tropics, especially as affected by humans. He studies protected areas in relation to conservation biology, to climate change, and to land use. Most recently he has been splitting his research efforts between Andean landscapes and the tropical forests and floodplains of the western Amazon.