Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Eco-Tourism Researcher to Share Experiences October 12 at Washington College

A researcher and manager of sustainable tourism projects will talk about her experiences, and offer advice for eco-friendly travel when she visits her alma mater, Washington College, Tuesday, October 12. Christina T. Cavaliere is now a senior research assistant at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, where she is completing her PhD. She formerly headed up training and education for the International Ecotourism Society, a D.C.-based organization that promotes sustainable travel. Her lecture, “Bio-cultural Conservation & Climate Change: Agro-ecotourism in the Tropics,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Litrenta Lecture Hall, Toll Science Center.

Cavaliere earned her B.A. degree in Environmental Studies and Fine Arts from Washington College in 1999. She spent a semester in Thailand studying the environmental practices of the Hmong communities and traveled to Ecuador for a month to conduct environmental field studies in the Amazon region and the Galapagos Islands. She went on to earn a master’s degree with a focus on research tourism and tropical forest conservation from James Cook University in Queensland, Australia and is now a PhD candidate at The University of Otago. She has worked in more than 35 countries on six continents, focusing mostly on equatorial climates.

Cavaliere’s October 12 talk is sponsored by the Joseph H. McLain Program in Environmental Studies at Washington College.

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