Seminar Title: "Backwards design in ecosystems science and management: equitable engagement and intended outcomes as a starting point"

When December 5, 2022, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Where 217 Forest Resources Building

Dr. Alexis Racelis holds the Houston Endowed Chair for Science and Technology at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, where he serves as an Associate Professor in the School for Earth, Environmental, and Marine Science, and Director of the Agroecology and Resilient Food Systems Program. He is also the Co- Director of the Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Advancement. His program reflects deep commitment to the region-- a diverse, working-class community at the heart of the U.S./Mexico border that produces and imports massive quantities of food yet has tremendous poverty and food insecurity. Alex’s research, often undertaken in collaboration with local growers, uses science-based approaches to elucidate patterns how landowner decision-making influences, or is influenced by, environmental and socio-economic implications.  Recently inducted as a Fellow of the University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers, Alex emphasizes ecological literacy in students and community through accessible, transformative education through engaged scholarship, experiential learning, and cultural-relevant pedagogy. He currently serves as an appointed Member of USDA’s Federal Equity Commission, Subcommittee in Agriculture.