I love learning from environmental education programs, visiting national parks and green infrastructure sites, and meeting with environmental professionals around the world. Traveling to new places allows me to collect and share real-life stories and interesting examples with my students. Immersing myself into different cultures and places also inspires my research, gives me a fresh perspective on environmental issues and solutions, and connects me with experts and potential collaborators. I'm aware that my travels increase my ecological footprint, yet I try to limit leisure travel, eat mostly a plant-based diet, and consume less material resources.
THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS (winter 2018-2019)
I like combining my trips with taking photos or producing videos that I can use in courses that I develop and teach. Here are two example videos: from an eco-school in Taiwan, and an environmental education organization in Mexico.
JIAN-AN ECO-SCHOOL IN TAIWAN
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION IN MEXICO CITY (CICEANA)
US NATIONAL PARKS
I'm a huge fan of American national parks. My favorite parks include: Sequoia NP, Everglades NP, Yellowstone NP, Yosemite NP, Denali NP, Hawai'i Volcanoes NP, Point Reyes NS, Gran Canyon NP, Redwoods NP, Badlands NP, Acadia NP, Death Valley NP, Arches NP, Rocky Mountain NP, Olympic NP, and many more... Actually, I love them all! I've visited several of these parks during my road trips around the US (1, 2).
INTERNATIONAL TRIPS AND COLLABORATION
To learn more about the global environment and cultures, I have visited all 7 continents and 5 oceans, 50 US states, and 38 countries (blue shades on the map). Each year I participate in international conferences or other professional meetings. For one year in 2013–2014, I was a digital nomad — I worked distantly for Cornell University by editing a book and teaching online — and at the same time I traveled around the world to visit environmental programs, meet with environmental professionals, and see various ecosystems. I hope to continue to collaborate internationally to enhance my teaching and research.