Patrick Kangas, Ph.D. is a systems ecologist with interests in ecological engineering and tropical sustainable development. He received his B.S. degree from Kent State University in biology, his M.S. from the University of Oklahoma in botany and ecology, and his Ph.D. degree in environmental engineering sciences from the University of Florida. After graduating, Dr. Kangas took a position in the biology department of Eastern Michigan University and taught there for 11 years. In 1990 he moved to the University of Maryland where he is coordinator of the Natural Resources Management Program and associate professor in the Biological Resources Engineering Department. He has conducted research in Puerto Rico, Brazil, and Belize and has led travel-study programs throughout the neotropics. Dr. Kangas has published more than 50 papers, book chapters, and contract reports on a variety of environmental subjects.

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