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Renee Owens
Renee Owens

Renee Owens


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 Welcome Students!

I am a conservation biologist and environmental scientist and have had the privilege of teaching subjects like Environmental Science, Botany, Tropical Ecology, Zoology, and Marine Biology here at IVC, Palomar College, SDSU, and Boston University.

However one of my favorite classes to teach is Environmental Science because it is so relevant to modern day life, and covers so many interesting topics, such as food, health, agriculture, energy, water, wildlife, and new technologies like biomimicry, to name just a few. I strongly believe it is one of the most important classes a student can take, whether they are a new or returning student.

In my photo I'm holding one of the hundreds green anacondas I caught and released for a conservation research project where I lived in a remote region of Venezuela. We received a grant from National Geographic to study this little-known species, and as a result our work was filmed by National Geographic, the Discovery Channel, Dateline NBC, and BBC. 

 I have studied many habitats and species, and worked in many places and for all kinds of groups ( Universities, conservation organizations, developers, government agencies, and private landowners) from California to Canada, New York to New Mexico, Arizona to Arkansas, and Guyana to the Galapagos. In other words there are MANY important, interesting, and exciting things you can do with a degree in the sciences!

My classes go on optional field trips to the Anza Borrego desert, Cuyamaca State Park in the mountains, or the Wildlife Refuge at the Salton Sea. Whether or not you can join us, I highly recommend getting outdoors in nature to explore all it has to offer. 

The following are photos of student field trips to Mission Trails County Park, Anza Borrego State Park, the Salton Sea, San Diego River, and Borrego Springs Hawkwatch.





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Wednesday, 22 August 2012 14:19

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