WWU to Host Wildland Studies’ Allison Dolan on Oct. 11

Wildlife Studies Senior Field Studies Advisor Allison Dolan will present “Wildlands Studies and the Transformative Effect of a Field Studies Program” at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11 in Academic West 203 as part of the Huxley Speaker Series.

All Huxley Speakers Series events are free and open to the public.

alison dolan imageFor the past 40 years, Wildlands Studies has taught undergraduate field programs and offers students the opportunity to join a backcountry study team as a working field associate. Programs take place on six different continents in 16 different countries. They are nomadic by nature, evolving annually to match the latest environmental concerns of the region.

Academically rigorous, each outdoor study program earns up to 15 quarter credits and features direct contact and instruction faculty who are subject matter expert. Students come from all over North America and Canada and form small teams of 8-16. The overarching goal is for students to leave the program with extensive knowledge about a specific region and the broader skills and understanding of ecological, geological and social sciences to effectively evaluate this information in their future careers.

Allison Dolan is an alumni of the 2013 Wildlands Studies New Zealand program and now serves as the Wildlands Studies Senior Field Studies Advisor. Upon graduation from Northern Arizona University in Environmental Studies, Allison worked as an air quality consultant. She then shifted her focus to teaching environmental stewardship, and now spends her time representing Wildlands Studies, hoping to inspire students to learn experientially.

For more information on the Huxley College Speaker Series, call (360) 650-3520; complimentary parking for the Huxley Speaker Series is available in Parking Lot 12A after 4 p.m. on Thursdays during fall quarter.