Urquhart, Gerald

Urquhart, Gerald
Michigan State University

I am a tropical ecologist and an assistant professor of biology at Michigan State University. I teach in the Lyman Briggs College at MSU, a residential, undergraduate program for the study of science and society. My research focuses on the impacts of globalization on tropical forests and their biodiversity. I have worked for nearly 20 years on the "Mosquito Coast" of Nicaragua in remote locations that are now feeling the impacts of globalization. A native of Michigan, I attended Lyman Briggs College (where I now teach) as an undergraduate and received my M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. I held a postdoctoral position at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama before coming back to MSU in 1998

Research Interests: 
coupled natural and human systems; paleoecology and archaeology; natural history