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Ruben Gonzalez

Ruben Gonzalez

University of California - Davis

  • Environmental Science and Management

I am interested in ecology education, agroecology, and food accessibility. I’m from a small town called Littlerock in California’s High Desert. Growing up in the desert has fueled a deep appreciation for the natural world, especially organisms and ecosystems capable of adapting and thriving in extreme conditions. Throughout this program, I look forward to learning about the ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest and gaining experience tackling conservation issues from a social justice framework. My goal is to become an educator in the field of agroecology, providing opportunities for young ecologists to gain hands-on experience in the field while also supporting food education and community-oriented conservation projects. In my free time, I enjoy going on runs, exploring nature, and baking bread.

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