Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Travis Reynolds was honored with the Charles W. Bassett Teaching Award, presented annually by the senior class. On Monday, May 21, he will deliver the Last Lecture to the Class of 2018 at 4 p.m. in Page Commons Room in Cotter Union.
Reynolds, awarded tenure at Colby earlier this year, is known for his enthusiastic inclusion of undergraduates in many research projects, including his signature project of so-called “church forests” in northern Ethiopia.
“Colby has been an exceptionally exciting place to teach and to conduct research on rural food systems, agricultural sustainability, community-based natural resource management, and environmental and social justice,” Reynolds said. “I am especially grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to work with and learn from my extraordinary students. Some of the most rewarding conversations I have ever had (at Colby or elsewhere) have been with them, whether in the classroom, in the dining halls, on my family’s farm in Vermont, or in the northern highlands of Ethiopia.”
A former Peace Corps volunteer and specialist in biodiversity and sustainable agriculture, Reynolds joined Colby’s Environmental Studies Program in 2011. He grew up on an organic farm in Vermont and earned his Ph.D. in public policy and management from the University of Washington, where his work with C. Leigh Anderson garnered a $4.58-million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. As co-principal investigator on the grant, Reynolds continues to work on research projects in international development issues. Every year several Colby undergraduates participate in that work.