Peter Palmiotto, DF is the CTEC Supervisor and the Chair of Environmental Studies Department. Palmiotto has been interested in the biological attributes of individual tree species that influence ecosystem level processes and biological diversity in forest ecosystems in tropical ecosystems of Malesia. He has also been advising a number of students conducting thesis and dissertation work throughout the tropics, such as Belize, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Honduras, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Rwanda, and Uganda.
Jean Kayira, PhD is the CTEC Co-supervisor and the interim Co-Director Doctoral Program in Environmental Studies. Kayira has been engaged in a variety of research working with youth and teacher candidates, from all over the tropics and beyond, on issues of sustainability, particularly examining Indigenous knowledge and sustainability, youth identity in relation to place and sustainability, and social and ecological justice pedagogies. She has also been advising dissertation work that focus on tropical regions.
Beth Kaplin, PhD is the founder of CTEC and former CTEC Director, currently the AUNE affiliate faculty. Kaplin has long term research projects in the Nyungwe Forest Reserve, Rwanda, East Africa. Research projects in this tropical montane forest include long-term phenology, forest regeneration, seed dispersal ecology, forest monkey behavioral ecology and habitat use studies, and biodiversity surveys, buffer zone ecology management. Kaplin has been based in Rwanda, where she has been provided pivotal support to the Rwandan Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resources Management (CoEB), a new affiliate institution of CTE, where she currently serves as acting Director.
CTEC Students are currently conducting thesis and dissertation work throughout the tropics in Belize, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Honduras, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Rwanda, and Uganda.