Training the scientists and citizens for the future is an incredibly important job. I have enjoyed the challenge of helping a students and collaborators achieve their learning and research goals. I have had the privilege to work with a great diversity of aspiring scientists from around the world. My broad professional background has served in advising students on career paths and options. I have enjoyed working with undergraduates and graduate students as a research supervisor on several projects. I look forward to a long career of training aspiring scientists. I have several publications that have resulted from international workshops co-sponsored by the NSF and Chinese NSF including papers published in the Journal of Plant Ecology, Journal of Biogeography, and the Journal of Vegetation Science.