About the Instructor
Mr. George Walker
Mr. George Walker recently retired as a senior field biologist from the federal government, wherein he worked for the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Agriculture Research Service. Mr. Walker graduated from Humboldt State University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in zoology and a minor in biology. After Humboldt State University, he spent a year at San Diego State University in graduate studies before being employed by the federal government. Upon his retirement, he returned to school to earn a Master of Science degree from California State University, San Bernardino, in 2005. Using molecular markers and DNA sequences, he investigated the levels and patterns of genetic variation for the Lane Mountain milk vetch (an endangered species of plant) for his thesis project. Beginning in the Fall of 2006, he will begin a Ph.D. program of study at the University of WyomingÂs Department of Botany, where he will study evolutionary biology and population genetics of rare and endangered plants under the direction of Dr. Alex Buerkle.
Mr. WalkerÂs other interests include photography (especially plants and insects in their natural habitats), fly fishing, hiking, and exploring the biological diversity of the western United States. Mr. Walker currently resides in Laramie, Wyoming with his wife Willa of thirty years.