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Valdez, ReneResearch topic: Perceptions of invasive species management and genetic engineering technologies for biodiversity conservation on islands
Area of research:  Human dimensions of wildlife and natural resources
Career goal: Social/policy scientist for a government agency
Other interests/activities: 2014-2015 President of NC State Chapter of International Society of Tropical Foresters.
Recipient of IGERT Fellowship, Genetic Engineering and Society: the case of transgenic pests.
Rene has a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Texas A&M and  a MS in Forestry at Stephen F. Austin State University.