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About Gary A. Klee

Gary is currently under contract with UC Press to write a new book tentatively entitled California Coastal Wetland Guide, which if all goes as planned, will be a trade book highlighting the environmental issues and conservation strategies related to wetland habitats. For the last several years, he and his wife and two Shih Tzu’s, have been traveling up and down the California coast in their “Photo Van” (a 1990 VW Camper Van), touring and photographing the wetlands with local environmental scientists, resource managers, and government officials. Gary strongly believes that photography is an important tool for protecting and preserving important habitats. Hence, why he has taken one of his hobbies and skill sets (i.e., photography), and turned into a book project in “Conservation Photography”—going beyond just taking “pretty post card” photographs. Previous to this book project, he published The Coastal Environment: Toward Integrated Coastal and Marine Sanctuary Management (Prentice Hall, 1999);Conservation of Natural Resources (Prentice Hall 1991); and World Systems of Traditional Resource Management (Edward Arnold 1980).
He especially enjoys working with graduate students that share his interest in preserving America's (and other country's) coastal heritage. Gary has chaired or served on graduate thesis committees dealing with coastal topics, as well as topics dealing with traditional island fisheries (Palau; Panama), Panda Bear conservation (Nepal), Sea Lion protection (Monterey Bay, California), and native plant landscaping (San José, California) … just to name a few. He has also worked on thesis committees dealing with photography (e.g., the transition from film to digital photography and its impacts on water and energy use). Being a RPCV (Returned Peace Corps Volunteer) himself, Gary also enjoys sponsoring such graduate students that are interested in human (cultural) ecology and international development type research.


Present Professor, Environmental Studies Department, San Jose State University

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Books published: Since appointment to SJSU faculty (3)

Articles, chapters in books, notes, or photographs published: Since appointment to SJSU faculty (23)