Want to save the world? Start with the ground beneath your feet.
Bruce Benz, professor of biology at Texas Wesleyan University, is working with his students to catalog native Texas plants at the Tandy Hills Natural Area prairie, just a few short blocks from the Texas Wesleyan campus in Fort Worth Texas.
"At Wesleyan I've been able to get out into the field and do the work of a field biologist," Emily Hawkins, one of Benz's biology students, said. "It makes it feel more relevant -- it makes it feel like what you're studying is actually applicable to a career."
The faculty at Texas Wesleyan's biology program are experts in their fields of study -- Bruce, is a biologist with experience not just in Texas, but in other regions of the U.S., as well as in Mexico. Texas Wesleyan's professors are experts, but they are also teachers, and students are taught in class by their professors -- not a TA.
"Today what you need is the ability to think on your feet, realize what you don't know, so that you can actually assert the right points and ask the right questions," Benz said.