Dr. Vanessa Slinger-Friedman is a Professor of Geography in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Kennesaw State University. Originally from Trinidad, Dr. Slinger-Friedman obtained her M.A. in Latin American Studies and Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Florida. Her work has included a World Bank sponsored study in Mexico and El Salvador of Vetiver grass technology for soil erosion control, the use of an agroforestry system for Amazonian urban resettlement in Acre, Brazil, and the use of ecotourism on Dominica, W.I., for economic development and nature preservation. Dr. Slinger-Friedman has a regional focus on Latin America and the Caribbean and the SE United States, where she has researched ecotourism and the impact of Latino immigration respectively. Her other research interests include innovative pedagogy in geography and online teaching.