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Alice Tym fell in love with Latin America in 1962 when she did a tour for the State Department. She has returned many times including a trip down the Amazon in 2013. Latin America agriculture and politics are her particular interests in the region. She has revisited the areas of Sandinista conflict many times, most recently Nicaragua, the location of this mural, in the spring of 2013. She recommends reading the new book Commandante by Rory Carroll to better understand the region.


polarAlice Tym’s World Resources 2500 is cross-listed with Environmental Studies 2500. Environmental conservation has been a focal point in her life since she began walking with her ornithologist father. Helping students appreciate nature is her mission in life. Knowledge and understanding are keys to appreciation and appreciation leads to preservation. Whether it is the polar bears of Churchill, Manitoba as seen here or the tree-climbing lions of Manyara, habitat preservation is essential. University students need to be active in guiding environmental policy-making.





 Alice Tym’s favorite area of research is East Africa. Its magnificent geology and spectacular wildlife keep her coming back year after year. The human diversity, colonial legacy, and complex politics make this region challenging for geographers and environmentalists alike. Students who choose to do Independent Study are able to focus on a specific area of Africa for an in-depth analysis.




 Physical geography, particularly landforms and their composition, is Alice Tym’s primary interest. In Physical Geography 1010 the emphasis is on the representative landforms of the US national parks. She utilizes the many personal photographs of her visits to the parks from Acadia to the Everglades, Glacier to Death Valley, and Big Bend. Patagonia is one of her favorite destinations; Chile’s Torres del Paine is shown in this photograph. 


Living in Chattanooga, Tennessee is ideal for studying the dynamic changes in a city full of recreational opportunities. Alice Tym has done economic impact studies on bouldering/rock climbing and bicycling in the area for presentation at Geography Conferences. Students are encouraged to do research on local features and to accompany Ms. Tym and to present their findings at the SEDAAG Conference. Internships are also available to work with many of the environmental organizations in Chattanooga. Students are also encouraged to volunteer for the many events, such as the American Trail Symposium, River Rocks, and Chattanooga Outdoors calendar events. Alice says, “Here in Chattanooga students walk the walk and talk the talk of environmental activism. We all may have the same sky but we set our horizons a bit higher.”