Students from around the globe are drawn to Los Laureles Canyon in Tijuana as a living laboratory for various disciplinary investigations including epidemiology, ecology, urban planning and design, and border studies. And there is no one more qualified to mentor these inquiring minds than Alter Terra’s Director Oscar Romo (also a Professor at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Romo has spearheaded innovative research programs leading the conservation effort in the Los Laureles Canyon for more than a decade and is well known by his colleagues as a border region resource. His efforts have resulted in 1) the creation of a valued scientific field station/community center; 2) multiple infrastructure improvements to the built environment; 3) a community park that doubles as a successful trash and sediment source control solution; 4) a linear conservation park that serves to protect the Tijuana River Estuary, (scheduled to be expanded to extend the length of the entire canyon); 5) multiple policy changes and conservation easements in Tijuana. Every year Alter Terra assists dozens of students in developing research thesis and conducting field research. Loredana Poddie and Maria-Grazia Lombardo, Master students from the Department of Architecture at Sassari University in Alghero, Sardinia, Italy, are two of our most recent mentees. We are proud to have them on the Alter Terra team!