Randy Kyes Leads 100th Field Course, Reflects on A Program Nearly 30 Years in the Making

Dr. Randy Kyes conducts field course while operating a drone in Thailand.

Dr. Randy Kyes operates a drone while conducting outreach program in Thailand.

Dr. Kyes often travels for up to seven months each year as the leader of the Division of Global Programs for the Washington National Primate Research Center and Director of UW’s Center for Global Field Study. Students from around the world get to learn about the convergence of environmental and global health through field course programs in countries such as: Indonesia, Nepal, China, India and Thailand. Kyes has spent nearly 30 years leading field courses in a dozen countries. UW Today writer Deborah Bach recently interviewed Dr. Kyes about his experiences, outreach efforts, challenges and rewards of running this successful program. The piece is titled: From crop-raiding monkeys to political unrest: UW’s Randy Kyes embarks on 100th field course.