About Me

The more we take the less we become. The fortune of one man leaves less for some.

As a former De Anza student, I do my best to work with my students to help them to understand the materials covered in my classes and to show them their own capabilities. My educational background is in environmental science and ecology, evolution, and marine biology. As a student, I participated in study abroad programs focused around tropical ecology, studying Restoration Ecology, with an emphasis on pollution prevention. I have worked in the private, public and academic sectors, which allows me to bring a unique perspective to my classroom. The primary focus of my career prior to becoming an instructor has been on integrated waste management. As an instructor, I continue to educate myself in all aspects of my interests, including waste management and recycling, tropical ecology, social and environmental justice, biology, and environmental studies and sciences.

Ed.D (2018), Organization and Leadership, University of San Francisco

M.S., Environmental Science and Management, University of California Santa Barbara, 2004

B.S., Environmental Studies (Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology emphasis), University of California Santa Barbara, 2001

My teaching style is engaged and project based. Examples of student work are linked below:

ESRI Story Maps

De Anza Garden to Table

Classes I Teach

Winter 2020

35693ES 165ZIntroduction to Environmental Studies
36310ES 21Introduction to Sustainability
35701ESCI 11Environmental Science

Fall 2019

25701BIOL 87Y66RSpecial Projects in Biology Education
25402ES 13Introduction to Environmental Studies
25401ES 165ZIntroduction to Environmental Studies
00591ES 21Introduction to Sustainability
24871ESCI 1L1Environmental Science Laboratory
25723ESCI 7768RSpecial Projects in Environmental Science
25724ESCI 77X66RSpecial Projects in Environmental Science
25728ESCI 77Y66RSpecial Projects in Environmental Science

Faculty Info

Dr. De Toro

Alicia De Toro

Environmental Studies



KC 214


E.d.D. The University of San Francisco, Organization and Leadership

M.E.S.M., University of California Santa Barbara, 2004

Office Hours

By appointment

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