Faculty Spotlight: Professor Emeritus Robert Gara


Professor Emeritus Robert Gara spent nearly 40 years as Professor of Entomology at the UW’s College of Forest Resources (now the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences). He served as an advisor to graduate students on their horticulture projects at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Let’s learn a little more about his background…

Q: What are some of your hobbies or passions outside of work?

Bob enjoys spending his free time teaching courses on insects at the Anacortes Senior College. He also spends time consulting with law firms and others on entomological problems that he specializes in. Finally, Bob has been finding a way to make time to learn a new craft, as he is currently an art student at Skagit College.

Q: What is your favorite plant right now?

Bob is currently a fan of Washington’s native conifer trees.

Q: Where is one place that you’d love to visit (or have visited) due to its environment/horticulture?

Bob has been to Southern Chile!

Q: How would you describe yourself?

Bob sees himself as someone whose passion is to teach others about the beauty and science of forests, insects and ultimately, their interaction with each other.