About Me

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, studied 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 was in integrated waste management in the private sector. Upon my hire for my tenure track teaching position, I began exploring the intersection of environmental science and equity. My interest led me to continue my studies at the University of San Francisco, School of Education. In the Spring of 2018, I successfully defended my dissertation (link provided below) and earned my doctoral degree in Education in Organization and Leadership. 

The focus of my work post-doctorate is around applications of equity in the classroom, in the field, and in organizations. Below I have provided links to examples of the projects I have collaborated on with my students in addition to my independent work. 

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

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

Examples of student work:

In Memoriam:

  • Healing Through Loss- Dia de Los Muertos Altar, De Anza Kirsch Center, Fall, 2019 (Photo 1, Photo 2)

Classes I Teach

Spring 2024

46560ES 250ZIntroduction to Sustainability
47910ESCI 1L0Environmental Science Laboratory

Winter 2024

38116ES 104ZIntroduction to Environmental Studies
37037ES 250ZIntroduction to Sustainability
38998ES 77X67RSpecial Projects in Environmental Studies
38260ESCI 10Environmental Science
38856ESCI 105ZEnvironmental 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., The University of California Santa Barbara, 2004


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