I have just begun a Master's degree at Brigham Young University here in Provo, Utah. My major is Biological Sciences Education and they have given me the lattitude to research whateven I think is intertesting. I received a Bachelor's degree in Ecology from Massey University in New Zealand last year. By the end of that degree I loved the principles involved in the study of population and community ecology but the only three options presented at the university for application of this knowledge were research/teaching, conservation, and natural resource management. I read up on a couple of different author's ideas of sustainable living, but when I came across "Permaculture: A Designer's Manual" by chance in my little public library I knew I had found the perfect way to apply my knowledge of ecological interactions to the design of human sustaining living systems. I have some ideas on how to integrate the research I will undertake in my advanced degrees with Permaculture - not just to earn me a doctorate (eventually) but to further the cause of Permaculture. I hope to get my design certificate as soon as practicle, but right now I need to decide what to reasearch. I'd like to talk to(or even just write back and forth to) leaders/researchers in the field about what they think would be helpful for me to do my thesis on. The idea I favor most right now is doing a study of the teaching practices of instuctors at several Permaculture Institutes (ie what methods instructors use to ensure their students really learn the topics covered in these short design courses and how these methods could be improved). If there is someone in particular I should ask these questions of, please let me know.