Dr. McBride’s philosophy in education is to provide both knowledge and experiences where students can apply the knowledge to solving problems of landscape design, land use planning, and resource management. His teaching, research, and professional practice is aimed at application of ecological understanding to landscape planning and management. McBride’s research has spanned a spectrum from urban to wildland studies, with a primary interest in understanding how different land use activities influence patterns of plant succession. He has a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.S. in Forestry from University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in Forestry from the University of Montana, Missoula.