I am currently working as an Adjunct Professor at Dixie State University, St. George, UT teaching both Geography and Communication courses. I have Masters degrees in both Education and Geography from UMass Amherst and am slowly working toward my PhD in Geosciences.
My research focuses on linking climate change in the early decades of the twentieth century with the channeling of the Virgin River. The effects of this removal of the Virgin River from its native geomorphology and flood plain has had a disastrous effect on the Fremont Cottonwood trees, a major species in the riparian ecosystem of Zion Canyon in Zion National Park.
I am also an artist and have shown my work in New York City as well as in museums in Utah. I can be reached at Kavarra@yahoo.com as well as through my UMass email.