Jacob Lang is a doctoral candidate in English at UCLA, where he specializes in writing pedagogy, modern American fiction and poetry, and environmental studies. Jacob earned his M.A. in English at UCLA and his B.A. from the New School University in New York, where he double-majored in literature and creative writing. Jacob has taught courses on a variety of subjects, including urban ecology, visual culture, hip hop, early modern drama, political activism, contemporary short fiction, and ecopoetry. Jacob is a docent at UCLA’s Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden and the Central Branch of the LA Public Library. His current research examines collaborative learning practices for composition and rhetoric. His research also considers the littoral role of the coastline, and native plants and animals in twentieth-century American poetry. He is the author of The Gottlieb Native Garden: An Intimate Wildlife Journey, as well as a passionate participant in UCLA’s AAP Freshman/Transfer Summer Program, which prepares first-generation, low-income, historically underrepresented students to successfully transition to UCLA. In addition to his devotion to teaching, Jacob cherishes spending time outdoors exploring California’s myriad wilderness areas.