To Whom It May Concern:
February 26, 2012
I am Kenneth Broad, Director of the Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem...
Nat. Geo. Reference Letter
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Nat. Geo. Reference Letter

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  • 1. To Whom It May Concern: February 26, 2012 I am Kenneth Broad, Director of the Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy and Professor of Marine Affairs and Policy at the University of Miami. Please accept this letter of reference for Ms. Tu Trinh Nguyen Ha. I was introduced to Tu Trinh Nguyen Ha while conducting a National Geographic research expedition in Vietnam on the topic of biological and cultural aspects of snake venom use. Trinh was a vital resource during our three-week trip, not only for her excellent translation skills, but for her ability to help us navigate a variety of social situations with ease. During extensive interviews with a range of persons from the city, country, and government agencies, Trinh was able to provide cultural context to the information we were receiving. Normally, working through a translator can be tedious and nuances are lost in translation, but in the opposite was true during our time with Trinh. In addition to her attention to detail, Trinh’s easygoing, honest personality put our subjects at ease and set the tone for very open communication. Trinh has boundless energy. Despite long hours, often in difficult terrain, Trinh was always prepared to participate and made us feel welcome in a foreign environment. Trinh has a unique ability not only to understand her own culture and language, but also to find a way of presenting it that is easily understood by outsiders. Again, her enthusiasm, warmth, honesty and hard working nature are matched by her intelligence - a rare combination. I would not consider working in Vietnam again without her assistance. In addition to interviews, Trinh also helped gather written materials and conducted online research in support of our project. In all cases, she delivered materials in a timely and professional manner. The success of our research trip was largely due to Trinh being a key member of our team. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need any more information. Sincerely, Kenneth Broad, Ph.D. Email:

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