José R. Menéndez (b.08/80) grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is a graphic and a senior landscape designer with ten years of experience in landscape architecture and urban design. José recently completed an MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. At URI José is pursuing a PhD in Visualization. He is interested in creating useful methods that will help to convey and communicate climate change issues to people. José looks forward to collaborating with his peers as well as contributing to the rich history of the Marine Affairs Program at URI.