In summer 2007, Professor Jaime Gómez took seven communication students to Mexico to visit Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve and Biology Station in Veracruz, Mexico, operated by the Universidad Nacional de Mexico.
The Eastern students applied their knowledge of videography to the world of ecology in creating a documentary about the rainforests. As they gained experience in the technical and creative process of digital video production, they created a video about the rainforest environment. Juan Nuñez-Farfan, an ecologist and genetic evolutionist from the Universidad Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM), and a team of UNAM instructors accompanied the students on extensive hikes in the rainforest, in addition to conducting tours of other ecosystems such as the Catemaco mangroves. The result is the documentary, “The Understory.”