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Costa Rica and the Impacts of Global Change, November 12


Monday November 12, 2012 – Naturalists’ Perspective on Costa Rica and the Impacts of Global Change. Speakers: Hays Cummins, Western Program, and Donna McCollum, Institute for the Environment & Sustainability, Miami University. 7:30 p.m., 2nd Floor Community Room, Lebanon Citizens National Bank, Oxford, Ohio.

One of the many interests Hays Cummins and Donna McCollum have in common is their love for work in the field. That love has taken each of them to locations as varied as Belize, the Bahamas, Curacao, and the wetlands of Butler County, Ohio. The two will share with us insights formed during recent field work in Costa Rica, and they will show their best examples of nature photography from there. (See Cummins’ class syllabus and links to a multitude of images at

Cummins is Professor of Geography, an affiliate of the Department of Geology, an Affiliate and Fellow of the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability and the former Harrison Scholars Professor in the Honors and Scholars Program. He teaches in the Western Program, where he directs the Inquiry Center. He has taught more than 70 international field courses and is a founding Co-Director of both Project Dragonfly and Earth Expeditions. Donna McCollum has been with Miami’s Master of Environmental Science program since 2007. She is Environmental Monitoring Coordinator and is responsible for many natural science service-learning initiatives, such as the Butler County Stream Team.

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