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Monday, MAY 5 – “Birds and Coffee”, Valery Peters, Department of Biology, Miami University


Valery PetersCoffee covers more than 10 million hectares of land globally, and coffee is one crop that can be managed for biodiversity because coffee flavor is improved when grown under shade trees. Some species using coffee agroforests may also provide services to the coffee plants, such as pollination and control of pests. This talk will focus on how birds and coffee can benefit each other, presenting a case-study from Costa Rica.

Dr. Peters earned her B.S. in Biology from Pennsylvania State University. After undergrad she wanted to pursue a PhD, but first planned to spend 5 years learning about real-world conservation issues so she could choose a meaningful dissertation topic. So, she spent one year as an Americorps NCCC volunteer in Northeastern U.S., one year as an Americorps Red Cross Volunteer in Chicago, and 2.5 years with the Peace Corps in Honduras. In 2009 Valery  completed her PhD in Ecology at the University of Georgia at the Odum School of ecology, the successor of the Institute of Ecology at UGA.  Dr. Peters is currently a post-doctoral member of the Department of Biology at Miami University.

Dr. Peter’s talk will be in 218 Pearson hall at 7:30 P.M.  All meetings are open to the public.

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