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Bethel professor to present seminar on biodiversity conservation

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Jon K. Piper, professor of biology at Bethel College, will present "Agriculture and Tropical Biodiversity Conservation: Two Examples from Costa Rica" for the next Bethel College faculty seminar at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7 in the Administration Building Chapel on the Bethel College campus. Piper’s seminar, based on his studies done in Costa Rica during a sabbatical from teaching last spring, will examine the relationship between pasture production and biodiversity conservation.

According to Piper, much of the original Central American rainforest has been felled to provide pasture for cattle production. At the same time, there is growing interest in restoring old pastures to habitat that will support native trees, birds and other species.

Piper’s seminar will discuss two forest restoration projects in Costa Rica, one near the Panamanian border and the other in the Monteverde region.

Piper, who earned his doctoral degree in botany from Washington State University, has taught at Bethel College since 1997.

The faculty seminar series at Bethel College provides a forum for faculty to present results of recent study or research. Admission is free and open to the public.

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