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Coastal Carolina University presents new public lecture series, "Eyes on Biology"

February 14, 2003

"Eyes on Biology," a series of three public lectures presented by members of Coastal Carolina University's biology faculty, will focus on topics relating to ecology and wildlife. The lectures are scheduled to be held in Wall Auditorium on the Coastal campus and are free and open to the public.

The following events are scheduled.

- The Bizarre Biology of Bats-Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.
Speaker Wendy Hood, assistant professor of biology at Coastal, has done extensive research on bats and has published several articles on the biology of "these extraordinary creatures," as she calls them. Hood earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz, a master's and Ph.D. from Boston University, and she did postdoctoral research at Fordham University in New York. She joined the Coastal faculty in 2002.

- Don't let them "bug" you: Using bugs to save our rivers-Wednesday, March 26 at 7 p.m.
Speaker John Hutchens, assistant professor of biology, conducts research on the structure and function of stream ecosystems and is particularly interested in how human activity impacts our streams. He is now studying streams that drain into the Waccamaw River. Hutchens earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. He has done postdoctoral research with the Natural Resources Research Institute and the Environmental Protection Agency. He joined the Coastal faculty in 2002.

- The Sex Lives of Insects-Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m.
Speaker Mary Crowe, associate professor of biology at Coastal, researches the behavior of ghost and fiddler crabs and has always maintained a special interest in insects, particularly butterflies. She teaches a variety of courses at Coastal, including animal behavior. Crowe earned a Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University and she has served on the Coastal faculty for eight years.

For more information, contact Coastal's Department of Biology at 349-2238.