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Ecologist and Animal Planet Host Jeff Corwin To Speak at Vassar

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (March 16, 2005) — Wildlife ecologist and popular Animal Planet program host Jeff Corwin will speak at the Vassar College chapel on Monday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m. Best known for his TV programs "The Jeff Corwin Experience" and "Jeff Corwin Unleashed," he will discuss the many facets of his scientific and broadcast work, as well as his advocacy efforts for rainforest conservation. The event is free and open to the public.

During a 1984 trip to Belize, a teenaged Corwin was first introduced to the tropical rainforests, which fired his interest in the study and conservation of these ecological marvels. Ten years later he returned to Belize as an expedition naturalist for the JASON Project, for their televised broadcast from the rainforest. He went on to help produce and host "Jaguar Trax," a natural history docu-drama filmed on location in the Costa Rican jungles.

"The Jeff Corwin Experience" premiered in prime time on the Animal Planet cable television network in fall 2000, and the show has steadily become one of the network's top-rated programs. By 2004, Animal Planet also launched "Jeff Corwin Unleashed" for the school-age audience, and the program has already won Corwin an Emmy Award for best performer in a children's series.

While earning his undergraduate degrees in biology and anthropology, Corwin more actively began working to protect the threatened rain forests of Central and South America. Among other results, helped establish the Emerald Canopy Rainforest Foundation, a grass-roots organization focused on educational outreach and habitat conservation. Through his work with the foundation, Corwin served on a youth action committee for the United Nations Environmental Program.

Corwin's talk is sponsored by the Neuroscience and Behavior Program, the Vassar Student Association, the department of biology, the Environmental Studies Program, and the Dean of the Faculty. For more information, contact Kathleen Susman, professor of biology, at (845) 437-7311 and kasusman@vassar.edu, and Jeff Kosmacher, director of media relations, at (845) 437-7404 and jekosmacher@vassar.edu. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cathy Jennings as far in advance as possible, at (845) 437-5370.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, March 16, 2005