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Endangered species advocate and researcher to deliver 2017 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture at Creighton, Feb. 23

Patricia Wright, PhD, a professor of anthropology at Stony Brook University and founder of the ValBio research campus in Madagascar, will deliver the 2017 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture on Feb. 23.A scholar and champion of endangered species on the island nation of Madagascar, one of the world’s most ecologically diverse places, will deliver the 2017 Creighton University Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture next month.

Patricia Wright, PhD, Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology and director of the Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments at Stony Brook University, will talk about the plight and resurgence of lemurs in a talk titled “Back from the Brink of Extinction: Saving Lemurs in Madagascar,” on Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. in the Harper Center Ballroom on the Creighton campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The founder of Centre ValBio, a modern research campus located in one of Madagascar’s rainforests, Wright has, for more than two decades, combined her research interests with efforts to help preserve and defend the nation’s endangered forests and the plant and animal species living in them.

In 1991, largely due to Wright’s research and advocacy, Madagascar preserved 108,000 acres of rainforest as the Ranomafana National Park. The park is home to several endangered species of lemur and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Wright is a 1989 MacArthur Foundation Fellow and has been decorated by the government of Madagascar for her efforts, most recently being named an Officier d’Ordre National.

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