Free Talk on Conservation Implications of Human-Jaquar Conflicts in Southern Belize" by Dr. Michael Steinberg

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(February 20th, 2012) PRESCOTT, Ariz. – Prescott College is hosting a free talk on "Conservation Implications of Human-Jaguar Conflicts in Southern Belize " by Dr. Michael Steinberg at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, 2012, at the Crossroads Center, (Room 100). For information please contact Joel Barnes, (928) 350-2206,

Michael Steinberg is an Associate Professor in the New College of the University of Alabama. He is an environmental geographer with research and teaching focused on conservation issues and endangered species. He has published articles and books on topics ranging from the ivory-billed woodpecker in Louisiana to the erosion of maize diversity in highland Guatemala. He is particularly interested in the cultural-environmental conservation interface. He is an associate professor in the New College at the University of Alabama and curator of ornithology at the University Natural History Museum. He has taught courses ranging from environmental literature, the geography of endangered species, and the arts and science of fly fishing.
Dr. Steinberg’s talk will focus on the Toledo District in southern Belize, which currently faces a unique challenge for the conservation of jaguars and other cats. Most of the District’s natural forests are heavily altered given that it is home to more than 30 Mayan villages, whose inhabitants practice slash and burn agriculture. However, though forests are heavily altered, field investigations in two Mayan villages indicates that jaguars and other cats continue to reside around villages. The Mayan landscape in southern Belize also sits between several protected areas that form core jaguar conservation zones in the region. This presentation discusses the preliminary results of surveys conducted among Mayan villagers that examine perceptions of jaguars, human-jaguar conflicts, and the implications of these perceptions and conflicts for long-term conservation of the species in southern Belize.

Prescott College offers a resident undergraduate program at its main campus in Prescott, Ariz., as well as low-residency bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in which students complete their studies in their home communities with the help of faculty mentors. All programs emphasize student-directed, experience-based learning-by-doing, environmental and cultural awareness, and social justice. For more information please contact Ashley Mains, M.A., Coordinator for Integrated Advancement Communications at (928) 350-4506 or More information is on the web at  

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