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Dr. Luke Dollar to speak at Stanly Community College, Nov. 20

luke dollar 2 resizedDr. Luke Dollar, associate professor of biology, is the guest speaker for the 2012 Stanly Community College Foundation Lecture Series on Tues., Nov. 20, 7 p.m., Kelley Building, Dennis Auditorium. The event is free to the public.

A National Geographic Explorer, Dr. Dollar coordinates conservation, research and development programs throughout Madagascar, having logged more than eight of the past 18 calendar years studying carnivores there. His scientific research focuses primarily on the ecology of Madagascar's carnivores, particularly its largest predator, the fossa. His work has yielded significant data on fossa biology and behavior.

Most of Dr. Dollar's efforts are concentrated on conservation, grassroots education and sustainable employment programs for the island's rural population. These have led to the development of scholastic and sustainable business programs benefitting thousands of local Malagasy subsistence framers and their families.

Dr. Dollar teaches a seated night course annually at Stanly Community College titled Introduction to Environmental Science. He has also served as program director for National Geographic's Big Cat Initiative, an action-oriented international conservation program protecting lions, cheetahs, tigers and snow leopards.

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