Biology Professor’s Work Featured in Costa Rican Newspaper

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 19, 2003 ᾰ The research of Dr. Alan Journet, professor of biology at Southeast Missouri State University, and his wife, Dr. Kathy Conway, Southeast assistant professor of elementary, early and special education, has been featured in a newspaper in Costa Rica.

The article appeared in the daily publication Al Dia on July 20.

The pair’s research seeks to promote restoration of tropical moist forest from abandoned cattle pasture by reintroducing varieties of figs. In their ongoing work, they hope to help create an environment that will be hospitable to animal species that were forced out during the years the land was used for cattle. A restored moist forest would also serve as a buffer zone for a neighboring national park, Journet said.

Journet has been conducting research in Costa Rica since 1990. He and Conway began their reforestation project in 1997, when they set forth to develop a model for Costa Rican landowners who wished to regenerate tropical moist forests. The site of Journet and Conway’s project is at the Los Inocentes ranch in La Cruz, in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica. The area is in the shadow of the volcano, Orosi, not far from the Nicaraguan border.

For more information, contact Journet at ajournet@semo.edu.