Lecture on the Environmental Impact of Tourism in the Dominican Republic

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Dr.  Yolanda León, a research professor at the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo and Grupo Jaragua, will deliver a lecture, “Impactos del turismo en comunidades costeras de la República Dominicana” [Impact of Tourism on the Coastal Communities of the Dominican Republic], as part of the Conferencias Caribeñas 5 series at the Institute of Caribbean Studies. Prof. Ruperto Chaparro (Sea Grant Project, UPR-Mayagüez) will serve as commentator. The lecture will be held on September 10, 2009, from 1:00 to 3:00pm in Amphitheater CRA 108, Carmen Rivera de Alvarado Building, School of Social Sciences, at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras.

Yolanda León is a biologist with a BS in Biology from Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, a MSc in Zoology from the University of Florida, and a PhD in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island. She is a professor at Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo, where she serves as the director of an environmental GIS laboratory. Dr. León is also a researcher and project manager for Grupo Jaragua, a non-profit organization that works for biodiversity conservation and community development in the Dominican Republic. Since 1996 Dr. León has been involved in sea turtle research and conservation in the Dominican Republic, and has been the country representative for WIDECAST (Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Network) since 2005.

For information on the conference series, contact Humberto García Muñiz, Director, Instituto de Estudios del Caribe, Universidad de Puerto Rico-Río Piedras, at hgarcia@prw.net

For more information on The Institute of Caribbean Studies, see http://graduados.uprrp.edu/icaribe/

Photo from http://www.parksinperil.org/wherewework/caribbean/dominicanrepublic/protectedarea/jaragua.html

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