From May 23 to May 27, MBC hosted Dr. Mark Bonta, assistant professor of geography at Delta State University in Mississippi, to do research on the interfaces between cycads and human cultures. While here, Mark gave a lecture on “The Human Geography of Cycads” in the Nixon Smiley Meeting Room. Mark is an avid researcher of conservation, political, and cultural issues, with a focus on Latin American studies.

After spending a decade afield in Honduras beginning with a Peace Corps assignment, Mark has published a number of books, including Seven Names for the Bellbird: Conservation Geography in Honduras (Texas A&M Press, 2003).