Madog Fellow to present "The Art of Seeing Wales"

April 15, 2014

RIO GRANDE, Ohio – The Madog Center for Welsh Studies’ annual fellowship presentation will be Thursday, April 17 at the University of Rio Grande.

“The Art of Seeing Wales” by Dr. Robert Hopkins II, an associate professor of biology at Rio Grande, is a lecture on the remarkable flora and fauna of Wales, from the mountains of Snowdonia in the north to the waterfalls of Brecon Beacons towards the south.

The presentation is scheduled for 3 p.m. in room 216 of Bob Evans Farms Hall.

“The aim is to help increase one’s ability to appreciate the landscapes of this beautiful country more deeply and holistically,” Madog Center Director Jeanne Jindra said. “Dr. Hopkins has worked extensively with biology experts in Wales over the past year to bring authenticity to his research on the natural flora and fauna of the country.”

Dr. Hopkins is the 11th Madog Faculty Fellow. The fellowship was developed in 2003 with the aim of involving full-time Rio Grande faculty in Welsh-related research.

As the 2013-14 Madog Faculty Fellow, Dr. Hopkins presented his full research paper – “Biodiversity Conservation in Wales, UK: DNA Barcoding Applications and Implications” – during the Association of Southeastern conference Biologists in South Carolina earlier this month. Natasha de Vere form the National Botanic Gardens in Wales is co-author.

Dr. Hopkins earned a Bachelor’s in Environment Science from Morehead State University, a Master’s in Biology from Morehead State University and a doctorate in Zoology from Southern Illinois University.