ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Research Presentations Include Talk by Rhino Conservationist

 

For Lilia Illes, the compass pointed to South Africa, where as many as 1,000 rhinos are being killed by poachers each year for their horns.

Rhino horns are a valuable commodity in China and parts of Vietnam, where they are mistakenly believed to have medicinal properties — as a cure for cancer or an aphrodisiac — or are mixed with cocaine or ibuprofen as a party drug, the geography lecturer,  told the audience at the "All Points of the Compass" event Nov. 2 in Cal State Fullerton's Titan Student Union.

Illes’ talk was one of several presentations at the event, which showcased research by CSUF geography students, faculty and alumni.

Other talks included included: “Examining the Climate Response of Common Pines in Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks” by graduate student Ray Villalba; “Wildfire Detection and Assessment with Satellite Remote Sensing” by Jindong Wu, associate geography professor at CSUF and “An American Geographer’s Adventure in Cuba” by Jodi Titus, a CSUF alumna and geology professor at Irvine Valley College. Continue reading in the Orange County Register. 

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