Hafner awarded Fulbright grant to Philippines

By Amanda Koeck

James Hafner, professor of Geosciences, has received a Fulbright Senior Specialists grant in environmental science. He leaves Sept. 6 for the University of the Philippines-Mindanao.

Many of Hafner’s teaching and research interests have focused on the process of rural, social and economic change in the context of the development process. With the money from the grant, Hafner will study the land use change of Philippine eagle breeding sites in Eastern Mindanao, one of the biodiversity hot spots in Asia. According to Hafner, Philippine eagles are the world’s largest raptors and the objective for the University of the Philippines-Mindanao is to protect the eagle breeding sites.

The Fulbright Senior Specialists Program offers two- to six-week grants to leading U.S. academics and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at academic institutions in140 countries around the world.

Created to complement the Fulbright Scholar Program that started in 1946, the Senior Specialists Program aims at increasing the number of faculty and professionals who have the opportunity to go abroad on a Fulbright.

The Fulbright Scholar Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and managed by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.