Costa named to Sigma Xi’s new class of distinguished lecturers

James T. Costa, Western Carolina University professor of biology and executive director of Highlands Biological Station, has been named to the Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer program class of 2017-19. The honor was announced in the January-February issue of American Scientist magazine.

Sigma Xi is a scientific research honor society that invites a panel of speakers from around the U.S. to serve in its lecture program every two years. “Each speaker is asked to develop a menu of talks aimed at public, general science and/or specialized audiences,” Costa said. “In my case, I was invited to contribute talks relating to my work on Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace.”

The lectures are available to higher education institutions nationwide through Sigma Xi chapters.