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Dr. Joe Hobbs

Joe Hobbs is a professor of Geography at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His research interests include human uses of caves, indigenous peoples' perceptions of the environment, and the participation of indigenous peoples in national parks and other protected areas, especially in the Middle East. His books include Bedouin Life in the Egyptian Wilderness, Mount Sinai, and The Birds of Egypt. He is writing a book on human uses of caves worldwide, based in part on his recent fieldwork in Malaysia, Madagascar and the Yucatan. He teaches a course on the Geography of Caves at the University of Missouri, and is a wild cave tour leader for Missouri's Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. He was a participant in the 2002 field season of the Western Belize Regional Cave Project. His web page is http://web.missouri.edu/~grcjh and his email is HobbsJ@missouri.edu