July 22, 2014

Hays Cummins

In the field in Costa Rica!
Dr. Hays Cummins
Professor, Geography & Western Program
128 Peabody Hall/222 Boyd Hall
Tel: (513) 529-1338
Email: haysc@muohio.edu
Webpage (Home Page)
 

Education

  • BA  1975, Biology, Louisiana State University in New Orleans
  • MS 1977, Biology, Louisiana State University in New Orleans
  • PhD 1984, Oceanography, Texas A & M University

Interests

Hays Cummins is Professor of Geography, an Affiliate of the Department of Geology, an Affiliate and Fellow of the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability and the former Harrison Scholars Professor in the Honors and Scholars Program. He taught in the natural science core in the Western College Program, and was Director of Environmental Programs and Director for Discovery-Oriented Science Instruction.  Professor Cummins is founding Co-Director of Project Dragonfly and science editor for Dragonfly magazine. He earned his PhD in oceanography from Texas A&M University and has led numerous international courses to the Bahamas, Florida Keys, Netherland Antilles and Costa Rica. His research focuses on the reconstruction of past ecological communities in marine systems and understanding ecological change, particularly the impacts of global change on coral reefs. He has authored research papers and popular articles focusing on science and science education. He also has a passion for weather and astronomy.

Teaching Responsibilities

-Geography Courses

-GEO 280/460: Ecological Restoration
Check out my Edge of the Farm Conservation Area website!

-GEO 421/521: Climatology

-International Field Courses

I have taught over 70 international field courses while at Miami.  These courses have included Tropical Marine Ecology of the Bahamas & Florida KeysTropical Ecosystems of Costa RicaConnections: Belize Ecology & Natural HistoryCoral Reef Ecology of Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, and numerous Earth Expeditions courses in Africa, Trinidad, Australia and Costa Rica.

ALL STUDENTS WELCOME!!  Check out the links below!

GEO/GLG/IES/LAS 413/513:Tropical Marine Ecology of the Bahamas & Florida Keys

GEO/GLG/IES/LAS 412/512: Tropical Ecosystems of Costa Rica

Recent Publications

Sams, E., Boardman, M., and Cummins, H., Coral Reef Surveying and Habitat Mapping of a Curaçao Reef.  (in press). Proceedings of the 15th Geology of the Bahamas Conference, Gerace Research Center, San Salvador, Bahamas.

Gray, J., Shubin, K, Bruns, T., Comiskey, E., McCollum, D., & Cummins, H. 2010. Sacrificial Leaf Hypothesis in Mangroves. ISME/GLOMIS Electronic Journal, Volume 8, No. 4.

Boardman, M., McCollum, D. and Cummins, H. 2005. OSCI Earth Science, Plate Tectonics Instruction Module. H. Cummins was the Earth Science Coordinator and supervised the production of the earth science module.

Green, W.J., Elliot, C., Wilkes, H.L., and R.H. Cummins. 2004 “Prompted” Inquiry-Based Learning in the Introductory Chemistry Laboratory. Journal of Chemical Education 81 (2): 239-241

RECENT GRANTS

Terry McCollum, Chris Myers and Hays Cummins. 2011-2012. I-Discovery, Ohio Board of Regents, Improving Teacher Quality Professional Development Program. Sustaining Professional Development through Web-Based Learning Communities, $200,000

Cummins, Hays. 2010. Undergraduate Creative Project Journal—A Celebration of Student Endeavors.  Student Tech Fee Grant Proposal, Miami University, $6000

Hays Cummins and Donna McCollum. 2010. The Installation of a Water Control Structure: Increasing plant diversity on a constructed wetland, Edge of the Farm Conservation Area, Oxford, Ohio. Jimmy F. New Foundation. $1146

Terry McCollum, Chris Myers and Hays Cummins. 2009-2010 I-Discovery, Ohio Board of Regents, Improving Teacher Quality Professional Development Program. Sustaining Professional Development through Web-Based Learning Communities, $229, 947

Myers, C. Director, Hays Cummins, Co-Director. 2009-2010, The Cincinnati Zoo. Earth Expeditions: A Global Conservation Program   $282,000

Hays Cummins, Ben Jacks, and Kim Ernsting, 2008-2009. Community of Practice on Engaged Learning (COPEL). Spearheading development of the new Western program and an Engaged Learning Center. Funded by Miami University, $6000.

Terry McCollum, Chris Myers and Hays Cummins. 2008-2009. I-Discovery, Ohio Board of Regents, Improving Teacher Quality Professional Development Program. Sustaining Professional Development through Web-Based Learning Communities, $298,066.

Boardman, M., Cummins, H., Schussler, B., Obrycki, J., and many Talawanda High School Faculty. 2007-2008. Talawanda High School and Miami University Environmental Reading Group Partnership. $2500

Terry McCollum, Chris Myers and Hays Cummins . 2007-2008. I-Discovery, Ohio Board of Regents, Improving Teacher Quality Professional Development Program. Sustaining Professional Development through Web-Based Learning Communities. $294,637

Myers, C. Director, Hays Cummins, Co-Director. 2006-2007, The Cincinnati Zoo. Earth Expeditions: A Global Conservation Program   $117,000