Jeff Corwin, an Emmy-winning producer and host of popular television programs on the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, will discuss wildlife, ecology and conservation during a free public lecture at the University of Arkansas at Monticello on Oct. 6.

The lecture will be in the UAM Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Governor Winthrop Rockefeller Distinguished Lecture Series.

Corwin has become one of the leaders in the conservation of endangered species and ecosystems. Corwin, as a host of wildly-popular shows on the cable channels Animal Planet and Discovery Channel, has won Emmy awards for his work as a television host.

He co-created and co-hosted CNN’s Planet in Peril with Anderson Cooper in 2007, and his Animal Planet documentary, The Vanishing Frog, chronicles his year-long journey exploring the mass extinction of amphibians worldwide.

Corwin’s book and accompanying MSNBC documentary 100 Heartbeats: The Race to save Earth’s Most Endangered Species, is a portrait of several endangered species and the conservationists trying to save them.

A native of Massachusetts, Corwin has Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and anthropology from Bridgewater State, and a master’s in wildlife and fisheries conservation from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.