Dr. Tara Smiley discusses Great Basin paleontological diversity at Canyon Community CenterEvolutionary paleoecologist Dr. Tara Smiley will speak at Canyon Community Center in Springdale March 16 at 7:30 p.m. Smiley says that she is interested in how climate and landscape history shape the diversity, biogeography, and ecology of small mammals in western North America. She completed her Ph.D. in 2016 at the University of Michigan and is currently a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the integrative biology department at Oregon State University. Smiley says that field work in the Great Basin and integrating research with teaching and scientific outreach are two of her great passions.

Zion Canyon Field Institute is the educational arm of Zion Natural History Association, the official cooperating partner of Zion National Park. This lecture is made possible by a grant from the National Park Foundation. The Canyon Community Center is located at 126 Lion Blvd. in Springdale. For more info, call (435) 772-3264.

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