ECOLOGY

September 17, 2002

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Rosemary Smith

Rosemary Smith has been learning about ecology ever since she picked up her first dead bird as a small child. She has spent thousands of hours exploring our natural world, including deserts, tropical forests, grasslands, mountains, and marine ecosystems. She has a great interest in studying scavengers, from coyotes to carrion beetles. She also studies the unique anti-predator and reproductive behaviors of a variety of animals.

Her interests in biology and ecology were supported by her teachers in elementary and high school, local science museums, zoos, and of course at home. She learned as much as she could through hands-on science courses and was well-prepared for college.

Rosemary obtained her B.A. degree from Pomona College in California, where she conducted ecological research on owls, coyotes, rodents and other local predators and prey animals. She also had the opportunity to spend a summer at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Colorado, a world-renown ecological field station. She has maintained a research project there (including the research for her Ph.D. at the University of Arizona, Tucson) for twenty years. She is currently an Associate Professor of Biology at Idaho State University.

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