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Idaho Ecosystems: Guests (2016)

Leif Tapanila

Director, Idaho Museum of Natural History

Leif Tapanila is an associate professor in the Department of Geosciences at Idaho State University. He is also the research curator of Earth Sciences at the Idaho Museum of Natural History. He received his Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Utah.

Rosemary Smith

Professor of Biology, Idaho State University

Rosemary Smith is a biologist, a faculty member at Idaho State University, and a scientist with the Idaho MILES (Managing Idaho’s Landscapes for Ecosystem Services) project.

Rosemary was interested in living (and dead!) creatures since she was very young, taking advantage of nature walks, science clubs, weekend classes at museums, and volunteering at zoos and aquariums in middle and high school. In college she completed a Bachelor’s in Biology, with a focus on field courses in ecology, ecosystems, evolution, mammals, birds, and plants. As a graduate student, she earned a Master’s degree learning how predators influence prey behaviors and species diversity in a desert ecosystem; for her Ph.D. degree she contributed to our understanding of how predation risk influences small mammal populations and habitat selection in mountain habitats. She is currently in the process of discovering how carcass-feeding beetles influence ecosystems by recycling nutrients and enriching soils.

Rosemary currently lives in Pocatello, Idaho and conducts research in the mountain west, including at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Colorado, the Idaho National Laboratory near Idaho Falls, and in the Bannock Range in Southeast Idaho. She enjoys learning about Idaho flora and fauna, camping, hiking, and rock climbing.

Past guests for this topic include: Vicky Runnoe, Beth Paragamian.

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