ZION CANYON FIELD INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES CENTENNIAL
THE FERN AND J.L. CRAWFORD LECTURE SERIES
Zion Canyon Field Institute's fourth season of the Fern and J.
L. Crawford Lecture Series will emphasize the natural and cultural
history of deserts.
The lecture series is offered free to the public and all lectures
are scheduled for 7:30 pm at the Canyon Community Center, 126 Lion
Boulevard, in Springdale.
Lectures currently scheduled for the year include:
NOVEMBER 5, 2010
North American Deserts: Why is Utah Such an Unusual Biological
Is Zion part of the Mojave, Great Basin, or Painted Desert? And
why are there deserts at all? Explore the origins, causes, and distinctive
biogeography of the world's deserts with special focus on North
American desert regions.
Roger Luckenbach, Ph.D. combines over forty years of research,
academics, and adventure travel in the American Southwest with a
passion for sharing his knowledge.
Formerly a faculty member of the University of California Santa
Cruz and Utah Valley University, Dr. Luckenbach was also research
zoologist for the Smithsonian, adn underwater film maker and expedition
leader for National Geographic-Linblad Expeditions among others.
DECEMBER 4, 2010
The Gila Monster in Utah: A Case for Biodiversity
After stints as a zookeeper and a furniture maker, Daniel Beck
earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in biology from Utah State University,
and a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University
of Arizona. His research on Gila Monsters, rattlesnakes, and other
desert reptiles spans nearly three decades, and has taken him throughout
the deserts of the southwestern U.S. and tropical dry forests of
Mexico and Guatemala. His book, Biology of Gila Monsters and Beaded
Lizards, was released in paperback last summer by the University
of California Press.
Complete Schedule of ZCFI Workshops and