Honored Guest

Dr. Carol Simon

Carol A. Simon, Ph.D., began her career as a biologist as a high school volunteer at the Southwestern Research Station in 1964. Inspired by her high school biology teacher, plus researchers she met that summer, she knew that wanted to work with herps. Carol earned a B.A. from the University of California at Riverside in 1969, an M.S. from Michigan State University in 1970 and a Ph.D. from UCR in 1973. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History from 1973 to 1975. The vast portion of her career was in New York, as a Professor of Biology at the City College of the City University of New York and a Research Associate at the American Museum of Natural History. She is Professor Emerita at the City College. Carol is a behavioral ecologist with interests in lizard spacing patterns, chemoreception, homing abilities and more. Her ties to the Chiricahua Mountains always remained strong, with part of each year spent at Southwestern Research Station (SWRS). She and her husband have owned property in Portal since 1978 and live there full time since their retirements in 2002. Carol’s commitment to the SWRS remains strong ,and each summer she helps teach a course there, Field Herpetology of the Southwest. Carol and her husband travel the world, lecturing on ecotours, and then happily return to Portal.

Talk title:

A Brief History of Lizard Biology at the Southwestern Research Station of the American Museum of Natural History