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Our Community Lecture Series hosts experts to speak about various facets of the monument in communities near GSENM and to audiences all over when these events are hosted online. These events help local residents and visitors gain knowledge about the monument from multiple scientific, historical, and cultural perspectives, while also providing a space for communities to come together and connect to each other through sharing a connection to the monument. Our speakers share about research findings across fields such as archaeology, paleontology, geology, history, biology, outdoor recreation management, as well as sharing presentations on literature and art connected to the region.

View recordings of past virtual lectures.

In addition to formal lectures, we connect audiences with scientists and other experts in informal “Ask an Expert” online. Each event centers 1-3 experts who share about the field they work in and what they do in the Grand Staircase Escalante region. Attendees get a chance to ask questions and converse with these experts.

View recordings of past Ask an Expert events.

If you are interested in giving a lecture on a topic related to the monument, would like to participate as an expert for an “Ask an Expert” event, or have questions about the lecture series, please contact GSEP Education Coordinator, Neak Loucks (neak@gsenm.org).

Upcoming Events:

Ask an Expert with Mike Popejoy – Grazing and Pinion Juniper Management. Wednesday, May 20th, 7pm via Zoom webinar. Register here.

  • Mike Popejoy joined the Grand Canyon Trust in 2018 after working as an intern in the Utah Forests Program on the effects of grazing on lands across the Colorado Plateau. Previously he studied and taught philosophy and environmental ethics, and found his interests drawn more and more to the beauty and fragility of the ecosystems of the Colorado Plateau. Through his advocacy work, Mike aims to allow for the continued evolutionary development that has a history far more ancient than our species. He focuses on mitigating the ecological impacts of cattle grazing and on restoration of public lands more generally, and has also worked on recreation and uranium issues on the Colorado Plateau. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the surrounding region is his favorite place in the world.
  • A captioned recording of this virtual Q&A will be shared within a week of this event. If you would like to participate in the live event and need closed captions, please contact neak@gsenm.org ahead of time.

“Ethnoastronomy and the Southern Paiute,” Autumn Gillard. DATE TBD (will be rescheduled once in-person events resume). 7:00 PM. Kanab City Library.

“Herpetology in the Grand Staircase National Monument: Lessons Learned and Future Directions,” Dr. Bill Heyborne DATE TBD (will be rescheduled once in-person events resume). 7:00 PM. Kanab City Library.

Dr. James Swenson, DATE TBD. 7:00 pm. Escalante Interagency Visitor Center.

Past Speakers:

“Ancient Connections: Water, Nature, and Culture at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument,” David Sabata. Viewable here.

“50 Years in the Canyons,” Steve Allen.

“Dinosaur Armored Warfare: Ankylosaurs of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument,” Dr. Alan Titus, GSENM.

“New Dinosaur Discoveries of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument,” Dr. Joe Sertich, Denver Museum of Natural History

“The Plateau Mosaic: Managing the Living Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau,” Kristina Young, Science Moab Institute.

Excerpts from “The Capitol Reef Reader,” Steve Trimble.

“Oral History of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument,” Marsha Holland, Southern Utah Oral History Project

“Do Vegetation Treatments Work?” Laura Welp, Western Watersheds Project

“Jewels of the Desert: The Bees of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument,” Olivia Carril & Joseph Wilson.

“What? Red and Purple and Peach Colored Penstemon Eatonii in Lick Wash and Other Utah Penstemon Oddities,” Dr. Mikel Stevens, BYU.

“The Kaiparowits Formation,” Dr. Eric Roberts, James Cook University.

“Archaeology and Paleontology of North America,” Dr. R. E. Burillo.

“Red Rocks and Marbles from Earth to Mars,” Dr. Marjorie Chan, University of Utah.