The Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College continues its summer lecture series, “Women in the Southwest,” with a presentation from Marietta Eaton titled “Alice Eastwood: Pioneer Botanist in the Four Corners” on Wednesday, July 25, at 1:30 p.m. in the center’s Lyceum Room 120.
“Eastwood was a botanist with a great love of adventure,” center spokeswoman Julie Tapley-Booth said in a news release. “She is the embodiment of female equality.”
Her colleagues included Alfred Russel Wallace, known for conceiving the theory of evolution through natural selection, and Asa Gray, the Harvard professor who wrote the seminal manual on American botany.
Eastwood began her career in Denver and collected plants during expeditions to the Four Corners, based at the Wetherills’ Alamo Ranch in Mancos. She became the curator of botany at the California Academy of Sciences, a post she held for over 50 years.
Eaton served as district archaeologist for the North Kaibab Ranger District for 15 years, served as a science adviser for the Bureau of Land Management for over a decade. She currently is the manager of Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum in Dolores.
The lecture and parking are free.
For more information about the lecture series, contact the center’s business office at 970-247-7456 or visit http://swcenter.fortlewis.edu.