Hilda J Smith

Lab Manager for Canyonlands Field Station of Southwest Biological Science Center


Hilda J. Smith began her career with the U.S. Geological Survey in 2006 and during that time has worked in multiple states, ecological environments, and on numerous projects. Hilda started out as an amphibian technician for ARMI and migrated towards soil and plant ecology projects. Plant and soil science has given her experience with complex equipment and experimental design. She quickly took on leadership tasks both in the field and in the laboratory setting. Hilda has been recognized numerous times during her career for her ability to organize projects, supplies, and innumerous conflicts to meet deadlines in support of station tasks, grant requirements, and center level goals.  In 2015, Hilda was awarded an Individual Safety Award in Reston.

Hilda earned her B.A. in Biology with a Naturalist Concentration from Lees McRae College at Banner Elk, NC.  She uses her experience and problem solving skills to coordinate multiple projects for different Principle Investigators, Post Doctorates, Technicians, and Collaborators within the United States, several International Countries, and Antarctica. Hilda is responsible for several safety tasks including laboratory practices, chemical storage and disposal, safety equipment, vehicle maintenance, and employee daily field check in updates.  Hilda preps and organizes several types of sample collections, communicates with University Lab Managers to facilitate sample analysis, and organizes the raw data to be further analyzed. She inventories and restocks crucial supplies both in the office and field while working with individuals to make sure project needs are met.