Smithsonian Voices

From the Smithsonian Museums

Kelly Speer

Kelly Speer is the Biodiversity Genomics postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and National Zoological Park & Conservation Biology Institute. Her research examines how complex communities of mammals, parasitic arthropods, and microbial associates change through time and space. Kelly completed her Ph.D. in comparative biology at the Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History, and holds an M.S. in zoology at the University of Florida, a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of New Mexico. You can learn more about Kelly’s research at

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