Tumamoc Lecture Series

Tumamoc Hill host a series of lectures as part of the College of Science, Science Café series, as well as additional lectures denoted by "***".

Speakers focus on topics that relate to the science, history, archeology, and educational and all talks are open to the public.

The talks are held in the library of the old Desert Laboratory, the buildings that are roughly half-way up the Hill. Please make a reservation for the Science Café so they can have sufficient shuttle service for the participants. Please contact Cynthia Anson at cynthiaanson@email.arizona.edu or 520-629-9455 to reserve a seat.

Fall 2017 Lecture Scedule

Lepus alleni – Arizona’s Super Hare

     Wednesday, October 11 6:00 p.m.

David Brown, Adjunct Faculty, UA Natural Resources Studies and ASU School of Life Sciences

This talk will summarize the natural history and habitats of the antelope jackrabbit. Past and recent studies into its ecology and biology will be presented along with some of its more interesting behaviors. We will also present what is know about the animal’s status and its successful competition with the closely related black-tailed jackrabbit.

***Nature, Love, Medicine – In celebration of Natural History***

     Wednesday, October 18 6:00 p.m.

Thomas L. Fleischner, Ph.D., Executive Director, Natural History Institute with special guest readings by Alberto Burquez and Gary Nabhan

Join three veteran Southwest naturalists for this celebration of the healing power of natural history. Tom Fleischner is the editor, and Gary Paul Nabhan and Alberto Búrquez are contributors to the new anthology, Nature, Love, Medicine: Essays On Wildness and Wellness. All three will read excerpts from their essays, and then will engage in an open discussion with the audience.

Beyond Cattle and Grains: Adaptation to Global Change in Arid Rural Communities

     Wednesday, November 8 6:00 p.m.

America Lutz Ley, Assistant Professor, Center for Development Studies, El Colegio de Sonora

People in rural Sonoran communities, as in other places of the world, adjust their behaviors not only in face of climate change, but in response to the combination of multiple types of stressors. This research shows that the livelihood profile -or what people do for a living- in the rural communities, importantly influences the type of stressors they perceive as a priority for adaptation. In general, modifications in the environment and climate events are perceived widely, but climate change as a large scale process is under-recognized in the Sonoran communities analyzed.

Borderlands Restoration: Bringing back Water and Wildlife to Foster a Restoration Economy along the US-Mexico Border

     Wednesday, December 13 6:00 p.m.

Ron Pulliam, Founder and Science Advisor, Borderlands Restoration