• New Journal focused on Desert Discovery

    Saturday, December 2, 2017
    Dear friends of the Desert Laboratory, I am pleased to announce the release of a new on-line, peer reviewed, open access journal, The Proceedings of the Desert Laboratory. This scholarly endeavor aims to continue the over 100 years of foundational desert research on Tumamoc Hill initiated by the Carnegie Desert Botanical Laboratory in 1903. This journal will be a space to feature the highest caliber research on arid environments. With it, I am exploring a new model that best fits the digital age – on-line, open access, and on demand. This is a movement away from pay walls and the discriminatio... Read More
  • App Gives New Perspective to Walk Up Tumamoc Hill

    Tumamoc Tour Features Image, Image © Paul Mirocha
    Monday, September 11, 2017
    Do you know why there is a boathouse in the middle of the desert on Tumamoc Hill, or why ants are commonly found near barrel cactuses? Can you identify Tumamoc's namesake plant or explain the historical significance of the rock fence that circles the mesa at the top? If you answered no, you're not alone. Thousands of visitors walk Tumamoc's paved path each year, but few are aware of the ecological and archaeological value of the site. The University of Arizona’s College of Science hopes to change that with a new mobile app. "So many people already love Tumamoc Hill but are not aware of its... Read More
  • Change in Hours

    Monday, August 28, 2017
    Tumamoc Hill Walker Hours Extended and App Created TUCSON, Ariz. — Tumamoc Hill has increasingly become an important destination for Tucsonen’s looking for a great workout and a break from the city. To better accommodate this use, Tumamoc is undertaking a few changes to both enhance the walking experience and preserve the plants, animals, historic structures and scientific research occurring there. Tumamoc is an 860-acre ecological reserve and U.S. National Historic Landmark owned and operated by the University of Arizona in partnership with Pima County. Beginning Monday, Sept. 5, the Universi... Read More
  • A New Director Takes the Stage

    Wednesday, October 19, 2016
    Benjamin Wilder Named Interim Director of Tumamoc Hill TUCSON, Ariz. — Desert ecologist Benjamin Wilder has been named interim director of Tumamoc Hill, an 860-acre ecological reserve and U.S. National Historic Landmark owned and operated by the University of Arizona. Wilder assumed leadership duties on Oct. 10, succeeding Michael Rosenzweig, who had held the position since 2007. “This is a dream come true for me,” Wilder said. “Tumamoc is truly a shining example of excellence in desert research. I am eager to start working with our partners on the UA campus, the Tucson community, Pima County... Read More