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 at Desert Laboratory, the buildings that are roughly half-way up the Hill. Please make a reservation for the lecture so there is  sufficient shuttle service.

Please contact Cynthia Anson at desertlaboratory@gmail.com or 520-629-9455 to reserve a seat.

Past lectures 


Spring 2019 Lecture Series

La Vaquita Marina: Where do we go from here?

In Collaboration with CEDO, Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans celebrating their 40th anniversary

La Vaquita Marina, a small porpoise endemic to the upper Gulf of California, is on the precipice of extinction. Global scale economic pressure fuels local gill-net fishing that ensnare the vaquita, driving their numbers down to as few as a dozen individuals remaining. This lecture series with experts from Mexico and the United States will explore what lessons we can learn from an intertwined web of science, local and global economics, politics, black markets, and conservation. What can be taken from this dire situation for future conservation? Where does the middle ground exist and how do we get there?

All talks at 6pm talks held at the Desert Laboratory, the buildings roughly half-way up Tumamoc Hill. Please reserve a space with Cynthia Anson at desertlaboratory@gmail.com or 520-629-9455, due to limited seating.

Videos of Lectures:

1) Vanishing Vaquitas

     Dr. Barbara Taylor: https://youtu.be/6djJCesu4FU

2) Stories from the Field

     Brooke Bessesen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIIeHprNRCw

3) Local Livelihoods 

     Dr. Marrcela Vasquez Leon: https://youtu.be/ylMOdpgYmcE

     Osmar Xavier Villalobos Cristerna: https://youtu.be/oIc1NnvF9zM