The Desert Laboratory is located on Tumamoc Hill, Cemamagi Du’ag, Horned Lizard Mountain, a volcanic hill of prominent cultural and sacred significance to the Tohono O’odham, including the San Xavier Wa:k District, and other Native nations. The Desert Laboratory was founded in 1903 by the Carnegie Institution, which has repeatedly been at the center and forefront of desert research. The role of the Desert Laboratory is to build on the complementary strengths of culture, science, and community rooted at Tumamoc Hill and the larger Sonoran Desert to become an integrative hub of novel research, education, and outreach about how linked human and natural systems face the future of life in the desert.

The Desert Laboratory is a center of the Arizona Institutes for Resilience, part of Research Innovation & Impact, University of Arizona.

AIR supports transformation toward an anti-racist and more equitable society by pursuing actionable solutions to local and global environmental problems that are rooted in social, racial, and environmental justice.