Culture, Community, Science

The Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill is an 860-acre ecological preserve in the heart of Tucson.

Desert Laboratory Building

Tumamoc Hill, known in O’odham as Cemamagi Du’ag, Horned Lizard Mountain, is on the ancestral lands of the Sobaipuri and Tohono O’odham peoples. This volcanic hill is of prominent ancestral, cultural, and sacred significance to the O’odham nations, including the The Tohono O’odham Nation, Gila River Indian Community, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, and the Ak Chin Indian Community, as well as the Hopi Tribe and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. The Desert Laboratory recognizes the cultural significance of Cemamagi Du’ag as the bedrock of our institution and our future actions.

We are hiring!

Join The University of Arizona's Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill to oversee and assist in curation and management of the University Laboratory of Paleontology and North American Paleo Packrat Midden collections - two of the most important paleo natural history collections in the greater Southwest.

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We are hiring!

Join the University of Arizona's Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill to lead the 2022 re-census effort of the world's longest-studied saguaro population. The position will use long-term saguaro data to better understand the dynamics of life in the desert. 



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Download the Desert Foods for a Resilient Future booklet

Based on ongoing research at the Desert Lab

English booklet Folleto en español