Tumamoc Talks

Natural Infrastructure in Dryland Streams (NIDS) establish regenerative wetlands that can reverse desertification and strengthen climate resilience

Photo of Dr. Laura M. Norman with a saguaro in background


5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Dec. 13, 2023

Tumamoc Talks bring together University of Arizona research to the greater Tucson community. 

Dr. Norman will present the science she has documented that demonstrates how rock detention structures can restore natural feedback cycles between (i) ecological processes, (ii) the soil carbon sponge, and (iii) the hydrological budget of dryland ecosystems. This presentation will also discuss how ancient cultures utilized these rock detention structures as sustainable solutions to farming in the North American Southwest.

Our speaker:

Dr. Laura M. Norman, is a Supervisory Research Physical Scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey, where she has worked since 1998. Her research combines remotely-sensed imagery and other geospatial data in complex hydrological, hydraulic, and LULC models to predict the source, fate, and transport of non-point source pollutants, consider potential growth scenarios, and document impacts of change.

Tumamoc Talks are located at the Boathouse at the base of Tumamoc Hill. 

Learn more and RSVP at tumamoc-hill@arizona.edu.