Tumamoc Hill


Biological / Physical  Sciences

35+ years of Annual Plant Research – Larry Venable and the Venable Lab

Scale Colony Apiary, Saguaro Biomechanics & Centris bees – Stephen L. Buchmann

Development and analysis of genomic resources for the saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) and other Cactaceae – Mike Sanderson and Alberto Burquez

Do functional tradeoffs associated with stem geometry constrain drought sensitivity in giant cacti? – David Dettman, Kevin Hultine, David Williams, Brad Butterfield, Alberto Burquez

In situ measurement of spines and growth of saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea). – Alberto Burquez, Mike Sanderson, Fernando Vite, Enriquena Bustamante

Aquifer-Storage Change and Land-Subsidence Monitoring in the Tucson Active Management Area – Jay Cederberg (USGS), Elizabeth (Libby) Kahler, Michael Landrum, Jeff Kennedy 

Buffelgrass (Cenchrus ciliare) demography – Elise Gornish

Plant-Animal Interactions: Ferocactus and vertebrates – Josh Ness

Baseline data on microbial community dynamics in light of future megadrought conditions – Julie Neilson

Revisiting the Tumamoc Globeberry – Frank W. Reichenbacher

Germination rates and fitness of a desert annual plant (Pectocarya heterocarpa) grown in different rainfall environments – Joshua Scholl

Seasonal phenology of leafing and flowering in ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens)– Nick Waser and Mary Price

Evaluating the microbial symbionts of an invasive grass in urban and exurban environments – Betsy Arnold

A study on the diet and web structure of black widow spiders –Pierre-Olivier Montiglio and Nicholas DiRienzo

Growth responses and anatomy of desert plants in Arizona: impacts of climate change on environmental sensitivity of plants in the dry ecosystems of the Southwestern United States – Jiri Dolezal, Jan Altman, Veronika Langova, Nela Maredova

Collaborative Research: New World Justicia s.l.: A microcosm for understanding covariation of floral traits and pollinators in a phylogenetic context – Amanda E. Fisher, Carrie Kiel, Lucinda McDade, Erin Tripp, Laymon Ball

Status, distribution, habitat, and stressors of the Sonoran talussnail – Aaron Flesch, Ian Murray, Jeff Gicklhorn

Green Fund Ecological Monitoring Project – Aaron Flesch, Trica Hawkins and Erin Salano, Emily Runnion, Wesley Johnny Ochs, Ross Shipley, Dylan Stewart, Amanda (Mandy) Becker, Taylor Foerster, Brieanna Whitehair, Jacob Brown, Andrea Mason, Maya Rena Stahl, Miguel Grageda, Mallary Rae Parker, David Dearmore, Humberto Gurrola, Alexandra Peck, Bobby Figarotta

Thermo-adaptation of photosynthesis in Tidestromia species: Seed collection of Tidestromia lanuginosa in Tumamoc Hill – Karine Prado, Shu Rhee, Joe Berry, Jennifer Johnson

Saguaro Pollination Biology – Caitlin Winterbottom

The long-term Spalding vegetation plots – The Desert Laboratory

Tumamoc Hill long-term Saguaro Plots – Susana Rodríguez-Buritica, Daniel Winkler, Bob Webb, Larry Venable and the Desert Laboratory

Cultural Sciences

Tumamoc Hill Cultural Resources Inventory, Pima County Parcel – SWCA Environmental Consultants

Cuéntame Más: Tales from Tumamoc – Javier Duran, Ben Wilder, Michelle Aguilera, Christian Ruvalcaba, Bill Hatcher, Yazmin Vasquez, Yadira Cabballero, Zazil-Ha Baruch Verduzco  


An Artistic perspective of Tumamoc Hill – Paul Mirocha

Illustrations and paintings of Sonoran Desert plants, animals and biomes – Bill Singleton

History of Astronomy on Tumamoc Hill educational video – Active Galactic Videos / Steward Observatory / Univ. of Ariz., Aaron Cargile, Tasnim Boufelfel

Green Planet Landmark series - BBC, Paul Williams

Greenhouse Journal – Nick Georgiou

The Gila Topminnow Returns – Kimi Eisele


SONATAS (Listening to the SOunds of NATure to undersTAnd global environmental changeS) – Anne Sourdril and Luc Barbaro

Southline Transmission Project, Cultureal and Biological surveys – SWCA Environmental Consultants: Heather West, Maggie Evancho, Paul Rawson, Rob Hergenrother, Thomas Staudt, Robert Pape, and John Durham

List of previous research projects (since ca. 2010):

Ecology and conservation of reptiles on Tumamoc Hill – Matt Goode

A comparative analysis and intervention to support physical activity in a recreational park versus and open space in Tucson, AZ – Deanna Lewis

Temporal biotic homogenization in arid soils and desert plants along an urbanization gradient – Albert Barberán

Elf Owl Study – Aaron Flesch

Buffelgrass "greenness" index – Travis Bean, Steven Smith

Visitor impact on mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) habitat selection – Sonny Bleicher

Oil-Collecting Bees (Centris spp.) and Krameria oil flowers – Stephen Buchmann, Daniel Papaj, William Sabino, Bryan Danforth

The coexistence of native and invasive plant species in the Sonoran Desert – Anny Chung

Seed selection and abundance of rodents on Tumamoc Hill – Katie Keck

Lightning strikes on Tumamoc Hill – Carl Noggle, Ken Cummins

Geology student learning – Pamela Pelletier, Jessica Kapp

The Timing and Extent of Two Villages at Tumamoc Hill in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona – Todd Pitezel, James T. Watson

Buffelgrass seed ecology – Pacifica Sommers

Adaptation and population biology of desert mistletoe (Phoradendron californicum) – Noah Whiteman, Jennifer Koop, Lauren Johnston, Kelsie Yule

Pollination biology of different colored barrel cactus flowers – Xing-Yue Ge

The Researchers

Research - Tumamoc Hill

Charlotte Brown, PhD

Ike Russell Postdoctoral Fellow

Paul Fish, PhD

Curator Emeritus, Arizona State Museum

Professor Emeritus, School of Anthropology

Suzanne K. Fish, PhD

Curator Emerita, Arizona State Museum

Professor Emerita, School of Anthropology

Deborah Goldberg, PhD

Adjunct Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Gary Paul Nabhan, OEF, PhD

W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Food and Water Security for the Borderlands

D. Lawrence Venable, PhD

Director of Research, Desert Laboratory; Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona