Tumamoc Hill

Biological / Physical Sciences

  • - Charlotte Brown, Susana Rodriguez Buritica, Deborah E. Goldberg, Frank Reichenbacher, D. Lawrence Venable, Robert H. Webb, Benjamin T. Wilder. 

  • Immunology of Tumamoc Hill- Undergraduate thesis, The Honors College, University of Arizona - Naomi Nhu Bui
  • The earliest known North American bovid, Neotragocerus - James E. Martin & Jim I. Mead
  • Late Pleistocene herpetofauna from two high-elevation caves in the Upper Gunnison Basin, Colorado- Jim I. Mead, Steven D. Emslie and David J. Meltzer. 
  • Late Pleistocene Paramylodon harlani (Xenarthra, Mylodontidae) from Térapa, Sonora, Mexico- H. Gregory McDonald, Jim I. Mead, and Sandra L. Swift. 
  • Historical changes in bird communities at Quitobaquito springs, Arizona and impacts of climate, spring flow, and shift from Indigenous to federal-agency management- Aaron D. Flesch, Gary P. Nabhan, and Peter Holm. 
  • Long-term impacts of urban floodplain management and habitat restoration on lizard communities in a Sonoran Desert City. - Jules T. Wyman, Aaron D. Flesch, Jennifer L. Becker, and Philip C. Rosen. 
  • Comparison of reflective band (Vis, NIR, SWIR, eSWIR) performance in daytime reduced illumination conditions-
  •  - Lindsey Wiley, Richard Cavanaugh, Joshua Follansbee, Derek Burrell, Robert Grimming, Rich Pimpinella, Jeff Voss, Orges      Furxhi, and Ronald Driggers.

  • 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


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