New Explorations on the Río Mayo Lecture Series

New Explorations on the Río Mayo


Fall 2019 Lecture Series, in collaboration with the Southwest Center

Did you know that the Sonoran Desert originated in part from the tropics? The Río Mayo drainage of the Sierra Madre mountains near Álamos, Sonora, Mexico, is a convergence zone of astonishing biological and cultural diversity. Research into this unique and imperiled ecosystem at the Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill extends back to the 1940s. Please join the Desert Laboratory and The Southwest Center for this series as we venture back to the Río Mayo and hear from a diversity of researchers and community members who will highlight new explorations, biocultural understandings, and efforts to preserve the tropics next door.


Conserving the Dry Forest and Its Biocultural Diversity

September 11, 2019 | Lydia Lozano, Program Director, Nature and Culture International

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Life of the Secret Forest

October 9, 2019 | Angelina Martínez Yrizar, PhD, Instituto de Ecología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

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The Social Fabric of the Sierra 

November 13, 2019 | Jeff Banister, PhD, Director, Southwest Center & David Yetman, PhD, Research Social Scientist, Southwest Center

Multiple Ways of Knowing

December 11, 2019 | Teresa Valdivia, PhD, Instituto de Estudios Antropológicos, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México