Tumamoc Lecture Series

The Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill hosts a series of lectures as part of the College of Science Science Café series, as well as additional lectures denoted by "***".

Lectures focus on educational topics that relate to the science, ecology, history, and archaeology of the Sonoran Desert. All talks are open to the public. 

The talks are held at Desert Laboratory, the buildings that are roughly half-way up the Hill. Seating is limited, so please contact Anna Seiferle-Valencia at desertlaboratory@gmail.com or 520-629-9455 to reserve a seat.

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Videos of Lectures in This Series

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September 11, 2019—Conserving the Dry Forest by Lydia Lozano

October 9, 2019—Life of the Secret Forest by Dra. Angelina Martínez Yrizar

Past lectures 

Fall 2019 Lecture Series 

New Explorations on the Río Mayo

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.

All talks at 6pm talks held at the Desert Laboratory, the buildings roughly half-way up Tumamoc Hill. Please reserve a space with Anna Seiferle-Valencia at desertlaboratory@gmail.com or 520-629-9455, due to limited seating.