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The Next Generation Sonoran Desert Researchers

A network of individuals and institutions committed to the rich social and ecological landscape that spans the Sonoran Desert
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Our Vision

The Next Generation Sonoran Desert Researchers is a network of individuals and institutions committed to the rich social and ecological landscape that spans the mainland Sonoran Desert, the Baja California Peninsula, the Gulf of California, and the US-Mexico borderlands. This interdisciplinary network will address the research and conservation challenges of our time within this binational region. Deeply committed to the spirit of the Sonoran Desert, the N-Gen will (1) catalyze research and biocultural collaboration, (2) develop an innovative research and conservation agenda, and (3) influence decision makers in both countries to promote a conservation ethic that matches the grandeur of the landscape.

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To learn more about the N-Gen community and our actions see the report “N-Gen: Pushing the Arc of Desert Research”

N-Gen is 250+ researchers across 40 disciplines in 21 regions of the Sonoran Desert


Development at Any Cost: A False Premise

A new age of mining has dramatically expanded in recent years. Open pit, extensive, corporate, and multinational operations threaten the Mexican landscape. The prospect of ecological disasters looms across one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. Read More »

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Finding Dioon and “ditmarsi”, the herpetology of botany, and the importance of biodiversity expeditions

February 10th, 2015|Comments Off

 Robert Villa, Tucson Herpetological Society
I was six or seven years old when I entered my great-grandmother’s kitchen in South Tucson and noticed a yellow Tupperware box in the corner. Peering in, I was captivated by […]

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Seri language classes

June 12th, 2014|Comments Off

Stephen A. Marlett

In the fall of 2013 and the spring of 2014 my wife Cathy and I spent about four months in the village of Desemboque. During those weeks I was teaching a group of […]

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Flying genes, bats and the organ pipe cactus

April 20th, 2014|Comments Off

by Alberto Búrquez

I remember watching the Sea of Cortez from the “Mancha Blanca”, a beach south of Desemboque the largest settlement of the Comcaac people in the coast of the Gulf of California. That happened […]