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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. Dedicated to the spirit of the Sonoran Desert, 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.

A Bridge Over the Wall

27 January 2017

Dear friends,

SDMap_5Feb2014_FinalN-Gen, now more than ever, remains committed to a vision of the Sonoran Desert that knows no boundaries. Forces are at play that threaten our fundamental values and aim to physically reshape the borderlands. These will be hard times. However, for those that see bridges where others see walls, there will always be paths forward. This network of nearly 500 of the leading regional thinkers, creators, researchers, managers, and artists is balanced evenly on both sides of the border. We are a linkage across an increasingly divided landscape. Now is the time to come in close and band together, using our life’s work to refute an ignorant stereotype of la frontera. N-Gen is your community and a forum for us to work together and develop solutions to the challenges around us. The N-Gen board is actively working on a series of actions to support our collective efforts. We welcome ideas and inspirations. Let us not feel isolated or adrift, our community is our strength. In solidarity we will continue in the march to promote a conservation ethic that matches the grandeur of this landscape.

N-Gen Board of Directors, nextgensd2012@gmail.com

 

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Notes From the Field

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¿Qué pasa dentro de una cueva de maternidad de murciélago tequilero?

March 1st, 2017|Comments Off

Begoña Iñárritu, Facultad de Ciencias, UNAM

 

Uno de los mitos de los murciélagos es que son ciegos, lo cual es totalmente falso. Incluso podría decirse que tienen “mejor” vista que los humanos, pues son sensibles también […]

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A Crack In The Earth: Where Desert Oases And Plate Tectonics Collide

March 22nd, 2016|Comments Off

Scott Bennett, Michael Bogan, Michael Darin
“You know, at one of these freshwater springs I’ve been studying, there are these striations on the rocks and the steep-walled canyon comes to an abrupt end, as if the […]

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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 […]