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N-Gen Newsletter, August 2017

Dear N-GenHappy Summer!

With summer in full swing, we wanted to share relevant updates with the greater N-Gen Sonoran Desert Researchers community. In this update you will learn more about our ever-growing network – now over 500 people!, recent publications, and research advances related to the Sonoran Desert. Are you looking for research funding? Be sure to apply […]

By |August 7th, 2017|Categories: Newsletter|Comments Off

Notes from [a different] field: The United Nations Oceans Conference

by Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor

The United Nations Oceans Conference, held this June (2017) at the UN Headquarters in New York City, aimed to be “the game changer that will reverse the decline in the health of our ocean for people, planet and prosperity.” Though it might seem lofty, this stated intent is actually relatively modest; reversing current […]

By |July 17th, 2017|Categories: Notes from the Field, Uncategorized|Comments Off

Communicating Science Up and Down in the Gulf of California – Video

N-Gen held the workshop “Communicating Science Up and Down in the Gulf of California” December 7-9, 2016 at CICESE in Ensenada, Baja California.

Video by Arte Vivo Producciones, carlosaguilera@artevivo.org

Interviewees, in order of appearance:

María Alejandra Sanchéz – UABC
Julieta Fierro – UNAM
María José Espinosa – COBI
Aida Otalora – UNAM
Efraín Leonel Hoeffer – Comunidad Comcaac
Estefani Lozano – […]

By |April 23rd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off

The Ensenada Manifesto

N-Gen convened a science communications workshop in the city of Ensenada, Baja California, from December 7-9, 2016. The workshop brought together researchers from natural and social sciences as well as science communicators to engage in interdisciplinary discussion to strengthen the outreach capacity of researchers in the Sonoran Desert and the Gulf of California. Participants created […]

By |April 3rd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off

N-Gen Newsletter, March 2017


Dear N-Gen,

As we all begin to settle in to 2017 we wanted to update you on recent activities and N-Gen developments. In addition to looking forward and best addressing the new political landscape in our countries and our region as we recently wrote you about, the past six months have been a productive time in […]

By |April 3rd, 2017|Categories: Newsletter|Comments Off

N-GEN-CONABIO Carta de Intención de Colaboración

By |March 3rd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off

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

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 a la luz UV. Sin embargo, aun detectando estas ondas de luz, el interior de una cueva sí carece totalmente […]

By |March 1st, 2017|Categories: Notes from the Field|Comments Off

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

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 Earth is opening up, “ aquatic ecologist, Michael Bogan told geologists Scott Bennett and Michael Darin. “We could all hike […]

By |March 22nd, 2016|Categories: Notes from the Field|Comments Off

Update December 2015


Dear N-Gen / Estimado N-Gen,
At over 350 members and coming off our second remarkable Summit, N-Gen is stronger than ever! Just four years ago we were asking ourselves if a community of Sonoran Desert researchers really existed. Having that question resoundingly answered YES! we shifted to figuring out the best way to capitalize on the […]

By |December 14th, 2015|Categories: Newsletter|Comments Off

N-Gen Lab Meeting 19 Aug 2015

Water resources and global change: From the Arizona-Sonora borderlands to the Arid Americas

Christopher Scott, Professor and Distinguished Scholar, University of Arizona and Director, CAZMEX – Consortium for Arizona-Mexico Arid Environments

This presentation takes a social-ecological systems approach to better understand human and climatic drivers of river-basin water resources. With an emphasis on the Sonora, Santa […]

By |August 21st, 2015|Categories: Past Lab Meetings|Comments Off