*Cancelled for Summer 2020*
Tentative 2020 dates: July 13th - August 21st
Conservation Realities in Northern Mexico is a trans-disciplinary field program that will immerse students in the frontier of social and environmental research and conservation issues in the multicultural U.S.-Mexico borderlands. The University of Arizona has a distinguished history of offering cross-border field courses, which this program continues. Learning will be based in Tucson at the historic Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill and in the field in Northern Mexico in the Gulf of California, the mountains and canyons of the Alamos region in southern Sonora, and the entire Baja California peninsula.
The program will leverage partnerships both across campus and with communities in Mexico to provide transformative learning opportunities for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. Specifically, the class follows a social and environmental curriculum that addresses on the ground conservation, focusing on three distinct geographic and cultural case studies. The first module will be based in the Midriff Islands of the Gulf of California in partnership with the indigenous Comcaac. The second will be based in the tropical dry forest and campesino communities of Álamos, Sonora region, partnering with Reserva Monte Mojino, a project of Nature and Culture International. We will end the course traversing Baja California from south to north learning from multiple coastal communities.
RNR 495M/595M Conservation Realities in Northern Mexico (6 units)
Dr. Benjamin Wilder, Interim Director, Tumamoc Hill
Noah Silber-Coats, PhD Student School of Geography and Development