The Science Advisory Committee of the Malpai Borderlands Group is composed of scientists specializing in disciplines ranging from botany to zoology.
Did you know?
- Malpai ranchers have cooperated with scientists to inventory the region’s rich biodiversity — including the most diverse lizard fauna in the US.
- The Malpai region has the most extensive network of long-term vegetation monitoring plots in the Southwest. The data collected helps ranchers and public land managers to improve ongoing grassland restoration efforts.
- The Malpai science program maintains over 200 monitoring plots to provide baseline data on the ecology of the region. Other research efforts focus on specific taxa like the tiny Cochise pincushion cactus.
LINKS TO RELATED WEBSITES
The Jornada- Arid Lands Research Programs - http://jornada.nmsu.edu/portals/malpai
The Cuencos Los Ojos Foundation - http://www.cuencalosojos.org/
Jaguar Book - http://www.jaguarbook.com/
Northern Jaguar Project - https://www.northernjaguarproject.org/
Malpai Borderlands Group 2017 Annual Science Conference
The 2017 Malpai Borderlands Group Science Conference will be held Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. at the new Geronimo Event Center just north of Rodeo, New Mexico. We have an excellent group of speakers this year and a full agenda with something for everyone (an agenda is attached). Lunch will be available at the Event Center, as well as at several local venues (the Rodeo Tavern, Rodeo Grocery and the Portal Store). The Event Center is located on NM Hwy 80 about two miles north of the town of Rodeo. It is a 50-minute drive from Douglas, Arizona, and about the same from Lordsburg, New Mexico. A list of lodging available in the Portal/Rodeo area will follow in a week or two for those that would prefer to stay closer.
Please mark your calendars and plan to join us on January 3rd!
2017 Malpai Borderlands Group Science Conference
January 3, 2017
9:00 AM Welcome and Introductions: Bill McDonald, Executive Director, Malpai Borderlands Group
9:15 AM Keynote: Tim Koopman, Koopman Ranch, Sunol, California
10:00 AM Making Sense of Mid-Century Climate Change Projections in the Malpai Borderlands and Practical Tools for Adaptation. Emile Alias, Ph.D, Hydrologist and Deputy Director for Research, USDA Southwest Climate Hub.
10:45 AM Understanding the Metrics of Bare Ground. Mollie Walton, Ph.D, Land and Water Program Director, The Quivira Coalition.
11:30 AM Ecology of Sonoran Mud Turtles in Ranch Ponds. Justin Congdon, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, University of Georgia, Savanna River Ecology Lab (West).
12:15 PM Lunch Break
1:30 PM Chiricahua Leopard Frog Recovery Update - Building Metapopulations in Cave Creek. Geoff Bender, Director, Southwestern Research Station, American Museum of Natural History.
2:15 PM New Technology for Measuring Water Volumes in Ranch Ponds. Mary Nichols, Ph.D. Research Hydraulic Engineer, USDA-ARS Southwest Watershed Research Center.
3:00 PM Afternoon Break
3:15 PM Raramuri Criollo cattle research in southern NM and central Chihuahua. Andres F. Ciblis. PhD, Rick E. Estell (1); Sheri Spiegal(1); Shelemia Nyamurekung’e(2); Matthew McIntosh(2); Alfredo L. Gonzalez(1); Octavio Roacho Estrada(3); and Felipe Rodriguez Almeida(3). (1)USDA-ARS-Jornada Exp. Range; (2) NMSU, Department of Animal and Range Sci.; (3)UACH, Facultad de Zootecnia
4:00 PM Evaluating Vegetation Change in the Borderlands from 1984 to 2014 using Landsat Satellite Imagery: Shrub Cover Increase Affects Wildlife Corridors. Myles Traphagen, Solar Biology LLC
4:45 PM Adjourn