The 2020 Malpai Borderlands Group Science Conference will be held Thursday, January 9, 2020, at the Geronimo Event Center just north of Rodeo, New Mexico. Lunch will be available for purchase at the Event Center, as well as at several local venues.   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 conference schedule is below as well as a link to a list of lodging and restaurants for the Portal/Rodeo area. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us on January 9th!

Malpai Borderlands Group Science Conference

January 9, 2020

Geronimo Event Center Rodeo, New Mexico

(31.87095° N, 109.03535° W) WGS 84


9:45-10:00    Introductions

Myles Traphagen                             Science Coordinator, Malpai Borderlands Group

Richard Winkler                                Executive Director, Malpai Borderlands Group

10:00-10:30  David Simeral                      Desert Research Institute, Reno, NV

“Western climate trends and weather monitoring.”

10:30-10:55  Kathy Gerst                        University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

“USDA Plant Phenology Network Monitoring.”

10:55-11:20  Jeff Fehmi                           University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

“Lehman lovegrass ecology and control.”

11:20-11:40  BREAK

11:40-12:05 Laura Norman                                  United States Geological Survey- Tucson, AZ

“Quantifiable benefits of erosion control structures in the San Bernardino Valley”

12:05- 12:30 Brandon Bestelmeyer      USDA Jornada Experimental Range, Las Cruces, NM  

“Socioeconomic and environmental changes in the Malpai region.”

LUNCH  12:30-2:00 

2:00- 2:30 Phil Rosen & Cecil Schwalbe University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

“Reptile and Amphibian Conservation with the Malpai Borderlands Group”

2:30- 2:55  Ivonne Cassaigne                 Primero Conservation- Mexico City, DF, Mexico

“Rancher and jaguar conflicts in Sonora, Mexico”

2:55- 3:20  Juan Carlos Bravo                Wildlands Network- Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico

“Mexico Highway 2 expansion and effects on Borderlands jaguar linkages”

3:20- 3:55  Cody Wooden                       University of Arizona- Tucson, AZ

“Woody shrub increase in the Malpai region from 1990 to the present.”

3:55- 4:20  Shelemia Nyamuryekung’e USDA Jornada Experimental Range, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico

“Criollo cattle research: Landscape use, heat tolerance, mothering style & range finishing.”


Link to Lodging and Restaurants in Portal/Rodeo area.

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