Benjamin Wilder (photo: Jacob Chinn/UA Alumni Association)
Benjamin Wilder
Research Scientist, College of Science
(520) 626-3987
PhD, Botany, UC, Riverside, 2014

My research is broadly focused in desert ecology and botany. I utilize multiple approaches and time scales to establish baselines to better understand modern biodiversity and connect science to conservation.

I received my PhD in 2014 from the University of California, Riverside under the guidance of Dr. Exequiel Ezcurra for my dissertation research, "Historical Biogeography of the Midriff Islands, Gulf of California." From 2014–2015 I was a Visiting Scholar in the lab of Dr. Rodolfo Dirzo at Stanford University focusing on ecological education for indigenous communities. I returned to my native desert and Tucson in the Fall of 2015 to work with Dr. Cristopher Scott and the Consortium for Arizona and Mexico Arid Environments (CAZMEX) in addition to continuing my research in arid environments.

I increasingly value the incorporation of diverse perspectives and the powerful results made possible via collaboration. In my role as director of the Next Generation Sonoran Desert Researchers (N-Gen) I strive to create opportunities for collaboration across borders and disciplines and a more holistic understanding and appreciation for the Sonoran Desert.

Selected Citations: 

Wilder, B.T., O’Meara, C., Monti, L., Nabhan, G. 2016. The importance of indigenous knowledge in curbing the loss of language and biodiversity. BioScience 66:499–509.

Vanderplank S, BT Wilder, E Ezcurra. 2016. Arroyo la Junta: Una joya de biodiversidad en la Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra La Laguna / A biodiversity jewel in the Sierra La Laguna Biosphere Reserve. Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Next Generation Sonoran Desert Researchers, and UC MEXUS. 159 pg. http://nextgensd.com/arroyo-la-junta-a-biodiversity-jewel-in-the-sierra-...

O’Meara, C., B.T. Wilder (eds). 2015. Seeds in the Sand: The next generation of approaches to understanding the Sonoran Desert and Gulf of California. Journal of the Southwest.

Wilder, B.T., O’Meara, C. 2015. The Continuum of Desert Research. In, O'Meara, C., B.T. Wilder (eds.) Seeds in the Sand: The next generation of approaches to understanding the Sonoran Desert and Gulf of California. Journal of the Southwest 57:163–186.

Dolby, G. Bennett, S.E.K., A. Lira-Noriega, B.T. Wilder, A. Munguia-Vega. 2015. The Geologic and Climatic Forcing of Biodiversity Surrounding the Gulf of California. In, O'Meara, C., B.T. Wilder (eds.) Seeds in the Sand: The next generation of approaches to understanding the Sonoran Desert and Gulf of California. Journal of the Southwest 57:391–455.

Wilder, B.T. 2014. Historical Biogeography of the Midriff Islands in the Gulf of California, Mexico. Dissertation, UC, Riverside, Plant Biology.

Ratay, S.E., S. Vanderplank, B.T. Wilder. 2014. Island specialists: Shared flora of the Alta and Baja California Pacific islands. Western North American Naturalist 7:161–220.

Wilder, B.T., J.L. Betancourt, C. Epps, R. Crowhurst, J.I. Mead, E. Ezcurra. 2014. Local extinction and unintentional rewilding of bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) on a desert island. PLoS ONE 9(3): e91358. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0091358.

Vanderplank, S.E., B.T. Wilder, E. Ezcurra. 2014. Descubriendo la Biodiversidad Terrestre en la Región de Cabo Pulmo / Uncovering the Dryland Biodiversity of the Cabo Pulmo Region. Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Next Generation Sonoran Desert Researchers, and UC MEXUS, U.S.A. 122 pg. http://nextgensd.com/uncovering-the-dryland-biodiversity-of-the-cabo-pul...

Velarde, E., B.T. Wilder, R.S. Felger, E. Ezcurra. 2014. Floristic diversity and dynamics of Isla Rasa, Gulf of California, Mexico – A globally important seabird site. Botanical Sciences 92(1):89–101.

Wilder, B.T., C. O’Meara, A. Medel, N. Narchi, O. Aburto-Oropeza. 2013. The need for a next generation of Sonoran Desert researchers. Conservation Biology 27:243–244.

Wilder, B.T. & R.S. Felger. 2010. Cardons, guano, and isolation: The flora and vegetation of San Pedro Mártir Island, Gulf of California, Mexico. Proceedings of the San Diego Society of Natural History 42:1–24.

Wilder, B.T., R.S. Felger, H. Romero. 2008. Succulent plant diversity of the Sonoran Islands, Gulf of California, Mexico. Haseltonia 14:128–161.

Research Themes: 
Climate and Adaptation
Borderlands
Ethnobiology
Environmental Arts and Humanities
Governance, Law, and Policy
Borderlands
Natural resource management
Natural Environment and Biodiversity
Arid lands
Borderlands
Community education
Conservation biology
Ecosystem ecology
Ethnobiology
GIS
Geography
History
Indigenous knowledge
Invasive species
Phenology
Plant science
Sky Islands
Species Interactions
Terrestrial ecology
Water
Arid lands
Borderlands

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