Tumamoc Hill: Sustaining Ecosystem Health Within The Urban Landscape

The overall purpose of this project is to promote sustainable biodiversity through research, education, and outreach. This research project consists of quantifying herpetofaunal (reptile and amphibian) biodiversity at Tumamoc Hill and other fragmented areas of Sonoran Desert habitat throughout Tucson. Because snakes, lizards, frogs, and toads are among the most important consumers and prey in Sonoran desert ecosystems, sustaining herpetofaunal biodiversity is vital to the health of desert ecosystems.

Pursuing Sustainability Over the Summer

Arizona Cooperative Extension, an outreach arm of the UA and a department of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is providing opportunities for UA students to get out into state communities and work on real-world sustainability issues during summer “externships.” While these communities benefit from the experience, skills, and enthusiasm brought by the university students, students gain experience building sustainable communities as they work with local leaders and on real-world projects.

Sustainability Mural with the Honors College

In an effort to promote sustainability, SolarCats partnered with the Honors College in Spring 2011 to create a sustainability mural that could be shown to potential and incoming freshman during Honors College tours. A large, yellow sun is featured behind the prominent UA letters, with other sustainability-related images such as the earth and a solar panel also making an appearance in the corners.

David Pietz

David Pietz
Associate Professor of Modern Chinese History, Department of East Asian Studies
UNESCO Chair of Environmental History
Director, Global Studies Program


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