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Merging science and management in a rapidly changing world: Biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago III and 7th Conference on Research and Resource Management in the Southwestern Deserts; 2012 May 1-5; Tucson, AZ


Peter F. Ffolliott
Brooke S. Gebow



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Proceedings (P)

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Rocky Mountain Research Station


Proceedings. RMRS-P-67. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 593 p.


The Madrean Archipelago or Sky Islands region of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico is recognized for its unique biological diversity, natural beauty, and cultural heritage. This 2012 conference brought together scientists, managers, students, and other interested parties from the United States and Mexico to share their knowledge and passion about the region and to identify needs and creative solutions for existing and emerging problems. More than 300 people attended the conference including a large and energetic contingent from northern Mexico. The conference provided a forum to update the state-of-knowledge that has evolved since the first conference in 1994 and the second conference in 2004. It also provided a setting for the formation of new friendships and partnerships. These proceedings contain 80 of the 190 oral and poster presentations and all abstracts from the plenary sessions and the concurrent sessions. Abstracts in Spanish are included. Topics include climate change in the Sky Island Region, southwestern cienegas, the Northern Jaguar Reserve, amphibian conservation, biodiversity of plants and animals, fire effects, grasslands, and human impacts, and tools. The conference hosted a symposium about Santa Cruz River Watershed Conservation. A lively open forum at the end of the conference generated a list of future scientific and management needs for the Madrean Archipelago and a commitment to increase international cooperation. Mexican participants graciously offered to host the next conference, Speakers stressed the importance for all interested parties to collaborate - to work side-by-side and constantly inform one another about relevant research, timely events, and cross-pollination opportunities throughout the region.

Conference summary: Biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago III: Closing remarks and notes from the concluding session
National wildlife refuge management on the United States/Mexico border
Biodiversity in the Madrean Archipelago of Sonora, Mexico
Conservation efforts and possibilities for increased collaboration in the Santa Cruz River watershed
A conceptual model of plant responses to climate with implications for monitoring ecosystem change
Temporal patterns in species flowering in Sky Islands of the Sonoran Desert ecoregion
Are Madrean ecosystems approaching tipping points? Anticipating interactions of landscape disturbance and climate change
Preliminary assessment of changes in a lizard assemblage at an ecotone in southeastern Arizona
It's lonely at the top: Biodiversity at risk to loss from climate change
Responding to climate change impacts in the Sky Island Region: From planning to action
Flora and vegetation of the Saint David and Lewis Springs Cienegas, Cochise County, Arizona
Paleoenvironmental framework for understanding the development, stability, and state-changes of cienegas in the American deserts
When will female jaguars cross the border? Socio-demographics of the northern jaguar
Bird ecology and conservation on the Northern Jaguar Reserve: Recent lessons
Buying land for conservation purposes in Sonora, Mexico
A comparison of the herpetofaunas of Ranchos Los Fresnos and El Aribabi in northern Sonora, Mexico
Comparison of preliminary herpetofaunas of the Sierras la Madera (Oposura) and Bacadehuachi with the mainland Sierra Madre Occidental in Sonora, Mexico
Distribution of riparian vegetation in relation to streamflow in Pima County, Arizona
Observations on the seasonal distribution of native fish in a 10-kilometer reach of San Bernardino Creek, Sonora, Mexico
Biodiversity and conservation of the Cienega de Saracachi area, Sonora, Mexico
Preliminary assessment of biogeographic affinities of selected insect taxa of the state of Sonora, Mexico
Preliminary survey of bee (Hymenoptera: Anthophila) richness in the northwestern Chihuahuan Desert
Introduction to the Arizona Sky Island Arthropod Project (ASAP): Systematics, biogeography, ecology, and population genetics of arthropods of the Madrean Sky Islands
Preliminary assessment of the moth (Lepidoptera: Heterocera) fauna of Rincon de Guadalupe, Sierra de Bacadehuachi, Sonora, Mexico
Sand dune of Ruby, Arizona, an anthropogenically created biodiversity hotspot for wasps and their velvet ant parasitoids
Bird list of San Bernardino Ranch in Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico
Preliminary assessment of species richness and avian community dynamics in the Madrean Sky Islands, Arizona
Biodiversity effects on ecosystem function due to land use: The case of buffel savannas in the Sky Islands Seas in the central region of Sonora
Biogeography and diversity of pines in the Madrean Archipelago
Ecosystems and diversity of the Sierra Madre Occidental
Wide ranges of functional traits in the flora from the central region of Sonora: A diversity to be explored
Cytogeography of Larrea tridentata at the Chihuahuan-Sonoran Desert ecotone
Chihuahuan desert flora of La Calera, Municipio de Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico
Flora of Chihuahuan desertscrub on limestone in northeastern Sonora, Mexico
Preliminary flora of the Sierra Bacadehuachi, Sonora, Mexico
Comparison of the tropical floras of the Sierra la Madera and the Sierra Madre Occidental, Sonora, Mexico
Biogeographic perspective of speciation among desert tortoises in the genus Gopherus: A preliminary evaluation
Richness of mammals on the San Bernardino Ranch in the municipality of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico
Preliminary list of flying mammals in the Ajos-Bavispe National Forest Reserve and Wildlife Refuge, Sonora
Decade of wildlife tracking in the Sky Islands
Black bear population and connectivity in the Sky Islands of Mexico and the United States
Inventory of terrestrial mammals in the Rincon Mountains using camera traps
Habitat type and Permanence determine local aquatic invertebrate community structure in the Madrean Sky Islands
Gila topminnow interactions with western mosquitofish: An update
Native aquatic vertebrates: Conservation and management in the Rio Sonoyta Basin, Sonora, Mexico
Documenting the biodiversity of the Madrean Archipelago: An analysis of a virtual flora and fauna
Agricultural field reclamation utilizing native grass crop production
Review of black-tailed prairie dog reintroduction strategies and site selection: Arizona reintroduction
Trajectory and rate of desert vegetation response following cattle removal
Soil erosion and deposition before and after fire in oak savannas
Hillslope treatment effectiveness monitoring on Horseshoe 2 and Monument Fires
Ecology and management of oak woodlands and savannas in the southwestern Borderlands Region
Effects of prescribed fires and a wildfire on biological resources of oak savannas in the Peloncillo Mountains, New Mexico
Impacts of wildfire on wildlife in Arizona: A synthesis
Burned saguaro: Will they live or die?
Post-wildfire erosion in the Chiricahua Mountains
Mapping and assessing the environmental impacts of border tactical infrastructure in the Sky Island Region
Using remote sensing to monitor post-fire watershed recovery as a tool for management
Gila River Basin Native Fishes Conservation Program
Potential for extending major land resource areas into northern Mexico
Into the third dimension: Benefits of incorporating LiDAR data in wildlife habitat models
Sustaining the grassland sea: Regional perspectives on identifying, protecting and restoring the Sky Island region's most intact grassland valley landscapes
Sacaton riparian grasslands of the Sky Islands: Mapping distribution and ecological condition using state-and-transition models in Upper Cienega Creek Watershed
Long distance commutes by lesser long-nosed bats (Leptonycteris yerbabuenae) to visit residential hummingbird feeders
Effects of roads on wildlife in Arizona: How far have we traveled?
Wildlife survey and monitoring in the Sky Island Region with an emphasis on neotropical felids
Analysis of the seasonal activity rate of sympatric carnivores and their prey in Saguaro National Park
Wildlife surveys and monitoring with the Use of remote camera traps in the Greater Oak Flat Watershed near Superior, Arizona
Medium and large mammals in the Sierra La Madera, Sonora, Mexico
Herpetofauna at the Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch
Late quaternary brown bear (Ursidae: Ursus cf. arctos) from a cave in the Huachuca Mountains, Arizona
FireScape: A program for whole-mountain fire management in the Sky Island Region
Floristic analysis of heterogeneous landscape patches in a biological corridor in the El Rodeo-Basora Area near Moctezuma, Sonora, Mexico
Association between nurse plants and saguaros (Carnegiea gigantea) in the western Sonora
Vegetation monitoring on semi-arid grasslands unglazed by domestic livestock
Mountain pine beetle in southwestern white pine in the Pinaleno Mountains
Population status of prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus) in the San Pedro River Basin, Sonora
Babocomari River Riparian Protection Project
Important bird areas of the Madrean Archipelago: A conservation strategy for avian communities
Preliminary flora of Ojo de Agua Tonibabi, Sierra La Madera, Sonora, Mexico
Examining wildlife responses to phenology and wildfire using a landscape-scale camera trap network
Mapping landscape phenology preference of yellow-billed cuckoo with AVHRR data
Mapping ecological systems in southeastern Arizona
Vascular plants diversity of El Aribabi Conservation Ranch: A private natural protected area in northern Sonora, Mexico


Gottfried, Gerald J.; Ffolliott, Peter F.; Gebow, Brooke S.; Eskew, Lane G.; Collins, Loa C., comps. 2013. Merging science and management in a rapidly changing world: Biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago III and 7th Conference on Research and Resource Management in the Southwestern Deserts; 2012 May 1-5; Tucson, AZ. Proceedings. RMRS-P-67. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 593 p.

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