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May 12, 2021


Protecting Threatened Sonoran Desert Plant Species

Sonoran Desert Plant Specialist Group Host
for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature


Transplanting and Seeding Restoration Sites in the Sonoran Desert


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Mission Statement

Conduct ecological research through partnerships and citizen science to inform long-term natural resource management of the Sonoran Desert, to contribute to broader scientific knowledge, and to inspire stewardship of the desert.

Our Work Focuses On Two Main Priorities

Improving best management practices in ecological restoration and control of invasive non-native plant species for the Sonoran Desert and other arid lands

Assessing the impact of urban stressors and climate change on the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and the broader region.

About The Parsons Field Institute

Citizen Science and Research Program

Our Citizen Science Program supports the Field Institute research scientists by training volunteers of all backgrounds to participate in and lead research projects that help us address our research priorities.

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Arid Lands Research Symposium

The Parsons Field Institute hosts a biennial Arid Lands Research Symposium. This event brings together researchers, land managers, students, community leaders and stakeholders to share practical implications from regional natural resource research and novel ideas for implementing monitoring, research and management.

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Regional and International Partnerships

We work with regional and international partners to research and implement solutions to arid land management and conservation.

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Our citizen science model is unique – we partner with scientists and actively involve volunteers in research from project development through publication. Explore this page to learn about our research projects and findings.

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