The Southwest Biological Science Center, located at the University of Arizona, collaborates with the School of Natural Resources to gather and manage natural resource data and to provide natural resource information to land managers throughout the desert region. Lead scientists and staff conduct research on issues related to the ecology and management of desert resources. In doing so, the station provides technical assistance to the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Department of Defense, and other client agencies on issues related to the development and implementation of plans to manage desert lands and their resources. Some examples of ongoing research include surveys of plants and animals in land management units of the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts; assistance to land managers on natural resource monitoring programs; understanding the effects of and developing techniques for the removal of alien species such as buffalograss and bullfrogs; understanding the effects of fire in the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts; understanding the decline of amphibians in the Southwestern deserts; describing the ecology of rare and threatened plants and animals; and developing information management systems that will increase the efficiency of natural resource management and increase cooperation among various land management agencies.
Vision Statement and Values
Integrity | Collaboration | Excellence | Collegiality | Innovation
The Southwestern Biological Science Center is one of the premiere USGS research stations that utilize collaborative, multi-disciplinary teamwork to produce quality natural science research and solutions for the conservation of Western North American ecosystems.