Dr. Geoffrey Bender, Director of the American Museum of Natural History’s
Southwestern Research Station
Wednesday, May 26, 2021,
an ASA Zoom Webinar*
Geoffrey Bender poses the question: “Why would the American Museum of Natural History in New York City support a biological field station in rural southeast Arizona?” His presentation will explain the geographic influences that make Arizona’s Sky Island Archipelago one of the most biologically rich environments in the United States and an ideal place to foster a better understanding of our planet.
He contends that his work contributes to our understanding of the ecosystem so that it can regain its vigor and promises to “describe the role field stations play in basic research and education as ‘outdoor laboratories.’” We’ll learn about the challenges these ecosystems “face in an ever-changing world – politically, economically, and climatically.”
Geoff Bender has been employed at the Southwestern Research Station for fifteen years. As a conservationist he is a 17-year member of the Chiricahua Leopard frog recovery team giving tadpoles a head start in their environment, restoring ponds/wetlands and removing invasive species in the Portal area in Cochise County. He believes the successful reestablishment of the Chiricahua Leopard Frog will indicate the Chiricahuas’ aquatic ecosystem is healthy. He also believes that the Southwestern Research Station, aside from supporting research and mentoring future scientists, is an important contributor for understanding, promoting, and protecting the Arizona Sky Island’s rich biodiversity.
Compiled by Maria Dobozy, Academy Village Volunteer
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