Conservation Alliance Community of Practice & speaker Series

The Central Arizona Conservation Alliance Community of Practice Series is aimed at connecting the dots in the conservation community by offering talks and workshops that are engaging and relevant to land management, science, the public, educators, planners, and decision-makers alike. The free series promotes both “on stage” and “off stage” knowledge-sharing and professional development, and has become a forum for open discussion, collaboration, and idea sharing for preservation and conservation of our mountain preserve system. Please RSVP to join us for these inspiring and productive events!

Upcoming Community of Practice and Speaker Series 2018:

Thursday, February 15th –  12:30pm-1:30pm 

Understanding how fire is changing our Arizona Upland plant communities
Kara Barron, Research Assistant, Desert Botanical Garden

Friday-Saturday, May 4th-5th

Arid Lands Symposium: Integrating Research into Action
Co-hosted with the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

Past Community of Practice and Speaker Series:

Linking Stakeholders to Reduce Non-native Species Introductions

Dr. Kimberlie McCue, Director of Research, Conservation, and Collections, Desert Botanical Garden
Thursday, September 14th, 2017, 12pm-1:15pm


Fracture Zone: Making Loss Visible

Osha Gray Davidson, Award-winning investigative writer and photographer
Thursday, May 25th, 2017, 12pm-1:15pm


Conservation Volunteerism & Community Connectivity: A study of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

Ryan Bleam, PhD Candidate with Arizona State University, School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017, 12pm-1:15pm


Wildlife On The Ground: Linkage Planning in the Preserves

Dana Warnecke, Habitat Specialist III, Arizona Game and Fish Department                                  

Scott Sprague, Senior Research Biologist, Arizona Game and Fish Department                                           

Thursday, November 10th, 2016, 12pm-1:15pm


Saguaro National Park Field Trip: Buffelgrass Back to the Future

May 2016, All Day Event


Understanding User Fees and Place Attachment in Maricopa County Parks

Milo Neild, Undergraduate, School Community Resources and Development, Arizona State University                                                

Eric Steffey: PhD Candidate, School Community Resources and Development, Arizona State University

Thursday, March 2nd, 2016, 12pm-1:30pm


City Mouse and Country Mouse: A Story of Urbanization, Herbivory, and Delicious Desert Plants

Jessica Alvarez Guevara, Undergraduate, School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Arizona State University

Becky Ball: Professor, School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Arizona State University 

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016


Sonoran Desert Preserves and the Public Good: Solutions and Strategies for Land Preservation

Dale Larsen, Moderator

Maria Baier, Former Arizona State Land Commissioner

Pat Beaty, Senior Fellow, Center for the Future of Arizona

RJ Cardin, Director, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department

Wendy Hodgson, Senior Research Botanist, Desert Botanical Garden

Mike Nolan, Director, McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

Gyan Nyaupane, Associate Professor, ASU School of Community Resources and Development

Thursday, March 19th, 2015


Human Impacts on Sonoran Desert Herpetofauna

Brian Sullivan: Professor, School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Arizona State University

Thursday, January 15th, 2015