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Santa Cruz River

Researchers' Day 2011

Santa Cruz River Researchers' Day is an annual event sponsored by Tumacácori National Historical Park, Sonoran Institute, and Friends of the Santa Cruz River. This annual meeting provides an important opportunity to share updates on new and ongoing regional work pertaining to the Santa Cruz River as well as provide an opportunity for collaboration. Presentations focus on research, monitoring,  restoration, and other conservation work along the Santa Cruz River.

Each year a short proceedings is produced including abstracts of work presented, as well as other work in the region that could not be shared at the event. To read about previous Santa Cruz Researchers' Day events, use the links in the Resources - Santa Cruz River section on the right side of the page.

This year's event:

March 29, 2011 from 9:30am - 5:00pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library - Lower Level Meeting Room
101 N. Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701

 For directions visit the library webpage or download a map and directions (pdf)

2011 Event Flyer - download here (pdf)

2011 Schedule - download here (pdf)

2011 Proceedings - download here (pdf)

2011 Proceedings Cover

- Forming a Santa Cruz Watershed Steering Committee summary of the discussion during the Special Session

- Abstracts of the work presented

- Other Research abstracts of work that could not be presented at the event


To download a pdf copy of this year's presentations or posters, click on the title below.

2011 Presentations and Posters

Emerging Contaminants in the Upper Santa Cruz River: 2010-2011 (1.82 MB)
Leif Abrel, University of Arizona, Arizona Laboratory for Emerging Contaminants

Measuring the Impacts of Natural Amenities and the US-Mexico Border, on Housing Values in the Santa Cruz Watershed, using Spatially-Weighted Hedonic Modeling (1.35 MB)
Gladys Amaya, University of Arizona

Science-based outreach and water for the environment: Sonoran Institute's updates on Santa Cruz River work (2.8 MB)
Emily Brott and Claire Zugmeyer, Sonoran Institute

Nogales, Sonora, Mexico: Is There Something in the Water? (3.13 MB)
Felipe Caleira, University of Arizona

Linking hydrology, geology, chemistry, and biology in the Upper Santa Cruz River Basin (2.96 MB)
James Callegary, US Geological Survey

Causes and Consequences of Clogging in the Santa Cruz River (1.82 MB)
Natalie Case, Arizona State University

Santa Cruz River at Canoa Ranch Photo Monitoring (3.47 MB)
Neva Connolly, Pima County Office of Conservation Science

History and Prospects for Fish in the Santa Cruz River, Pima County, Arizona (1.43 MB)
Julia Fonseca, Pima County Office of Conservation Science

The Vegetation of the Middle Effluent dominated Santa Cruz (3.96 MB)
Josh Gormally

Health and Lifestyle of Children Living in the Santa Cruz River Watershed (1.03 MB)
Sofia Grigera, University of Arizona

Ecosystem Monitoring at Tumacácori National Historical Park (906 KB)
Andy Hubbard, National Park Service, Sonoran Desert Network

Dry River: Stories of Life, Death and Redemption on the Santa Cruz (1.71 MB)
Ken Lamberton

A new network of banding stations on the Santa Cruz River in Southern Arizona (797 KB)
Benton Leitner, BirdWorks

Groundwater Contaminant Transport Modeling In the Upper Santa Cruz Basin (2.14 MB)
Rose McAndrew, University of Arizona

Market-based Responses to Arizona’s Water Sustainability Challenges - The Cornerstones Report (1.25 MB)
Amy McCoy, Ecosystem Economics

The Resurgence of a River: A Report on Fish in the Santa Cruz (1.22 MB)
Lisa McDonough, University of Arizona

Climate and Population Change Impacts on Dryland Rivers - Integrated Synthesis (1.44 MB)
Tom Meixner, University of Arizona

Characterization of Fecal Contamination Targeting 16S rRNA Bacteroides Molecular Markers in the Santa Cruz River, Arizona (613 KB)
Berenise Rivera, University of Arizona

Development of landscape-scale geospatial data sets describing the vegetation and land use of the binational Santa Cruz watershed
(3.92 MB)
Cynthia Wallace, US Geological Survey and Miguel Villarreal, University of Arizona

Tumacácori National Historical Park: Its Resources and Role in Research (756 KB)
Jason Welborn, Tumacácori National Historical Park

Nutrients and nitrophiles: effects of treated wastewater on dryland riparian plant communities (2.07 MB)
Meg White, Arizona State University