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Home Where We Work Arizona Santa Cruz River Research Days 2013


Santa Cruz River Research Days 2013 - Fifth Annual

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Santa Cruz River Research Days is an annual event that provides an opportunity to share regional work pertaining to the Santa Cruz River as well as provide an opportunity for collaboration. Presentations focus on environmental and cultural research, monitoring, restoration, and other conservation work along the Santa Cruz River.

Each year a short proceedings is produced including abstracts of work presented. To read about previous Santa Cruz Research Days, click on a year from the Research Links section on the right side of the page.

This year's 2 day event:

April 15, 2013 from 9:00am - 5:00pm
April 16, 2013 from 9:00am - 5:00pm

ADM WhiteArizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Education Annex*
2021 N. Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ, 85743

*Education Annex is outside of main museum grounds.

 Directions and Map to Education Annex


2013 Call for Papers - download here (pdf)

2013 Program - download here (pdf)

 2013 Proceedings - download here540.33 KB

- Summary of Synthesis Sessions compiling the points discussed by the group during two synthesis sessions NEW
- Evaluation Results that provide valuable feedback for event planning and tracking of meeting impact NEW
- Abstracts of work presented
- Other abstracts of conservation efforts that could not be presented at the event


Oral Presentations

A Living River: Charting wetland health of the Lower Santa Cruz River1.77 MB
Emily Brott, Sonoran Institute

Vegetation impacts on flow and sediment transport in the Santa Cruz River2.96 MB
Jennifer Duan, University of Arizona

Traditional approaches to modifying the environment for productivity and sustainability along the Santa Cruz River6.24 MB
Suzy Fish, Arizona State Museum

Aquatic and riparian system monitoring results: Tumacácori National Historical Park 2011-124.84 MB
Evan Gwilliam, National Park Service, Sonoran Desert Network

Comparative invertebrate community structure and food web dynamics in an upland acid mine drainage–impacted watershed, Patagonia Mountains, Santa Cruz County1.79 MB
Jessica Gwinn, University of Arizona

Trace organics as organic tracers: modeling fate and transport in the Santa Cruz River, Tucson, Arizona2.59 MB
Alandra Kahl, University of Arizona

The Distribution and extent of heavy metal accumulation in song sparrows of the Upper Santa Cruz River Watershed, Arizona2.03 MB
Michael Lester, University of Arizona

Can watershed models guide riparian restoration efforts in the Borderlands?3.69 MB
Laura Norman, U.S. Geological Survey

Ranching, rendering, and regional economies in the 18th-Century Pimería Alta3.63 MB
Barnet Pavao-Zuckerman, University of Arizona

Estimates of yellow-billed cuckoo habitat in the Upper Santa Cruz Watershed and the State of Arizona3.5 MB
Roy Petrakis, University of Arizona

Hydrologic evaluation of the Canoa Ranch area2.81 MB
Frank Postillion, Pima County Regional Flood Control District

Impacts of flow diversion on effluent infiltration2.63 MB
Jacob Prietto, University of Arizona

Fate of estrogenic activity along the Lower Santa Cruz River, Arizona1.98 MB
David Quanrud, University of Arizona

Mapping Arizona wetlands2.98 MB
Mickey Reed, University of Arizona

Inorganic contaminants from past mining activity: bioaccumulation in fish and aquatic macro-invertebrates, Santa Cruz Watershed, Arizona2.51 MB
Peter Reinthal, University of Arizona

Conserve to Enhance: A tool for linking consumer water efficiency and urban wash enhancement in Tucson2.87 MB
Candice Rupprecht, Water Resources Research Center, University of Arizona

Landscapes of Fraud: Mission Tumacácori, the Baca Float, and the Betrayal of the O’odham2.28 MB
Thomas Sheridan, University of Arizona

Nitrogen and nitrophiles: Riparian vegetation response to effluent discharge2.73 MB
Julie Stromberg, Arizona State University

Airborne laser swath mapping of vegetation and channel characteristics along the Lower Santa Cruz River3.26 MB
Tyson Swetnam, University of Arizona

Recent Research at the early agricultural site of Las Capas, Pima County, Arizona7.04 MB
Jim Vint, Desert Archeology Inc.

Poster Presentations

Riparian ecosystem services: Akimel O’otham ethnomedicinal use of plants in the Salt and Santa Cruz Rivers2.69 MB
Elijah Allan, Arizona State University

Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area902.57 KB
Vanessa Bechtol, Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Alliance

Santa Cruz River at Cortaro Road – A volunteer restoration project4.65 MB
Marilyn Hanson, Arizona Native Plant Society, and Carrianne Campbell, RECON and Arizona Native Plant Society

Two villages on Tumamoc Hill1.85 MB
Paul Fish, Arizona State Museum

A test of methods to measure vegetation change adjacent to gabions in Sonora, Mexico using Landsat imagery5.3 MB
Leila Gass, U.S. Geological Survey

Plants found along the effluent dominated stretch of the Middle Santa Cruz River (not available)
Josh Gormally, Orascom

Nogales, Sonora flood warning and modeling network (not available)
Floyd Gray, U.S. Gelogical Survey

Using aerial photography and GIS for vegetation analysis of flood detention features in the Arizona borderlands area2.9 MB
Pankaj Jamwal, University of Arizona

Historical Conditions Report for the Lower Santa Cruz River Living River Project – Predicting change in an effluent-dependent stream611.29 KB
Akitsu Kimoto, Pima County Regional Flood Control District

Algae as bioindicators of stream function in acid mine drainage systems: Qualitative analyses of algal communities in Santa Cruz Watershed3.57 MB
Hannah Moore, University of Arizona

Occurrence and fate of human and indicator viruses in the discharge from the Nogales Wastewater Treatment Plant in the Santa Cruz River (not available)
Koiya Tuttle, University of Arizona

Santa Cruz River conservation inventory mapping (mapping activity, not available)
Claire Zugmeyer, Sonoran Institute