2016 Colorado Desert Natural History Research Symposium

Friday, November 4, 2016 - 6:00pm to Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 12:00pm



Weekend Agenda


Call for Poster Abstracts

Field Tours 

Conference Lodging

Student Scholarships

Pricing & Registration                              

Join us in highlighting the connection between research, education and advocacy in California’s largest state park. This three-day event showcases research in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park with the goal of raising public awareness, inspiration and appreciation for our diverse desert ecosystem. The symposium provides a forum for the community, students and researchers to learn about a broad range of disciplines.


Weekend Agenda

Friday, November 4, 6-9pm
Welcome Reception & Research Poster Presentations
Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center

Saturday, November 5, 8am - 8pm
Speaker Presentations & Banquet Dinner
Borrego Springs Resort Golf Club & Spa

Sunday, November 6, Times will vary
Morning Field Tours
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park


Topics and Speakers

View the detailed speaker agenda

  • Keynote Address: David Van Cleve – Anza-Borrego Foundation: 50 Years of Conservation in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park 
  • Dr. Phil Rundel, University of California, Los Angeles – Plant Biodiversity in Desert Regions:  Patterns and Processes 
  • Dr. Maxi Richmond, University of California, San Diego – The Mysterious Micro-community of Arthropods in Rotting Barrel Cactus 
  • Dr. Chris Hamilton, Florida Museum of Natural History – Understanding the Evolution of Miniaturization and Other Tales of North American Tarantulas 
  • Linh Anh Cat & Morgan Gorris, Ph.D. candidates, University of California, Irvine –  Disease in the Desert:  Ecology, Epidemiology and Environmental Modeling of Valley Fever
  • Dr. T. Winston Vickers, University of California, Davis – Puma Population Dynamics and Conservation in the Western Colorado Desert, the Peninsular Ranges, and Beyond
  • Dr. Rulon W. Clark, San Diego State University – Avoiding the Serpent’s Tooth: Predator-prey interactions between sidewinder rattlesnakes and desert kangaroo rats

Call for Poster Abstracts

We invite you to submit abstracts for posters to be presented at the 2016 Colorado Desert Natural History Research Symposium. Plan now to have your poster included! Posters will be featured during the Friday evening Welcome Reception at the Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center.

Please refer to the Call for Poster Abstracts for submission guidelines. You may download the Poster Abstract Application as a PDF Form or Word Document. After completing the form, save it and send it to info@theabf.org. The deadline for electronic submission is 5:00 pm Pacific Standard Time, October 14, 2016.


Symposium Mugs for All!

Thanks to a generous sponsorship from our friends at Sunbelt Publications, all symposium attendees will receive this vibrant coffee mug as a take-home gift.


Sunday Field Tours

View the details for each tour.

Half-day morning field tours providing experiences in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park will be offered on Sunday morning. Tour options include:

  • Mountain Lions with Volunteer Naturalist Don Endicott, 9-11:30am
  • Lizards of the Anza-Borrego Region with Andrew Gottscho, 9am-noon
  • Paleontology Lab Tour with Dr. Lyndon Murray, 9am
  • Cacti of Anza-Borrego with Environmental Services Intern Larry Hendrickson, 9-11:30am
  • More coming soon!


Conference Lodging:

Borrego Springs Resort Golf Club & Spa is offering a special lodging rate to symposium attendees. Please refer to the Anza-Borrego Foundation Room Rate when making reservations by calling 760-767-5700.

-  $119 per deluxe guestroom, per night, plus tax
-  $159 per luxury king suite, per night, plus tax

Student Scholarships

Scholarships are being offered to currently enrolled students who may attend the symposium for $25 per person. Complimentary overnight accommodations will be available at UC Irvine’s Research Center in Borrego Springs. To apply for a scholarship, fill out the Student Scholarship Form and submit it to Briana Puzzo at briana@theabf.org. A limited number of scholarships are available so applications will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration Pricing: 

Symposium (includes Welcome Reception):
$135 Public Admission
$115 ABF Members

Saturday Evening Banquet Dinner:
$45 per person

Sunday Field Tours:
$15 per person

Welcome Reception Guests:
$15 per person


Many thanks to our Symposium sponsors!

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Learn more.