Welcome to the Madrean Conference!

Back by popular demand, this will be the fourth symposium on the biologically rich “sky islands” of southeastern Arizona, southwestern New Mexico and adjacent Mexico.

The Biodiversity and Management of the Madrean Archipelago Conference (known as the “Madrean Conference”), is the premier regional event for sharing science and building collaboration.  The binational Madrean Archipelago or Sky Island region of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico is recognized for its unique biological diversity, natural beauty, and cultural heritage. The conference is a dynamic opportunity for researchers, managers, and conservation practitioners to learn the latest science and translate it into practical management approaches. It is part of a series that still shapes our understanding of the region through presentations given in 1994, 2004, and 2012.

In 2018 the conference will highlight the current state of knowledge about the unique natural resources and human communities of the Sky Island region and seek to  advance management practices for maintaining those resources now and into the future by fostering collaboration and partnerships across the region. Included is a special one-day session on Wednesday, May 16 entitled “Current Research on Herpetofauana of the Sonoran Desert and Sky Islands” that will be dedicated to conservation and research on reptiles and amphibians.

The Conference includes opportunities for professional development through formal workshops, moderated symposium, field visits,  practitioner presentations, and informal exchange of information all at a single venue.

Who Should Attend

We encourage the participation of researchers, partners in resource stewardship, land managers, educators and students, government officials, consultants, and the interested public from both sides of the border to examine, discuss, and celebrate the Madrean Archipelago. The event will feature invited and contributed presentations, interactive discussions and learning sessions, poster presentations, field trips, and social events.

The conference language will be English; however, Spanish interpretation and translation will be available for many portions of the conference.