Michael O. LAnnunziata is the founder and director of the SDCC, a grassroots, conservation organization. Having an American father, and Mexican mother; he holds dual nationalities (US and Mexico), speaks Spanish and English fluently, and is in effect bicultural. Having a large family in Caborca, Sonora, he maintains close ties to the rural communities along the coast of Sonora.
1333 E. 8th St. unit A Tucson, AZ 85719
Tel: (520) 622-3140
Bsc, Biology (with a Marine pathway), University of California at Santa Cruz, California, 1996
Msc, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (Marine Sciences), University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 2000
Studies include successional mechanisms, and species-area relationships of ephemeral pool branchiopod communities present at La Estrella reserve. Marine research has involved surveying fish assemblages of both rocky, and soft bottom intertidal fish assemblages, along the coasts of California and the Gulf of California. Additional studies include determining life history components of the calyeptrid Thyca callista, parasitizing the asteroid Phataria unifaciallis, along the islands of the southern Gulf of California. Areas of special interest include general aquatic invertebrate ecology, intertidal ecology, tropical and temperate fish ecology, and restoration ecology.
Robert A. Jewell is a founding member of the SDCC. Rob built and maintains this website. A recent graduate from the University of Arizona, with a BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Rob is experienced in floral and faunal monitoring. Experience includes work for the Chiricahua National Monument, Coronado Memorial, and the Environmental Research Lab of the University of Arizona. He has established habitat monitoring plots for the Mexican spotted owl (Strix occidentalis lucida), tracked mammals, banded birds with the MAPS program, collected, sorted and identified algae, and while working with various environmental organizations. Areas of special interest include marine and desert ecology, restoration ecology, algal assemblages, and alternative energy production.
724 E. 8th Street
Dr. Robert J. Frye, is a professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, at the University of Arizona, and serves as an academic advisor for the SDCC. His research focuses on demographics and conservation of endangered cacti.
University of Arizona
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology/Biological Sciences East
Patrick Phoebus, Our public relations officer and another founding member of SDCC, Patrick received his B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona. His experience working in cooperation with various federal agencies, volunteer groups, and nonprofit organizations enables him to communicate effectively with people of diverse viewpoints on controversial issues. He is an avid birder, having handled more than 250 wild birds during mist netting in Southeastern Arizona and Northern Sonora, Mexico. He has several years of experience in plant and animal identification in the desert southwest, as well as extensive experience illustrating and interpreting its animal and vegetative communities for the public. Finally, he is no stranger to the vagaries of fieldwork. His resume includes MAPS banding in the Sky Island Region, working for Sky Island Alliance/Wildlands Project under an NSF grant conducting ecological surveys and habitat evaluations, and fieldwork concerning the evolutionary ecology of plant-herbivore parasitoid interactions. His favorite things to are explore the fascinating natural world, speak Spanish with some buddies, and play frisbee with his dogs (the cat doesn't like frisbee).
Phone - (520) 888-8582
Dr. William A. Calder, is a professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, at the University of Arizona, and serves as an academic advisor for the SDCC. His research focuses on migratory birds sizing and energetics, and conservation.
University of Arizona Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Biological Sciences West 110Tucson, AZ 85721E-mail: email@example.com