Benjamin Wilder

Director, AIR Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill

Associate Research Scientist, School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Dr. Wilder's research is broadly focused in desert ecology, botany, and biogeography. He utilizes multiple approaches and time scales to establish baselines to better understand modern biodiversity and connect science to conservation.

Ben is Director of the Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill, Director of CAZMEX, the Consortium for Arizona-Mexico Arid Environments, and Director of the Next Generation Sonoran Desert Researchers (N-Gen).

In these roles, Dr. Wilder increasingly values the incorporation of diverse perspectives and the powerful results made possible via collaboration. He strives to create opportunities for collaboration across borders and disciplines and a more holistic understanding and appreciation for the Sonoran Desert.