The Santa Catalina Mountains are as emblematic in Tucson as the Eiffel Tower is in Paris or Mt. Fuji is in Tokyo. Although Tucsonans look to the range every day, although we depend on it for water, storms, recreation, and scenery, few of us understand the makeup of this great range, its violent background, its role in our history, and the ongoing natural forces that make it an elemental part of our lives. Here, at long last, is a book that opens up this symbol of our lifeblood, that divulges the mountain s secrets for all to understand. --David Yetman: Author, Research Social Scientist, Southwest Center, Tucson; host of the PBS Series: The Desert Speaks
Here is an excellent, comprehensive guide to one of the most popular destinations in Arizona. The book features lists, photos, and guides to the common species but it also focuses on the big picture. Chapters describe the geological and biological histories of the Santa Catalina Mountains, as well as the global geographic context of sky islands. A new interpretive guide to the Mt. Lemmon Highway includes detailed descriptions of ten recommended stops that can make the 25-mile drive truly an educational event. The authors deliver a lot of science in language that is easily comprehensible to nonscientists. --Mark Dimmitt: Ecologist, former Director of Natural History, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
This book provides an amazingly comprehensive (and enjoyable!) guide to the natural world of Tucson s Santa Catalina Mountains and the Southwest Sky Islands. A perfect addition to any family s outdoor-exploration library, it also provides insight into what s at stake for some of our region s ecosystems, plants, and animals as climate change pushes many species up, and even off mountaintops. Read to learn at many levels, read to stoke your inner naturalist, and read to contemplate what we might choose not leave for future generations. --Jonathan Overpeck: Professor and Co-Director, the University of Arizona's Institute of the Environment
About the Author
Richard C. Brusca is a zoologist, marine biologist, conservation ecologist, and Southwest naturalist. He is Executive Director, Emeritus, of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM) and a current Research Scientist at ASDM, the University of Arizona, and the Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo (CIAD), Mexico. Dr. Brusca is the author of 12 books, including the best-selling text on invertebrate zoology Invertebrates and popular field guides to the seashore of the northern Gulf of California. Although he has conducted field expeditions throughout the world, his greatest interests are the Gulf of California and the Sonoran Desert, where he has maintained research programs for more than 40 years.
Wendy Moore is Assistant Professor in the Department of Entomology at the University of Arizona, Curator of the University of Arizona Insect Collection, and a Research Associate at ASDM and at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. She currently heads two long-term multidisciplinary research projects, one based on the evolution of the carabid beetle subfamily, Paussinae (a fascinating group of ground beetles that have formed obligate relationships with ants), and the Arizona Sky Island Arthropod Project, which investigates patterns of arthropod diversity and distribution in the Sky Island Region.