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From the Desert to the Sea: Unveiling Arizona’s Oceanic Connection

November 9, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Arizona may be landlocked, but our state’s geography and history are intimately tied to the oceans. In this talk with Dr. Ed Boyer, we will dive deep into the connections between the high desert city of Prescott and the oceanic world of the Gulf of California and beyond.

Dr. Boyer, a seasoned researcher and field course instructor, will share captivating stories from years of field research and teaching experiences, shedding light on the Gulf of California’s unique bioregion and oceanographic features. Moreover, we will unravel the remarkable similarities between the Gulf of California and the Red Sea, demonstrating how learning about one ocean can unlock insights into others around the globe. Ed will draw upon his recent experience with Semester at Sea to provide a broader perspective on the world’s oceans. He will share his observations of the ever-changing “moods” of the ocean, offering a natural history perspective on sea surface conditions and coastal environments.

Join us on a journey that will connect the arid landscapes of Arizona to the depths of the Gulf of California and beyond. Discover how this seemingly distant body of water holds secrets that resonate with our local community in Prescott.

Ed Boyer is Chairman and Director of Environmental Studies and Sustainability Programs at Prescott College in Arizona where he has been a member of the faculty for the past 30 years. Dr. Boyer was the founding director of the college’s field station in Kino Bay, Sonora, Mexico on the Gulf of California, developing a marine studies curriculum, teaching marine biology, and building programs and infrastructure at the field station. He holds degrees from the University of Arizona (Ph.D., 1987, and Masters, 1980, in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), Arizona State University (B.S. in Zoology, 1978), and UCLA (A.S. in Engineering, 1975). His research interests have included the study of the complexity and stability of ecological communities and the factors that impact species diversity; marine mammals, particularly the Gulf of California Vaquita; Intertidal Ecology; and Invertebrate Zoology. Over the past 40 years, he has lead hundreds of field courses and expeditions in the USA and the Gulf of California, Mexico, and Baja California, ranging from weekend field trips to three month long intensive immersive field courses.


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126 N Marina St
Prescott, AZ 86301
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