Speaker Series talk with David Gilligan
Cactus Country, Creeks Country, Canyon Country: what we call Arizona today is comprised of three distinct geographic regions that differ remarkably physically, ecologically, and culturally. These regions are the Sonoran Desert, the Mogollon Highlands, and the Colorado Plateau. Join naturalist and explorer David Gilligan for a natural history deep-time-dive into what makes these three places so distinct, including their geologic evolution, biogeography, present-day vegetation, and the movement of cultures through time.
David Gilligan is a professional naturalist, explorer, educator, and writer. He has developed and taught natural history field programs for Prescott College, The Sierra Institute, and Sterling College, and is the author of numerous books and articles including The Secret Sierra, In the Years of the Mountains, Nature, Culture, Consciousness and “The High Country of the Mind”. His academic specialties include vegetation ecology, botany and geology in mountain and desert environments, and nature philosophy. He has trained hundreds of people in expeditionary backpacking, mountaineering, canoeing, and sea kayaking skills necessary for natural history exploration of wild places. David has lived and worked in Arizona, California, and Northern New England, and traveled to mountain environments all over the world.