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Cuatro Ciénegas Biodiversity Research

For decades, generations of researchers at ASU have been drawn to a desert oasis in the Northern part of Mexico. Cuatro Ciénegas is a remarkable ecosystem with hundreds of springs, streams and pools that are home to dozens of species found nowhere else on earth. What began as an interest in a box turtle has now turned into decades of research into the plants, animals, fish, snails and other invertebrates, as well as the microbial life, that populate the Cuatro Ciénegas basin. Now, international research collaborations are thriving and a threatened desert oasis is labeled as a protected area. Learn more about the research here.

ASU Program Owner(s)
James Elser
ASU Regents Professor, School of Life Sciences

Bio: https://webapp4.asu.edu/directory/person/10500