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Date(s) - 10/11/2019
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Ramada by Wyndham Viscount Suites Tucson East


There is this 52,000-acre piece of ground. With it comes a young man with a big responsibility. He is an army of one. He is the Santa Rita Experimental Range and Wildlife Area Manager. Supplied with some volunteers, he mans the patrol station near Madera Canyon and oversees this diverse land for the University of Arizona.

Brett Blum received a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Conservation and Management from the University of Arizona in 2011. Since 2009, he has worked on a number of projects in the U.S. and abroad that examine the relationship between wildlife and human use of the landscape. He is passionate about teaching and feels privileged to have the opportunity to share with others the same wonder and appreciation he feels for the natural world.

Brett completed his Master’s degree in wildlife biology at the University of Arizona in 2017. His graduate research examined potential behavioral and physiological responses of a recently released population of desert bighorn sheep to human recreation and urban development in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness area north of Tucson. Prior to accepting his current position as Range Manager, Brett was an Assistant Wildlife Biologist for the U of A Cooperative Extension.

His specific research interests include behavioral and movement ecology as they relate to human wildlife interactions and predator-prey dynamics. On a broad scale, he is interested in fostering a regional appreciation of the Sonoran Desert ecosystem through science education and outreach and the facilitation of conservation partnerships between the biological community and regional stakeholders.