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Research Corps & Science Summit

A collaborative research program that supports academic institutions and the existing and emerging natural and cultural resource conservation efforts throughout the South Mountain landscape.

The South Mountain Partnership is a network of people and organizations working toward common goals. As such, this program is envisioned as one facilitated by the Partnership and managed by a working committee of stakeholders from throughout the region.

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The summit will feature presentations of important research conducted here in the South Mountain Landscape and will also help define regional research priorities for the next grant cycle. This is also intended to be a gathering where students, faculty, land managers, planners and land use professionals can meet, network, and envision the future of science and research in South Mountain country. Click here to learn more. 

2021 Update: 

2020 Update: Year 1 Pilot Report is now available.

Executive Summary

Full Report

2019 Update: Pilot launched via Inaugural Science Summit.

Event summary

Feature story


The program is comprised of:

  • Biannual Science Summit: Highlights landscape research taking place in the region and builds a network of agencies, property owners, academic institutions, land managers, researchers, and university students who share information, expertise, and resources; connects students to internship and career opportunities.
  • Research Corps: Engages researchers and university students in applied research projects along with land owners or land managers. Supports the existing and emerging natural and cultural resource conservation efforts of land owners and land managers;

2020-2021 Research Interest Form

  • Research Catalog: Gathers and catalogues research that has previously occurred throughout the region and develops a comprehensive understanding of the amount and focus of research being conducted on the South Mountain landscape;

Target Audiences: Land owners (private and public, large and small), land managers (private and public, large and small), academic researchers, university students, conservation organizations, and related partners.

The Partnership's Story
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2020 Research Interests Form
South Mountain Landscape
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