Emily Burns, Ph.D., is the Program Director for Sky Island Alliance and leads an integrated conservation science and stewardship program to protect and restore the diversity of life and lands in the mountains of Southern Arizona and Northern Mexico. In spring 2020, she founded a Border Wildlife Study to document threatened wildlife migration routes across the US-Mexico border where wall construction is planned. Previously, Emily was the Science Director for Save the Redwoods League and conducted conservation science in the coast redwood ecosystem for 15 years. Emily received her doctorate in 2010 from the University of California, Berkeley in Integrative Biology and conducted a postdoctoral research on drought tolerance in ferns at the University of California, Santa Cruz where she remains a research associate today. Emily lives in Tucson, AZ with her family that includes four rescued tortoises. 

IDSW Presentation Description:

When the sun sets, a diversity of wildlife roam through the night. Wildlife cameras detect the heat and motion of animals passing by and provide conservation scientists a new window into the nocturnal world of animals. In this talk, we will learn about which species emerge at twilight to forage under the stars through a virtual tour through the saguaro cactus forest of the Sonoran Desert up to the oak woodlands of the sky island mountains that cross the US-Mexico border. From sleek bobcats to grey fox on the prowl, we’ll look at how often mammals in Southern Arizona are active at night.