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About the Desert Symposium

The Desert Symposium is a gathering of scientists and lay people interested in the natural history of arid lands. The meeting consists of two days of scientific presentations followed by a two-day field trip. Recent meetings have been held at the Desert Studies Center in Zzyzx, CA, on the edge of Dry Soda Lake, Oral and poster presentations are given, and a keynote lecture is presented. Student papers are judged with the best being awarded prizes, and an annual grant is given to a promising student. Field trips are lead by professional scientists and often require 4WD vehicles. The Desert Symposium and its field trip take place annually, usually in April. Each year the Desert Symposium publishes a proceedings volume including relevant research papers and a field trip guide built around the annual them.

You can download the 2024 volume from this link.

2024 Desert Symposium Field Guide and Proceedings: Get Your Kicks! Trails Across the Mojave. David M. Miller & Stephen M. Rowland, editors

 


 

View northeast from Zzyzx across Soda Lake at rainbow
David Lynch Photo


SHARE YOUR RESEARCH: Original and previously unpublished scientific research papers relating to the Mojave Desert or any subject involving any desert are welcome. All papers submitted will be peer-reviewed for relevance to desert topics and scientific content before acceptance.

TOPICS: geology, biology, botany, ecology, archaeology, hydrology, paleontology, tectonics, climate, history, mining, mineralogy, conservation, desert resource management

History of the Desert Symposium

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