Research Corps Program

Target Audience: 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 program is comprised of:

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.

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;

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.

About the South Mountain Research Corps

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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Research Catalog Information

One goal of the South Mountain Research Corps and Science Summit pilot program is to build a research catalog of previous projects conducted in the South Mountain region. This catalog will serve as inspiration for student researchers and landowners as they consider future projects, as well as improve communication and provide a venue to collaborate among researchers.

The South Mountain Research Catalog is being developed using Zotero, and will later be integrated into the South Mountain Partnership website. Contact us if you would like to provide information about previous work conducted on your land, or by your institution!

photo credit Andrew Gehman 

South Mountain Science Summit

The summit features 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.

Research Awards

The South Mountain Research Corps includes a pilot program with small research awards to support student experiential applied research as well as natural and cultural resource conservation efforts of landowners and land managers throughout the South Mountain region.