STEM, Citizen Science and the Safford BLM Rare Plant Porgram

Program:  STEM, Citizen Science, and the Safford BLM Rare Plant Program: How a Two-Year Community College Provides Critical Information and Support to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

Presenter: Joneen (Jony) Cockman, PhD, BLM Biologist

Dr. Jony Cockman has been working with New Mexico and Arizona flora since 1984. She is currently immersed in riparian habit ecological assessment and restoration work in Eastern Arizona with BLM and is assisted by interns from Eastern Arizona College (EAC).

She will discuss:

  • The grass roots relationship between EAC and BLM and the role of Citizen Science
  • The plant communities and stressors on the resources
  • The joy of hiking and kayaking into wilderness areas with 20-year-olds