Benjamin T. Wilder

Director, Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill

Dr. Wilder's research is broadly focused in desert ecology and botany. He utilizes multiple approaches and time scales to establish baselines to better understand modern biodiversity and connect science to conservation.

 Since October 2016, Dr. Wilder has been the acting director of the Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill.  He also works with Dr. Christopher Scott in the administration of CAZMEX, the Consortium for Arizona-Mexico Arid Environments.

Dr. Wilder increasingly values the incorporation of diverse perspectives and the powerful results made possible via collaboration. In his role as director of the Next Generation Sonoran Desert Researchers (N-Gen), he strives to create opportunities for collaboration across borders and disciplines and a more holistic understanding and appreciation for the Sonoran Desert.


  • PhD, University of California
  • BS, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona