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Smell: Creosote

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The desert smells like rain—more precisely, the creosote bush—we'll learn the science of this iconic plant and its traditional uses.

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When that much-anticipated rain finally falls, when the parched earth and plants are siphoning up life-giving moisture, the desert is imbued with a distinctive, transformative smell—a sharp, tangy, and brightly verdant scent that tickles our sinuses and brings great joy to desert dwellers.

So when we say “the desert smells like rain,” what does that mean in science terms as well as cultural terms?

In this workshop we’ll learn from Maegan Lopez, a member of the Tohono O’odham nation and staff at Ha:ṣañ Preparatory and Leadership School and at Mission Garden; Martha Burgess, a Desert Laboratory research associate and professor of Tohono O’odham Ethnobotany at Tohono O'odham Community College; and esteemed scientist Dr. Exequiel Ezcurra of the University of California Riverside.

Dr. Ezcurra will share the natural history of creosote, and the science of the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in that comprise that signature desert smell—and much more.

Maegan and Martha will share Traditional Ecological Knowledge about creosote from the Tohono people, and traditional and modern ways to extract these VOCs and how they are used.

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Refund requests will be accepted up to three days prior to the workshop.

Student discounts (50%) are available; please email Roseann Hanson with details of your school enrollment. [roseannhanson at arizona dot edu]

For more information about the University of Arizona's Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill, please visit our website at http://www.tumamoc.arizona.edu

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