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Annual Desert Symposium

 
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32st Annual Desert Symposium and Field Trip
Symposium: April 20 - 21, 2018 (tentatively)
Field Trip: April 22 - 23, 2018 (tentatively)


California State University Desert Studies Center, Zzyzx, CA

2018 Field Trip Theme:
to be determined

Desert Symposium presentations may be in any area of desert research

Three formats for presentation:
oral presentation with abstract,
poster (abstract optional),
or short paper (no abstract)

We encourage students to present, and compete for the
Adams Best Student Presentation Awards.

Manuscript style can be viewed in the 2016 Symposium volume at
http://nsm.fullerton.edu/dsc/images/DSCdocs/DS_2016_Going_LOCO.pdf
or see Instructions for Authors on the DSC web site.

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Click here to download Desert Symposium Instruction for Authors
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A volume with symposium abstracts and a field trip guide is produced each year, and available at the symposium. Past symposium volumes are available as PDF downloads. Click on any volume(s) of interest below.

1988 Quaternary History of the Manix Fault
1989 The west-central Mojave Desert: Quaternary studies between Kramer and Afton Canyon
1989 Nelson Lake: Important Early Sites
1990 The Mineralogy of the Mohawk Mine 
1990 A Late Pleistocene (Rancholabrean) Fossil Assemblage from the Northwestern Mojave Desert
1991 Crossing the Borders: Quaternary Studies in Eastern California and Southwestern Nevada
1991 The Mojave River Fromation
1992 Deformation associated with the Neogene Eastern California Shear Zone
1992 Old Routes to the Colorado 
1993 Ashes, Faults and Basins
1994 Off Limits in the Mojave Desert
1994 Geological Investigations of an Active Margin
1995 Short Papers in Anthropology and Paleontology
1995 Ancient Surfaces of the East Mojave Desert
1996 Punctuated Chaos in the Northeastern Mojave Desert
1998 Finding Faults in the Mojave
1999 A walk Through Borate
2000 Minerals from the Mojave
2000 Empty Basins, Vanished Lakes
2001 Changing Face
2002 Between the Basins
2003 Lost Lakes
2004 Breaking Up
2005 Old Ores
2006 Making Tracks
2007 Wild, Scenic and Rapid
2008 Trough to Trough
2009 Landscape Evolution At An Active Plate Margin
2010 Overboard in the Mojave: 20 Million Years of Lakes and Wetlands
2011 The Incredible Shrinking Pliocene
2012 Search for the Pliocene: the southern exposures
2013 Raising Questions in the central Mojave Desert
2014 Not a drop left to drink
2015 Mojave Miocene
2016 Going LOCO
     2016 Erratum (p 301)
2017 ECSZ does it

Public Courses at the DSC

The Desert Studies Center hosts several weekend-long in-residence courses on various topics related to the Mojave Desert. Registration for these courses is through the University of California, Riverside Extension, and are available for credit. Registration may be done on line on line, or by calling 951-827-5801. Course fees include two nights’ lodging at the Center, a snack Friday evening, and five meals beginning with breakfast Saturday. Take a look at recent and upcoming courses in this series:

Judith Presch Scholarship

The scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing research in the Mojave Desert. The scholarship is named in memory of Judith A. Presch, Human Resource Specialist, California State University, Fullerton and Desert Studies Center Supporter. Awarded annually to one undergraduate and one graduate student working through the Desert Studies Center, the successful applicants may also have all fees waived for use of the Desert Studies Center facilities for one year. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the Research Award Committee of the California Desert Studies Consortium. Awards will be announced in November. For additional information and application contact the Desert Studies Office at Department of Biological Science, California State University, Fullerton.

Volunteering

The California Desert Studies Consortium welcomes your interest in the volunteer program at the Desert Studies Center. Volunteers are an important part of the activities and programs at the Center. Sharing time, abilities, knowledge, and enthusiasm by working with the staff of the Center ensures a continuing high quality experience for you and our users. Serving as a volunteer is your way of saying thanks and involving your time in an institution whose goals you support.

The work is greatly appreciated by the Center and is both rewarding and fulfilling to the volunteer. Some of the tasks performed by volunteers include long-term data collection on bird species found on the Center’s grounds, working with computer/library cataloging, assisting with maintenance of the facilities’ infrastructure and utilizing personal skills and experience to enhance the user’s experience. Our volunteers form a diverse group of individuals with varying backgrounds. The minimum age is 21; there is no upper limit.

As a Center volunteer, you will be subject to California State University regulations. A volunteer is a person who contributes services for which there is no financial compensation. The services are given on a scheduled basis for assigned projects under the supervision of the Center’s Manager. No evaluation or recommendation, verbal or written, will be provided by the Center.

After completing an application form, a volunteer candidate may be asked to come to the Center for a preliminary interview. Volunteers will furnish references upon request. Volunteers are assigned tasks according to their skills and interests. All tasks are at the direction of the Manager.

All volunteers must submit an application form and sign a CSU Volunteer Identification Form. If you have a résumé available, please attach it to the email that will appear after you click "submit."

Volunteer

Volunteering at the Desert Studies Center The California Desert Studies Consortium welcomes your interest in the volunteer program at the Desert Studies Center. Volunteers are an important part of the activities and programs at the Center. Sharing time, abilities, knowledge, and enthusiasm by working with the staff of the Center ensures a continuing high quality experience for you and our users. Serving as a volunteer is your way of saying thanks and involving your time in an institution whose goals you support.

The work is greatly appreciated by the Center and is both rewarding and fulfilling to the volunteer. Some of the tasks performed by volunteers include long-term data collection on bird species found on the Center’s grounds, working with computer/library cataloging, assisting with maintenance of the facilities’ infrastructure and utilizing personal skills and experience to enhance the user’s experience. Our volunteers form a diverse group of individuals with varying backgrounds. The minimum age is 21; there is no upper limit.

As a Center volunteer, you will be subject to California State University regulations. A volunteer is a person who contributes services for which there is no financial compensation. The services are given on a scheduled basis for assigned projects under the supervision of the Center’s Site Manager. No evaluation or recommendation, verbal or written, will be provided by the Center.

Interviews

After completing an application form, a volunteer candidate may be asked to come to the Center for a preliminary interview. Volunteers will furnish references upon request. Volunteers are assigned tasks according to their skills and interests. All tasks are at the direction of the Site Manager.

Volunteers may be terminated if it is found that there is no longer a need for their services, or if their performance does not meet the requirements of the Site Manager.

Responsibilities

Volunteers are expected to arrive at the agreed upon time. Incoming and outgoing personal telephone calls on the Center’s line must be restricted to emergencies. No property from the Center, including books, shall be removed from the Center.

All volunteers must submit an application form and sign a CSU Volunteer Identification Form. Please click here to fill out an application form.