Research and Conservation
Mark Alan Dimmitt
Mail Address: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
2021 N. Kinney Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85743-8918
B.A., Zoology, Pomona College, Claremont, California, 1967.
M.A., Ecology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1969.
Ph.D., Biology (vertebrate ecology), University of California, Riverside, 1975.
1997-present: Director of Natural History, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona. Responsibilities: Member of Research and Conservation Department which assures the scientific accuracy and quality of ASDM operations; facilitates interdisciplinary communication and fosters ecological focus of exhibits and programs; coordinates on-grounds research; technical editor of ASDM publications (including the website); information resource to staff.
1996-1997: Associate Director of Science, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona.
1979 to 1996: Curator of Botany, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona.
Responsibilities: Design, installation, maintenance, and interpretation of exhibits containing living plants of the Sonoran Desert region. Research in desert ecology and horticulture.
1975-1979: Wildlife Ecologist, Bureau of Land Management (Department of the Interior), Riverside District and California Desert District.
1970-1974 (summers): Dissertation research in southeastern Arizona on ecology of spadefoot toads.
1967-1974: Teaching Assistant (three years) and Teaching Associate (four years) at UCLA and UCR, respectively.
1974-75: Instructor in Biology at Cabrillo College, Aptos, California.
PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS, ACTIVITIES, AND AWARDS:
-Contract from Bureau of Land Management to conduct survey of vegetation and selected faunal species in Ironwood Forest National Monument, 2002-2003.
-Grant from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to study migratory corridors of nectar bats and hummingbirds in Sonora, Mexico, 2000-2001. Included recruitment of rural teachers to help gather data, and an educational workshop certified by the State of Sonora.
- Friend of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America Award, April 1999, for contributions to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and as an author and hybridizer.
-Horticulturist specializing in cultivation of succulents and epiphytes. Breeder of Adenium (Apocynaceae), Trichocereus (Cactaceae), and Tillandsia (Bromeliaceae). More than 50 cultivars named and released. Created 'Desert Museum' hybrid palo verde.
-Manager of Drylands Institute living plant collection, 1991-present.
-Chairman of Conservation Committee, The Bromeliad Society, Inc., 1986-1996. Author of bromeliad culture booklet.
-Member, Board of Directors, Arizona Native Plant Society, 1984-1992.
-Member, Urban Landscape Committee of ANPS (editor of Tree and Accent booklets in Desert Landscaping series , 1989-1996).
-Member of Board of Directors, Tucson Botanical Gardens, 1989-1991.
-Member of Sunset Magazine Desert Garden Panel (provides information and reviews accuracy of gardening articles for desert edition), 1980-1993.
-Member of Executive Committee, Trees For Tucson/Global ReLeaf, 1989-90 (Co-chairman, Tree Selection Subcommittee).
-Cactus and Succulent Society of America Friend Award, 1999.
2005. Dimmitt, Mark A., Thomas R. Van Devender, and John F. Wiens. Extreme Succulent Plant Diversity Near San Ignacio, Baja California Sur. Pp. 246-263 in : Cartron, Jean-Luc E. and G. Ceballos (eds.). Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Conservation in Northern Mexico. Oxford U. Press.2004. Dimmitt, Mark A., John F. Wiens, and Thomas R. Van Devender. Rich Succulent Floras in Central Baja California. Cact. Succ. J. (U.S.) 76(4):185-190. Also a web publication: http://www.desertmuseum.org/programs/succulents.html
2003. Dimmitt, Mark A., and Thomas R. Van Devender. Biological Survey of Ironwood Forest National Monument. Publ. by Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum for Bureau of Land Management.
2001. Adenium culture in hot climates or greenhouses. Asklepios 81:11-16.
2000. Endangered Bromeliaceae. Pp. 609-620 in Benzing, David. Bromeliaceae: Profile of an Adaptive Radiation. Cambridge Press.
2000. Biomes and communities of the Sonoran Desert region. Pp. 3-18 in: Phillips, Steven J. & Patricia W. Comus (eds.). A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert. ASDM Press/University of California Press.
2000. Plant ecology of the Sonoran Desert region. Pp. 129-151 in: Phillips, Steven J. & Patricia W. Comus (eds.). A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert. ASDM Press/University of California Press.
2000. Flowering plants of the Sonoran Desert. Pp. 153-264 in: Phillips, Steven J. & Patricia W. Comus (eds.). A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert. ASDM Press/University of California Press.
2000. Van Devender, T. R. and M. A. Dimmitt. Desert Grasses. Pp. 265-280 in S. J. Phillips and P. W. Comus (eds.), A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert. ASDM Press/University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.
1999. Desert landscaping with exotics. sonorensis 19(1):16-17.
1998. Felger, Richard S. and M. A. Dimmitt. Bromeliaceae. pp. 475-477 in Martin, Paul S., David Yetman, Mark Fishbein, Phil Jenkins, Thomas R. Van Devender, & Rebecca K. Wilson. Gentry's Rio Mayo Plants. The Tropical Deciduous Forest and Environs of Northwest Mexico. U. Arizona Press.
1998. Felger, Richard S. and M. A. Dimmitt. Orchidaceae. pp. 492-498 in Martin, Paul S., David Yetman, Mark Fishbein, Phil Jenkins, Thomas R. Van Devender, & Rebecca K. Wilson. Gentry's Rio Mayo Plants. The Tropical Deciduous Forest and Environs of Northwest Mexico. U. Arizona Press.
1998. Adenium culture: Growing large specimens quickly. Cact. Succ. J. (U.S.) 70(2):59-64.
1998. Plant rehab? sonorensis 18(1):17.
1997. How fast can a saguaro reach maturity? Cact. Succ. J. (U.S.) 69(3):157-158.
1997. Deserts. sonorensis 17(1): 1-3.
1997. How plants cope with the desert climate. sonorensis 17(1):10-11,14.
1996. The genus Adenium in cultivation. Part 6: Selected hybrids. Cact. Succ. J. (U.S.) 68(6):306-310.
1996. The genus Adenium in cultivation. Part 5: Superior cultivars. Cact. Succ. J. (U.S.) 68(5):253-256.
1996. Hanson, Chuck and ----. The genus Adenium (Apocynaceae) in cultivation. Part 4: Adenium arabicum and A. socotranum . Cact. Succ. J. (U.S.) 68(1):24-28.
1996. Rondeau, R. J., T. R. Van Devender, C. D. Bertelsen, P. D. Jenkins, R. K. Van Devender, and M. A. Dimmitt. Flora and vegetation of the Tucson Mountains, Pima County, Arizona. Desert Plants 12:1-48.
1995. Hanson, Chuck and ----. The genus Adenium in cultivation. Part 3: Adenium somalense . Cact. Succ. J. (U.S.) 67(6):349-352.
1995. Control of the giant cactus beetle ( Moneilema gigas ) and other borers in cactus collections. Haseltonia 1995(3):104-109.
1994. Bowers, Janice E. and ----. Flowering phenology of six woody plants in the northern Sonoran Desert. Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 121(3):215-229.
1993. Desert Gardening. sonorensis 13(1):4-9.
1992. Bromeliads: A cultural manual. The Bromeliad Society, Inc. 48 pp, photos. BSI Publications Sales, 29275 N. E. Putnam Rd., Newberg, OR 7132.
1992. Desert Succulents and Accent Plants. Published by the Urban Landscape Committee of the Arizona Native Plant Society. 49 p. booklet. Editor.
1992. A cactus primer for the Sonoran Desert region. sonorensis 12:2-5.
1992. --- and Chuck Hanson. The genus Adenium in cultivation. Part 2: A. swazicum, A. boehmianum , and A. oleifolium . Cact. Succ. J. (U.S.) 64(3):110-111.
1991. Arizona Upland: The land of five seasons. sonorensis 12:2-4.
--- and Chuck Hanson. 1991. The genus Adenium in cultivation. Part 1: A. obesum and A. multiflorum . Cact. Succ. J. (U.S.) 63(5):223-226.
1990. Desert Trees. Published by the Urban Landscape Committee of the Arizona Native Plant Society. 32 p. booklet. Editor.
1990. Artificial pollination of tillandsias. J. Bromel. Soc. 40:72-75, 80.
1990. Growing atmospheric tillandsias from seed. J. Bromel. Soc.40(1):17-20,29-30.
1989. Endangered species: another view. J. Bromel. Soc. 39:150-151, 175.
1989. Landscaping for (and against) wildlife. sonorensis 9(3):7-13.
1988. Lifeblood of the Desert. (One of 6 contributors). sonorensis 9(2):2-19.
1987. Evolutionary theory and its advent (author), AND Evolutionary adaptations of animals and plants (co-author). sonorensis 8(3):2-14.
1987. The hybrid palo verde `Desert Museum': A new, superior tree for desert landscapes. Desert Plants 8(3):99-103.
Foster, Lynne, 1987. Adventuring in the California Desert. The Sierra Club Travel Guide to the Great Basin, Mojave, and Colorado Desert Regions of California. (Dimmitt contributed the chapters "What is a Desert?" and "The Making of Deserts".) Sierra Club Books. 438pp.
1987. The Bromeliad Society, Inc. conservation goals and code of conduct for growers and collectors. J. Bromel. Soc. 37:207-209.
1987. Tillandsia X Houston: A new artificial hybrid. J. Bromel. Soc. 37:162-172.
1985. Intraspecific variation in Tillandsia ; selection of superior forms. J. Bromel. Soc. 35:101-132.
1985. An ecological overview of the Sonoran Desert. Bios 1985:67-74.
1984. Tillandsia culture: Growing large specimens. J. Bromel. Soc. 34(6):245-251.
1984. What makes the desert bloom. Diversion (for Physicians at Leisure) 12:170-173, 296-297.
1983. Exhibiting and interpreting the botanical aspects of the Sonoran Desert ecosystem. (Paper presented to joint symposium of the Association for Zoological Horticulture and the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta. San Diego, California, September 1983.)
Dimmitt, M. A., and M. Bildauer, 1983. Desert wildflowers. diversions (Southern Arizona's Cultural Magazine) 1:18-21.
1982. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Garden 6:4-9.1982. The succulent strategy. sonorensis 4:4-12.
Helms, C. L., (ed.), 1980. The Sonoran Desert. KC Publications. (contributed the material on plants.)
1980. Exploitation of food resources by spadefoot toads ( Scaphiopus ). Copeia 1980:854-862.
1980. Environmental correlates of emergence in spadefoot toads ( Scaphiopus ). J. Herpetol. 14:21-29.