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The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum will re-open at 11 a.m. today. While the source of water loss is still unknown, water is flowing into, and collecting properly, in the Desert Museum’s reservoir. Food service will be limited to pre-packaged items for the remainder of the day. All other activities are back on the normal schedule. Thank you.


Kimberly A. Franklin, Ph.D.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ,, 520-883-3008


Insect Ecology; Insect taxonomy; Community ecology; Conservation biology; Field research design and implementation; Science education; Natural history of the Sonoran Desert


Ph.D. Insect Science, University of Arizona, 2003-2009
B.A. Biology, New College of Florida, 1996-2001


Conservation Research Scientist, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2011-present

PERT Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Insect Science, University of Arizona, 2009-2012

Adjunct Faculty, Pima Community College, Tucson AZ, 2011

Dissertation, University of Arizona, 2009
"The consequences of buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare) development for biodiversity in the southern Sonoran Desert"

Graduate Research Assistant, University of Arizona Libraries, 2007-2008

Teaching Assistant, Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science, University of Arizona, 2007

Fulbright Scholar, Instituto de Ecología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, 2005-2006

Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, Sonoran Insect Biodiversity Project, University of Arizona, 2003-2005

Rangeland Management Intern, Bureau of Land Management, Taos, NM, 2002

Thesis, Biology, New College of Florida, 2001
"Minilivestock: A study in insect rearing and the determination of the protein contents of two insects, Manduca sexta (L.) and Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith)."


Brusca, R.C., J.F. Wiens, W.M. Meyer, J.A. Eble, K.A. Franklin, J. Overpeck, and W. Moore. In Review. Dramatic response to climate change in the Southwest: Robert Whittaker's 1963 Arizona Mountain Plant Transect Revisited. Global Change Biology

Moore, W. W.M. Meyer, J.A. Eble, K.A. Franklin, J.F. Wiens, and R.C.Brusca. 2012. Introduction to the Arizona Sky Island Arthropod Project: Systematics, Biogeography, Ecology, and Population Genetics of Arthropods of the Madrean Sky Islands. Pp. 140-162 in Gottfried, G.J.; P.F. Ffolliott, B.S. Gebow, and L.G. Eskew, compilers. Merging science and management in a rapidly changing world: biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago III. 2012 RMRS-P-67. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. Fort Collins, CO.

Franklin, K. 2012. The remarkable resilience of ant assemblages following major vegetation change. Biological Conservation. 148:96-105.

Franklin, K. and F. Molina-Freaner. 2010. The consequences of buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare) pasture development for productivity and plant diversity in the drylands of Sonora, Mexico. Conservation Biology 23(6): 1664-1673.

Franklin, K., E. Glenn, K. Lyons, P. Nagler, F. Molina-Freaner, and T. Markow. 2009. Rates of buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare) land conversion in the Plains of Sonora, Mexico. In: Invasive Plants on the Move. Controlling Them in North America. T. Van Devender, J. Espinosa-García, B. Harper-Lore, and T. Hubbard (eds.). Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and National Transportation Agency.

Franklin, K., K. Lyons, P. Nagler, D. Lampkin, F. Molina, E. Glenn, T. Markow, and A. Huete. 2006. Buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare) land conversion and productivity in the Plains of Sonora, Mexico. Biological Conservation 127: 62-71.


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Franklin, K.A., W.M. Meyer, J.A. Eble, R.C. Brusca, W. Moore. 2012. Madrean Conference, Tucson AZ, May 2012 — "Diversity and Composition of Ant and Beetle Assemblages in the Santa Catalinas"

Meyer, W.M., J.A. Eble, K.A. Franklin, P. Marek, G. Hughes, R.C. Brusca, W. Moore. 2012. Madrean Conference, "Do plant biomes along the elevation gradient in the Santa Catalina Mountains harbor unique arthropod communities?"

Moore, W. W.M. Meyer, J.A. Eble, K.A. Franklin, J. Wiens, R.C. Brusca, 2012. Madrean Conference, The Arizona Sky Island Arthropod Project (ASAP): Systematics, Biogeography, Ecology, and Population Genetics of Ground-Dwelling Arthropods"

Buffelgrass Working Group, Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center, August 2010 — "Buffelgrass in Sonora: A Brief History and Impacts on Biodiversity"

Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, August 2010 — "Ants as Bioindicators and the Resiliency of Ant Assemblages in Arid Environments"

Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, August 2009 — "Land Use Change and Productivity-Diversity Relationship in the Drylands of Northern Mexico"

Center for Insect Science, University of Arizona, December 2008 — "Energy, Habitat Complexity, and Ant Diversity in Northern Mexico"