The University of Arizona

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


  • Advanced Resource Technology Lab

    The ART lab brings GIS technology to natural resource questions. The Advanced Resource Technology Group (ART) was formed in 1988 with an aim to provide leadership in such areas as GIS institutional development, GIS environmental database design and development, application of cartographic and spatial analysis for agriculture, natural resources, and rural development. Besides using traditional remote sensing and GIS techniques, researchers at ART are developing the next generation of GIS-based modeling and simulation tools including artificial intelligence, intelligent visualization, synthetic environments, and semantic-based data access.

  • Arizona Remote Sensing Center

    The Arizona Remote Sensing Center (ARSC) was established in 1972 and since its inception, ARSC has worked on a wide range of international, national, regional, and local projects in which advanced airborne and satellite remote sensing data and other geospatial information technologies are utilized to help address both fundamental and applied issues in natural resource management. ARSC’s mission is to employ remote sensing and geospatial technologies to solve natural, agricultural, and cultural resource problems in the arid and semi-arid regions of the world. This mission involves both basic and applied research in support of the operational application of geospatial technologies and their extension to stakeholders, the integration of field and remote sensing data and analysis, modeling of coupled human and natural systems, and the deployment of decision support systems.

  • Natural Products Center

    The Natural Products Center (NPC) was set up in 1996 in the former Bioscience Research Facility on Valencia Road. Today NPC is engaged in research on anticancer, anti-HIV, anti-infective, and anti-inflammatory drug discovery from Sonoran desert plants and their associated microorganisms, genetic investigation of natural product biosynthesis in selected microorganisms, commercialization of Hesperaloe fiber, and development of alternate agricultural systems. Most of these projects are targeted for improving the longevity of agriculture in Arizona, the Southwest, and semiarid lands throughout the world and to understand the complex ecology of arid land ecosystems.

  • Santa Rita Experimental Range

    The Santa Rita Experimental Range offers unique opportunities for research, education and outreach. The Santa Rita is critical open space serving a rapidly growing human population and increasingly threatened sensitive and endangered species and ecosystems. Researchers from around the country are drawn to the Santa Rita.

  • V Bar V Ranch

    V Bar V Ranch near Camp Verde, Arizona is owned and operated by UA's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences as a research and extension center addressing environmental, wildlife and domestic livestock issues applicable to ranches in Arizona and throughout the Southwest. The V-V provides a unique combination of research and educational opportunities for sustainable rangeland management. 

  • Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed

    The Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed surrounds the historic city of Tombstone in southern Arizona. The USDA - Agricultural Research Service established the watershed in the 1950s to study floods and the impact of soil and water conservation projects on runoff. At the Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed researchers consider the effects of land use change on hydrological processes.