Cathy Marlett, author of Shells on a Desert Shore, grew up in a Seri village in coastal Sonora, Mexico, where her linguist parents worked. Her years of experience with the community, as well as her facility with the Seri language, prompted the publication of years of research. Her beautiful illustrations illuminate the fascinating information she has gathered from years of hearing Seri stories about their seashore homeland.

Experts and aficionados enjoy sharing their  Sea of Cortez enthusiasm and knowledge.

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The Next Generation Sonoran Desert Researchers is a network of individuals and institutions committed to the rich social and ecological landscape that spans the mainland Sonora Desert, the Baja California Peninsula, the Gulf of California, and the US-Mexico borderlands.

CEDO's mission is to empower coastal communities in the Northern Gulf of California region with the knowledge and tools to create sustainable livelihoods that exist in concert with the surrounding natural and multicultural environment.

Rick is an invertebrate zoologist, marine biologist, conservation ecologist, Southwestern naturalist, and desert rat.  He is Executive Director, Emeritus, of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. He is the author of over 160 research publications and 13 books, including the largest-selling text on invertebrate zoology - Invertebrates and the popular field guides Common Intertidal Invertebrates of the Gulf of California, A Seashore Guide to the Northern Gulf of California.