Robert Villa

The Sonoran Desert Toad (Bufo alvarius) & 5-meo-DMT: What You Need to Know

Robert Villa, Herpetologist (Lizard + Amphibian Expert)


Robert is a proud Spanish-speaking Tucsonan deeply in love with the Sonoran region—studying, exploring, and documenting it’s biocultural diversity (often with violin in tow) over 34 years. He’s especially interested in amphibians, reptiles, plants/horticulture, ethnoecology, archaeology, and regional gastronomy.

He has consulted, guided, and assisted in the production of academic and popular literature and film in the Sonoran region. I currently preside Tucson Herpetological Society, assist with ongoing developments at the Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill, am a member of NextGen Sonoran Desert Researchers, and grow plants (the result of an unexpected apprenticeship and friendship under the tutelage of renowned plantsman and ecologist Mark A. Dimmitt in 2011).

He considers himself a follower in the footsteps of Sonoran naturalist explorers such as Howard Scott Gentry, Paul Martin, Charles Lowe, Tom Van Devender, Mark Dimmitt, Richard Felger, and others, documenting and espousing the land where north and south embrace.