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Dr. Kenneth Boykin

Ken Boykin


  • Ph D New Mexico State University 2006
  • MS Texas Christian University 1992
  • BS New Mexico State University 1990


I am an ecologist with the Center for Applied Spatial Ecology associated with the New Mexico Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (NMCFWRU) and the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology at New Mexico State University.

Research Interests

My research interests included Southwest riparian ecosystems, amphibians and reptiles, and spatial ecology. My work has been focused on deductive and inductive habitat modeling, the ecological role of fire within southwestern ecosystems, desert spring ecology, and projects focusing on ecological context, conservation, ecosystem services, alternative futures, and biodiversity.

Teaching Interests

I am soft-money funded and my focus in on sponsor funded research. However, I also teach various courses such as GIS for Natural Resource Scientists, Herpetology, Principles of Fish and Wildlife Management, and Senior Seminar. I also teach special topics and research problems courses on directed topics such as applied spatial ecology, ecosystem services, and southwestern plant communities.

Professional Society Service

  • The Wildlife Society - Past-President, New Mexico Chapter (February 2013 - February 2014)
  • The Wildlife Society - President, New Mexico Chapter (February 2012 - February 2013)
  • The Wildlife Society - President-Elect, New Mexico Chapter (February 2011 - February 2012)

Research Publications

  • Alvarez, G., E.A.L. Salas, N.M. Harings, and K.G. Boykin. 2017. Projections of future suitable bioclimatic conditions of parthenogenetic whiptails. Climate 2017, 5(2), 34; doi:10.3390/cli5020034

  • Salas, E.A.L., V.A. Seamster, K.G. Boykin, N.M. Harings, and K.W. Dixon. 2017. Modeling the impacts of climate change on Species of Concern (birds) in South Central USA based on bioclimatic variables. 4(2): 358-385 doi: 10.3934/environsci.2017.2.358
  • Salas, E.A., K. Boykin, R. Valdez. 2016. Multispectral and Texture Feature Application in Image-Object Analysis of Summer Vegetation in Eastern Tajikistan Pamirs. Remote Sens. 2016, 8, 78; doi:10.3390/rs8010078
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  • GIS for Natural Resource Scientists (2017)
  • Seminar in Natural Resouce Management (2017)
  • Interdisciplinary Modeling: Water-Related Issues and Changing Climate (2012)
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Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Kenneth BoykinNew Mexico Department of Game and Fish Share With Wildlife Proposal Review Team, Grant Proposal Reviewer ( ( 2009 - 2010)

University Committees and Workgroups

  • Kenneth Boykin• NMSU - College of Agriculture and Home Economics UNO (Uniting NMSU Online) Committee (August 2004 - May 2005)
  • Kenneth BoykinDepartmental Facilities Committee (August 1998 - May 2000)

Technical Publications

  • Salas, E.A.L., V.A. Seamster, N.M. Harings, K.G. Boykin, E. Muldavin, R. McCollough, and K.W. Dixon. 2016. Modeling the Effects of Environmental Change on Crucial Wildlife Habitat. Research Completion Report. Center for Applied Spatial Ecology, New Mexico Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico. 85 pp.
  • Boykin, K.G., N.M. Harings, V.A. Seamster, N. F. East, R. K. Guy, and M. C. Andersen. 2016. Methods for Determining Biodiversity Metrics, Focal Species, and Conservation Practices for Multi-scale Analysis in Support of the Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP): Informing Management for Grazing Lands in the Southwest. Research Completion Report. Center for Applied Spatial Ecology, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico. 93 pp.
  • Harings, N., K. Boykin, V. Seamster. Nicole Haring. 2015. Coordination Act Report for the Sparks Arroyo Flood Control Project, El Paso County, Texas. Technical Assistance Report. New Mexico Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Las Cruces, New Mexico, 113pp
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 141

Post Docs: 56

University Staff: 237

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 670

Scientific Publications: 1888

Presentations: 4154


Contact Information

Tel: (575) 646 - 6303 Personal Web Site:

Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey