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Influence of invasive plants and dune encroachment on White Sands pupfish and burrowing owls on Holloman Airforce Base

The Lost River on White Sands Missile Range and the White Sands National Monument, New Mexico


August 2010 - September 2011


Two species potentially affected by invasive plants on Holloman Airforce Base in the arid Tularosa Basin of New Mexico are the White Sands pupfish (Cyprinodon tularosa) and the western burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia hypugae). White Sands pupfish are federally listed as a species of concern and state listed as threatened in New Mexico (USFWS,; BISON-M, The western burrowing owl is also federally listed as a species of concern (USFWS, and is listed as a species of greatest conservation need in the New Mexico Comprehensive Conservation Wildlife Strategy
(New Mexico Department of Game and Fish 2006). The goal of this research is to characterize the effects of invasive plant species and dune encroachment on these imperiled species.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 144

Post Docs: 55

University Staff: 239

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 670

Scientific Publications: 1897

Presentations: 4202



Funding Agencies

  • Holloman Air Force Base


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey