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New Mexico Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

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Native Americans were well established when Europeans of Spanish descent first settled the area nearly 500 years ago. Northern Europeans were last on the scene, arriving in the 1800s. Centuries of cohabitation have resulted in a unique mix of Hispanic, Native American, and Anglo culture, tradition, and resource values in the region. New Mexico in addition to its cultural heritages is unique in its ecological diversity. More than 300 vegetation community associations, more than 700 vertebrate taxa, and innumerable invertebrate and plant taxa have been described for this state whose elevations range from 855 m to 4,010 m. These factors produce an ecologically challenging and exciting area of natural resources research in New Mexico, the Unit's primary area of responsibility. Since its inception in 1989, the New Mexico Research Unit has initiated more than 130 research projects totaling $14 million in financial support from state, federal, university, and private cooperators. The Unit has supported M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs for more than 80 young professionals of which more than 40% are female and about 30% are primarily Hispanic. Other unit products include over 100 peer refereed and peer-reviewed publications and more than 220 technical presentations nationally and internationally.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 9

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 28

Scientific Publications: 48

Presentations: 128

New Mexico Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
  2. New Mexico State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey