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New Mexico Technical Assistance Activities

Fisheries technical assistance to the Mescalero Apache Tribe, NM, to restore native Rio Grande cutthroat trout to their waters

As part of our mission, each of the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit scientists and affiliated staff routinely provide technical assistance that includes data analysis, in-service training, GIS mapping, technical reviews of agency reports and management plans, captive breeding of imperiled fishes, to consultations of issues of state and regional importance to our cooperators. When Cooperator needs are beyond our area of expertise, we work to engage faculty and staff at NMSU.

New Mexico Unit scientists and affiliated staff serve as advisors to the Committee for Recovery of Rio Grande Silvery Minnow, Work Group for Conservation and Recovery of White Sands Pupfish, Workgroup for Recovery and Restoration of Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout, and the New Mexico Rocky Mountain Foundation Project Advisory Committee just to name a few. The Unit spearheaded the information development and writing of New Mexico’s Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy. The data used to develop the working document is currently housed at the Unit where it undergoes periodic revision to update the State’s most important strategic plan for conservation and planning of species at risk in New Mexico.

New Mexico Technical Assistance

  • Colleen CaldwellNatal origin of Largemouth Bass in Elephant Butte Reservoir. Colleen assists NMDGF in the capture of LMB. She removes and prepares otoliths for retrospective chemistry using strontium to determine origin. (September 2019 - Present)
  • Colleen CaldwellChair, Peer-review Panel for White Sands Pupfish status and listing coordinated by New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (February 2018 - Present)
  • James CainHabitat Assessment for Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep--At the request of the Jicarilla Apache Tribe, I conducted a preliminary habitat assessment for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep in an area impacted by wildfires. The tribe wanted to determine if the area was suitable for an introduction of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. (July 2016 - January 2017)
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New Mexico Professional Service

  • Colleen CaldwellFSP Reviewer: TX CFWRU (Influence of temperature on swimming performance of wild Blue Sucker) (September 2019 - September 2019)
  • Colleen CaldwellPrimary Reviewer for Promotion to Full Professor (August 2019 - September 2019)
  • Colleen CaldwellPeer Review Panel, Chair, White Sands Pupfish Listing Investigation via Wildlife Conservation Act (February 2018 - August 2018)
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New Mexico University Service

  • Colleen CaldwellFWCE Department Head Search Committee (August 2018 - March 2019)
  • James CainChair, Quantitative Ecologist Hiring Committee (August 2015 - May 2016)
  • Colleen CaldwellDepartmental Vehicles Committee (August 2014 - 2019)
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 9

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 29

Scientific Publications: 47

Presentations: 129


Contact Us

New Mexico Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Las Cruces, NM 88003-0003 Phone: (575) 646 - 6053 Fax: (575) 646 - 1281 Our University Web Site


  1. New Mexico Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (CWCS)
  2. Early Detection of Invasive Species in Big Bend National

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