Cooperative Research Units
Education, Research And Technical Assistance For Managing Our Natural Resources
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New Mexico Education Activities

Dr. Tom Stephenson (left) and unit graduate student Matt Overstreet (right) using a portable ultrasound to measure body fat on a female desert bighorn sheep captured on the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona.

As part of our mission, Unit scientists teach graduate level courses, mentor graduate students, offer hands-on experience in the field and in laboratory. The Unit oversees a 2500 sq ft wet laboratory that has been home to over 10 species of fishes. Unit personnel conduct workshops for our cooperators, the University, and the community as a whole. We serve as the Chair and major research advisor on Unit graduate committees and as members of graduate committees throughout NMSU and other universities. By combining teaching, research, and technical assistance, the New Mexico Unit provides students with an opportunity to pursue a graduate degree, but also receive scientific training and extensive hands-on experience.

Students in the New Mexico Unit Program can pursue an M.S. through the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology or a Ph.D. degree through the Departments of Biology and Animal and Range Sciences. Students have the opportunity to design their curricula around their research program. Students with Dr. Caldwell generally obtain degrees focused in fisheries or toxicology. Students with Dr. Cain will obtain degrees focused in areas of wildlife. An Applied Statistics program at NMSU provides a range of statistics classes and an opportunity to obtain a Minor in Statistics.

Check out our course offerings below!

Courses Taught

  • Wildlife-habitat Relationships (James Cain 2019)
  • Large Mammal Ecology, Management, and Conservation (James Cain 2018)
  • Environmental Biology of Fishes What makes a fish, a fish. Course covers physiological basis of fish biology. Students gave me 99% out of 100% approval rating. (Colleen Caldwell 2018)
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Training Offered

  • Developed and taught a workshop on Quantitative Methods for Science Masters Students. Workshop covered principles of research/experimental design, development and testing of research hypotheses, use of the hypothetico-deductive method, and statistical approaches, with an emphasis on the relationships between research hypotheses and experimental design.
    (James Cain July 2008)
  • Provided a 0.5 day training of the Necropsy-based Fish Health Assessment to the national Wildlife Student Enclave while held at NMSU. (Colleen Caldwell October 2006)
  • Provided a 2.0 day workshop on the Use and Application of the Necropsy-based Fish Health and Condition Profile for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. (Colleen Caldwell, Catherine Sykes March 2006)
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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


Featured Student

Hunter Prude
Hunter Prude

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