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New Mexico Research Activities

Radiocollared pronghorn on the White Sands Missile Range

Research at the New Mexico Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is geared toward providing practical solutions that are transferable to our Cooperators (New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and New Mexico State University) and other agencies. Unit scientists and affiliated staff meet with resource professionals to discuss management needs. If the Unit cannot provide the expertise to develop and solve management needs, then we engage University faculty, staff and a network of professional colleagues to offer solutions. The Unit scientists address resource issues throughout the arid southwest that span from the southern Rockies to the Chihuahua and Sonoran ecosystems. Research areas of special emphasis include environmental stressors and native fish restoration and management, resource selection and population ecology of game birds and large mammals.

New Mexico Active Projects

New Mexico Completed Projects

New Mexico Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Bard, S.M., and J.W. Cain III. 2020. Investigation of bed and den site selection by American black bears (<i>Ursus americanus</i>) in a landscape impacted by forest restoration treatments and wildfires. Forest Ecology and Management 460 Article 117904.  | Download  | 
  • Bard, S.M., and J.W. Cain III. 2019. Pathogen prevalence in American black bears (Ursus americanus amblyceps) of the Jemez Mountains, New Mexico, USA. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 55:745-754.
  • Roerick, T.M., J.W. Cain III, and J.V. Gedir. 2019. Forest restoration, wildfire and habitat selection by female mule deer. Forest Ecology and Management 447:169-179.
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New Mexico Technical Publications

  • Cain, J.W. III, S. Smythe, M. Peyton, W. Conway, J. Biggs, and G. Roemer. 2018. Southwest Jemez Mountains Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project: Large Mammal Responses to Wildfire and Landscape-Scale Forest Restoration in the Jemez Mountains, New Mexico, Annual Progress Report to the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service.
  • Roemer, G.W., and J.W. Cain III. 2018. An assessment of the landscape genetic structure of the western continental golden eagle population. Project Status Report to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. | Download |
  • Roemer, G.W., and J.W. Cain III. 2018. An assessment of the landscape genetic structure of an urban Cooper’s hawk population. Project Status Report to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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New Mexico Theses and Dissertations

  • Flynn, L. Susceptibility of Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout to Displacement by Non-native Brown Trout. Master of Science Thesis, New Mexico State University.
  • Rossettie, T.S. 2019. Monitoring mountain lions in the desert southwest: Spatial density estimation and results of a novel hair sampling technique. M.S. Thesis, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces. 75pp
  • Wallin, T. Parameters affecting success of Gila trout recovery streams: An in depth analysis of habitat and and community factors on the productivity of Gila trout populations. Master of Science, New Mexico State University.
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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: 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