Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: New Mexico
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

New Mexico Project


Effects of thermal tolerance limits on the distribution of southwest native fishes

November 2008 - August 2011


Personnel

Participating Agencies

  • Science Support Partnership
  • Region II Climate Change Program
  • T&E, Inc.
Matt Zeigler (Graduate Student) deploying temperature datalogger.

This is a joint research project with the Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (Dr. Scott Bonar). The reserach is underway in Dr. Bonar’s thermal testing facility at the University of Arizona. Funding was obtained from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southwest Region for Climate Change to conduct a thorough review of historical and current thermal data for two important watersheds in New Mexico, Comanche Creek and the Pecos River. Further funding was obtained from T&E, Inc to purchase additional dataloggers.

Technical Publications Publication Date
Zeigler, M.P. and C.A. Caldwell. 2010. Evidence of climate change within the current range of Rio Grande cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki virginalis): Comanche and upper Pecos River watersheds of New Mexico. Final Report to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 38 pp. 2010-07-31
Presentations Presentation Date
Zeigler, M. and C.A. Caldwell. 2009. Assessment of the vulnerability of high-value Rio Grande cutthroat trout populations to climate variables. Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout Range-wide Meeting, 8 December. Taos, NM. 2009-12-08
Zeigler, M. and C.A. Caldwell. 2009. Recent climate change within the Pecos and Costilla Creek basins. Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout Work Group Meeting, Santa Fe, NM. 12 November. 2009-11-12