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

New Mexico Education Activities


Radio-collared pronghorn antelope on the White Sands Missile Range

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!


Title Instructor(s) Start Date End Date
Wildlife-habitat Relationships Cain 2009-01-21 2009-05-15
Wildlife-habitat Relationships Cain 2019-08-15 2019-12-09
Wildlife-habitat Relationships Cain 2015-08-19 2015-12-11
Wildlife-habitat Relationships Cain 2013-08-21 2013-12-06
Wildlife-habitat Relationships Cain 2011-08-18 2011-12-06
Wildlife Management I Cain 2008-08-23 2008-12-15
Stable Isotope Ecology Carleton 2013-01-14 2013-05-11
Special topics: Local flora Bender 2005-07-01 2005-08-15
Special Topics: Environmental Policy & Management in the Southwest Bender 2004-05-15 2004-06-30
Special Topics- Southwestern Plant Communities Boykin 2010-08-15 2010-12-15
Special Topics – Ecosystem Services Boykin 2010-08-15 2010-12-15
Special Topics (Independent Study) - Southwestern Plant Communities Boykin 2011-01-15 2011-05-15
Special Topics (Independent Study) - Applied Conservation Genetics Boykin 2010-01-15 2010-05-15
Seminar in Natural Resources Management Boykin 2004-01-15 2004-05-15
Seminar in Natural Resouce Management Boykin 2017-08-16 2017-12-08
Quantitative Biology Cain 2010-01-21 2010-05-15
Quantitative Biology Cain 2009-08-23 2009-12-14
Quantitative Biology Cain 2009-01-21 2009-05-15
Quantitative Biology Cain 2008-08-23 2008-12-15
Populations and Resources Cain 2007-01-15 2007-03-15
Population assessment, health, and management Bender 2006-08-10 2006-12-20
Population assessment, health, and management Bender 2005-08-17 2005-12-20
Physiological Ecology Carleton 2014-01-14 2014-05-11
Large Mammal Ecology, Management, and Conservation Cain 2018-08-15 2018-12-03
Large Mammal Ecology, Management, and Conservation Cain 2016-08-17 2016-12-05
Large Mammal Ecology, Management, and Conservation Cain 2014-08-21 2014-12-11
Large Mammal Ecology, Management, and Conservation Cain 2012-08-23 2012-12-14
Interdisciplinary Modeling: Water-Related Issues and Changing Climate Boykin 2012-06-04 2012-06-15
Graduate problems: Condition and productivity of large mammals Bender 2005-08-17 2005-12-20
Graduate problems: Advanced Wildlife Habitat Management Bender 2006-01-14 2006-05-08
Graduate Quantitative Biology Cain 2009-08-23 2009-12-15
Graduate Problems: Wildlife Harvest Analysis Bender 2006-08-10 2006-12-20
Geospatial Mapping Cain 2009-08-23 2009-12-14
Game Bird Ecology and Management Carleton 2015-01-01 2015-05-15
GIS for Natural Resource Scientists Boykin 2017-08-16 2017-12-08
Field Methods for Wildlife and Conservation Cain 2010-01-21 2010-05-15
Environmental Policy and Management in the Southwest Bender 2005-01-10 2005-05-15
Environmental Physiology of Fishes Caldwell 2008-01-18 2008-05-05
Environmental Biology of Fishes Caldwell 2020-01-16 2020-05-16
Environmental Biology of Fishes Caldwell 2018-01-13 2018-05-15
Environmental Biology of Fishes Caldwell 2016-01-13 2016-05-15
Environmental Biology of Fishes Caldwell 2014-01-15 2014-04-15
Environmental Biology of Fishes Caldwell 2010-01-16 2010-05-04
Environmental Biology of Fishes Caldwell 2006-01-14 2006-05-08
Environmental Biology of Fishes Caldwell 2004-01-23 2004-05-14
Environmental Biology of Fishes Caldwell 2002-01-08 2002-05-14
Enivornmental Biology of Fishes Caldwell 2012-01-15 2012-05-15
Aquatic Contaminants and Toxicology Caldwell 2017-01-18 2017-05-12
Aquatic Contaminants and Toxicology Caldwell 2015-01-15 2015-05-12
Aquatic Contaminants and Toxicology Caldwell 2011-01-12 2011-05-04
Aquatic Contaminants and Toxicology Caldwell 2009-01-16 2009-05-08
Aquatic Contaminants and Toxicology Caldwell 2005-01-14 2005-05-06
Aquatic Contaminants and Toxicology Caldwell 2003-01-08 2003-05-09
Aquatic Contaminants and Toxicology Caldwell 2001-01-05 2001-05-16
Advanced Wildlife Management: Mammals Bender 2004-08-15 2004-12-15
Advanced Wildlife Management: Mammals Bender 2003-08-15 2003-12-15
Advanced Wildlife Management: Mammals Bender 2002-08-10 2002-12-20
Advanced Wildlife Management-Mammals Bender 2001-08-13 2001-12-15
Advanced Wildlife Management Bender 2008-08-01 2008-12-20
Advanced Mammalogy Bender 2002-01-10 2002-05-15
Training Provided Instructor(s) Completion Date
UTV Operator Safety Training, Valles Caldera, NM Cain 2019-04-30
Snowmobile Safety Training, Greens Peak, AZ Cain 2020-03-16
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. Caldwell, Sykes 2006-03-19
Provided a 2 day short course to the New Mexico Deaprtment of Game and Fish Commission covering concepts and applications of fish and wildlife management. Bender 2003-09-18
Provided a 1 day workshop on (1) population management of large mammals and (2) habitat management for large mammals for New Mexico department of Game and Fish Bender 2003-04-15
Provided a 1 day training workshop on assessing condition of large herbivores to New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Bender 2002-09-15
Provided a 0.5 day training of the Necropsy-based Fish Health Assessment to the national Wildlife Student Enclave while held at NMSU. Caldwell 2006-10-10
Provided 2.5-day training shortcourse on Communications, New Technology, Ecological Principles, and Social Interface to members of the New Mexico Game Commission and selected representatives of the outdoor/conservation public in New Mexico. Bender, Boykin, Caldwell, Thompson 2002-09-15
New Mexico Wildlife Biologist's Workshop. Provided 1 day workshop on (1) population management and (2) habitat function and management. Bender 2003-04-16
New Mexico Game Commissioners Short Course. Developed and presented a 1-day training short course for members of the New Mexico Game Commission. Technical training included Uses of GIS in Wildlife Management and Wildlife Diseases in New Mexico. Bender 2006-10-01
New Mexico Game Commissioners Short Course. Developed and presented a 1-day training short course for members of the New Mexico Game Commission. Technical training included Uses of GIS in Wildlife Management and Wildlife Diseases in New Mexico. Bender 2005-10-15
New Mexico Game Commissioners Short Course. Developed and presented a 1-day training short course for members of the New Mexico Game Commission. Technical training included Uses of GIS in Wildlife Management and Wildlife Diseases in New Mexico. Bender 2005-10-01
New Mexico Game Commission Shortcourse. Provided a 1 day training session for members of the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Commission on "Fish and Wildlife Management: Conservation in context." Bender 2004-09-22
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Surveys Workshop. Provided 2 training sessions on survey methodologies and aerial sightability models for estimating ungulate populations. Bender 2005-06-15
Necropsy-based fish health assessment Caldwell, Sykes 2001-04-28
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. Cain 2008-07-15
Deer Population Estimation Workshop. Provided 1 day workshop on estimating population size of mule deer. Bender 2004-08-02
Body Condition Assessment Workshop. Provided 1 day workshop on evaluating nutritional condition of harvested ungulates. Bender 2004-01-16
Assisted with a 2-day training shortcourse on Communications, New Technology, Ecological Principles, and Social Interface to members of the New Mexico Game Commission and selected representatives of the outdoor/conservation public in New Mexico. Caldwell, DuBey 2003-09-18
Assisted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with a week long Fish Health Workshop at New Mexico State University. Caldwell 2003-12-12
Application of stable isotopes to fisheries ecology and management Carleton 2012-03-25
Aerial survey training, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Bender 2007-07-02
Aerial survey training, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Bender 2006-07-16
ATV-UTV Operator Safety Training, Magdalena, NM Cain 2019-05-21
ATV-UTV Operator Safety Training, Las Cruces, NM Cain 2019-04-09
ATV-UTV Operator Safety Training, Gallina, NM Cain 2016-07-02
Title and Location Speaker Date
Transport, fate, and effects of mercury in an arid southwestern landscape.
Presented to: Montana State University, Department of Biology, Bozeman, MT.
Caldwell 2007-11-29
Responses of desert bighorn sheep to the removal of anthropogenic water sources
Presented to: University of the Witwatersrand
Cain 2007-02-15
Prioritizing Snake River cutthroat trout conservation in the Jackson Lake watershed
Presented to: University of Wyoming-National Park Service Research Station
Carleton 2012-08-09
Mule deer in the Southwest: Trends in populations and habitat
Presented to: New Mexico Wildlife Federation, Annual Meeting
Bender 2004-04-02
Molecules of Time: Reconstructing the Life History of Fish Using Stable Isotopes
Presented to: New Mexico State University
Carleton 2013-11-10
Limiting factors of desert bighorn sheep and mule deer populations
Presented to: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Upper/Middle Rio Grande Ecosystem Team
Bender 2004-02-19
Influence of interspecific competition and predation risk on multi-scale habitat use of sable antelope
Presented to: Sul Ross State University
Cain 2011-10-14
Habitat management for large mammals in arid and semi-arid ecosystems: consequences of providing water sources for wildlife
Presented to: University of Botswana, Harry Oppenheimer Okavango Research Center
Cain 2008-06-01
Habitat management for large mammals in arid and semi-arid ecosystems: consequences of providing water sources for wildlife
Presented to: Northern Arizona University
Cain 2012-09-05
Habitat and resource partitioning among tall-grass grazers: sable antelope, zebra, and buffalo in Kruger National Park, South Africa
Presented to: New Mexico State University
Cain 2013-01-31
Foraging constraints, diet quality, and condition/productivity of wild large herbivores: quality limited foragers in a quantity driven management paradigm
Presented to: New Mexico State University (Department of Animal and Range Sciences)
Bender 2004-03-03
Fish diversity in New Mexico: Management, conflict and compromise.
Presented to: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Seminar Series, Bozeman Fish Technology Center, Bozeman, MT.
Caldwell 2007-10-03
Feeding ecology of puku and lechwe on the Chobe River floodplains, Botswana
Presented to: Caracal Biodiversity and Environmental Research Center
Cain 2012-07-25
Condition, productivity, and health of large herbivores: causes, implications, & changing landscapes
Presented to: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional (Albuquerque) Seminar Series
Bender 2003-11-15
Condition and productivity of mule deer in New Mexico
Presented to: Dona Ana County Associated Sportsmen
Bender 2004-06-15
Boykin, K.G. November 2007. Habitat Distribution Models for 37 Vertebrate Species in the Mojave Desert Ecoregion of Nevada, Arizona, and Utah.
Presented to: Desert Research Institute Environmental Seminar Series. Reno, NV
Boykin 2007-11-30
Baldwin, R. A., and L. C. Bender. June 2004. The "bear" essentials: insight into the charismatic black bear. Research & Resources Day, Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Colorado, USA.
Presented to: Rocky Mountain National Park
Bender 2004-06-12
Baldwin, R. A. and L. C. Bender. The "bear" essentials: insight into the charismatic black bear.
Presented to: Spring 2004 Lyceum, Rocky Mountain National Park
Bender 2004-05-08
A bioenergetic assessment of seasonal habitat selection by rainbow trout in a southwestern headwater stream
Presented to: New Mexico State University - Department of Biology
Caldwell 2015-04-30
Title Presenter Date
What is the role and responsibility of researchers in assisting state and federal agencies in making informed management decisions? Caldwell 2014-09-09
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Guest Lecture, Youth Forum for the Environment Caldwell 2008-04-19
Transport, Fate and Effects of Contaminants in Aquatic Systems Caldwell 2011-10-13
Mapping Biodiversity Metrics at Regional and National Landscape Scales Boykin 2011-09-09
Landscape Ecology Boykin 2007-04-15
"Perspectives on the Fields of Fisheries and Wildlife: The Career Path of a Fisheries Professional " Caldwell 2019-02-28
Student (Degree) Advisor Start Year End Year
Zummo, Krysten (MS) Carleton 2013 Present
Zeigler, Matthew (MS) Caldwell 2008 2011
Wright, Gregory (MS) Boykin 2008 2011
Wallin, Tyler (MS) Caldwell 2016 2019
Virden, Kevin (MS) Cain 2017 Present
Vasvil, Alexander (MS) Caldwell 2016 2019
Trujillo, Jane (MS) Caldwell 2019 Present
Threadgill, Courtney (MS) Cain 2016 2019
Thompson, Cara (MS) Cain 2018 Present
Tellez, Aracely (MS) Boykin 2016 Present
Strong, Cody (MS) Carleton 2012 2016
Sorensen, Grant (PhD) Cain 2010 2015
Smythe, Sharon (PhD) Cain 2015 Present
Smith, Kathryn (MS) Cain 2009 2011
Smith, Jennifer (PhD) Boykin 2010 2016
Small, Brian (MS) Cain 2013 2015
Slaughter, Christin (PhD) Boykin 2005 Present
Schweiger, Brittany (MS) Cain 2019 Present
Salas, Marcelo (PhD) Carleton 2012 2015
Ruhl, Caitlin (MS) Cain 2016 Present
Rossettie, Tricia (MS) Cain 2016 2019
Rosas-Rosas, Octavio (PhD) Bender 2001 Present
Roerick, Tanya (MS) Cain 2014 2017
Roeder, Brian (MS) Bender 2000 2003
Rodriguez, Ruben (MS) Boykin 2012 2015
Robinson, Quinn (MS) Cain 2010 2013
Roberts, Caleb (MS) Cain 2013 2015
Rivieccio, Marina (MS) Boykin 1998 2000
Reddell, Craig (MS) Cain 2015 2018
Quintana, Nicole (PhD) Cain 2010 2016
Prude, Hunter (MS) Cain 2015 Present
Pollack, Emily (MS) Bender 2005 2007
Pitman, James (MS) Cain 2011 2013
Perkins-Taylor, Ian (MS) Cain 2015 2017
O’Shaughnessy, Ryan (MS) Cain 2007 2010
Overstreet, Matthew (MS) Cain 2011 2014
Overstreet, Matthew (MS) Caldwell 2008 2013
Oakleaf, John (PhD) Cain 2011 Present
Millsap, Brian (PhD) Cain 2012 2018
Miller, Michael (MS) Caldwell 2020 Present
Meyers, Andrew (MS) Carleton 2014 2016
Meliopolus, DeeAnne (MS) Carleton 2014 Present
Martinez, Kailey (MS) Cain 2018 Present
Lusk, Daniel (MS) Carleton 2012 2016
Lopez-Brody, Nathan (MS) Cain 2015 Present
Lomas, Laurie (MS) Bender 2002 Present
Leipold, Elizabeth (MS) Carleton 2015 Present
Lawrence, Andy (PhD) Carleton 2012 Present
Kunkel, Alex (MS) Carleton 2017 Present
Kroll, AJ (MS) Boykin 1998 2000
Kremer, Lauren (MS) Caldwell 2016 2019
Kramer, David (MS) Cain 2010 2012
Kindschuh, Sarah (MS) Cain 2012 2015
Kay, Jacob (MS) Cain 2015 2018
Karsch, Rebekah (MS) Cain 2011 2014
Karish, Talesha (MS) Cain 2015 Present
Kalb, Bradley (MS) Caldwell 2010 2013
Humagain, Kamal (PhD) Cain 2013 2016
Griffin, David (MS) Carleton 2013 2016
Gould, Matthew (PhD) Cain 2011 2019
Goljani, Reza (MS) Cain 2015 2017
Garrison, Kyle (MS) Cain 2012 2014
Galindo, Rene (MS) Caldwell 2008 2012
Forney, Ronny (MS) Cain 2013 2015
Flynn, Lauren (MS) Caldwell 2016 2020
Fitch, Justin (MS) Boykin 2006 2008
Field, Kelsie (MS) Caldwell 2020 Present
Farley, Zack (MS) Cain 2018 Present
Ewald, Megan (MS) Bender 2003 Present
Etchart, Jose (MS) Cain 2015 Present
East, Forrest (MS) Carleton 2012 2016
Davis, Ron (PhD) Bender 2000 Present
Dabengwa, Abraham (MS) Cain 2007 2009
Coxen, Chris (MS) Carleton 2014 Present
Cook, Bethany (PhD) Carleton 2013 Present
Cho, SungJin (MS) Caldwell 2004 2008
Chase, Nathan (MS) Carleton 2012 Present
Chase, Nathan (MS) Caldwell 2011 2014
Campbell, Meredith (MS) Caldwell 2014 2016
Caltrider, Todd (MS) Boykin 2008 2012
Brian, Ramos (PhD) Carleton 2013 Present
Boyle, Scott (PhD) Cain 2018 Present
Boggie, Matthew (PhD) Cain 2014 2018
Boggie, Matthew (PhD) Carleton 2013 Present
Bard, Susan (MS) Cain 2015 2018
Bak, Jason (MS) Boykin 1998 2000
Avery, Mindi (MS) Caldwell 2008 2012
Avendano, Jose (MS) Bender 2003 Present
Ashling, Jana (MS) Cain 2012 2015
Armstrong, Benjamin (MS) Caldwell 2018 Present
Anderson, Michael (MS) Caldwell 2006 2009
Anaya, Arthur (MS) Cain 2015 2019
Alvarez, Guillermo (MS) Caldwell 2013 2015
ANderson, Colleen (MS) Anderson 2006 Present
Lewis, Joseph (MS) Cain 2009 2012