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

New Mexico Education Activities


Students having fun while enjoying the landscape in the Southwest

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 Drs. Cain and Lawson 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.


Title Instructor(s) Start Date End Date
Wildlife-habitat Relationships Cain August 2019 December 2019
Wildlife-habitat Relationships Cain August 2015 December 2015
Wildlife-habitat Relationships Cain August 2013 December 2013
Wildlife-habitat Relationships Cain August 2011 December 2011
Wildlife Habitat Relationships Cain August 2021 December 2021
Stable Isotope Ecology Carleton January 2013 May 2013
Special topics: Local flora Bender July 2005 August 2005
Special Topics: Environmental Policy & Management in the Southwest Bender May 2004 June 2004
Population assessment, health, and management Bender August 2006 December 2006
Population assessment, health, and management Bender August 2005 December 2005
Physiological Ecology Carleton January 2014 May 2014
Large Mammal Ecology, Management, and Conservation Cain August 2020 December 2020
Large Mammal Ecology, Management, and Conservation Cain August 2018 December 2018
Large Mammal Ecology, Management, and Conservation Cain August 2016 December 2016
Large Mammal Ecology, Management, and Conservation Cain August 2014 December 2014
Large Mammal Ecology, Management, and Conservation Cain August 2012 December 2012
Graduate problems: Condition and productivity of large mammals Bender August 2005 December 2005
Graduate problems: Advanced Wildlife Habitat Management Bender January 2006 May 2006
Graduate Problems: Wildlife Harvest Analysis Bender August 2006 December 2006
Game Bird Ecology and Management Carleton January 2015 May 2015
Environmental Policy and Management in the Southwest Bender January 2005 May 2005
Environmental Physiology of Fishes Caldwell January 2008 May 2008
Environmental Biology of Fishes Caldwell January 2020 May 2020
Environmental Biology of Fishes Caldwell January 2018 May 2018
Environmental Biology of Fishes Caldwell January 2016 May 2016
Environmental Biology of Fishes Caldwell January 2014 April 2014
Environmental Biology of Fishes Caldwell January 2010 May 2010
Environmental Biology of Fishes Caldwell January 2006 May 2006
Environmental Biology of Fishes Caldwell January 2004 May 2004
Environmental Biology of Fishes Caldwell January 2002 May 2002
Enivornmental Biology of Fishes Caldwell January 2012 May 2012
Aquatic Contaminants and Toxicology Caldwell January 2021 May 2021
Aquatic Contaminants and Toxicology Caldwell January 2017 May 2017
Aquatic Contaminants and Toxicology Caldwell January 2015 May 2015
Aquatic Contaminants and Toxicology Caldwell January 2011 May 2011
Aquatic Contaminants and Toxicology Caldwell January 2009 May 2009
Aquatic Contaminants and Toxicology Caldwell January 2005 May 2005
Aquatic Contaminants and Toxicology Caldwell January 2003 May 2003
Aquatic Contaminants and Toxicology Caldwell January 2001 May 2001
Advanced Wildlife Management: Mammals Bender August 2004 December 2004
Advanced Wildlife Management: Mammals Bender August 2003 December 2003
Advanced Wildlife Management: Mammals Bender August 2002 December 2002
Advanced Wildlife Management-Mammals Bender August 2001 December 2001
Advanced Wildlife Management Bender August 2008 December 2008
Advanced Mammalogy Bender January 2002 May 2002
Training Provided Instructor(s) Completion Date
UTV Operator Safety Training, Valles Caldera, NM Cain April 2019
Snowmobile Safety Training, Greens Peak, AZ Cain March 2020
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 March 2006
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 September 2003
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 April 2003
Provided a 1 day training workshop on assessing condition of large herbivores to New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Bender September 2002
Provided a 0.5 day training of the Necropsy-based Fish Health Assessment to the national Wildlife Student Enclave while held at NMSU. Caldwell October 2006
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 September 2002
New Mexico Wildlife Biologist's Workshop. Provided 1 day workshop on (1) population management and (2) habitat function and management. Bender April 2003
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 October 2006
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 October 2005
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 September 2004
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 June 2005
Necropsy-based fish health assessment Caldwell, Sykes April 2001
Deer Population Estimation Workshop. Provided 1 day workshop on estimating population size of mule deer. Bender August 2004
Body Condition Assessment Workshop. Provided 1 day workshop on evaluating nutritional condition of harvested ungulates. Bender January 2004
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 September 2003
Assisted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with a week long Fish Health Workshop at New Mexico State University. Caldwell December 2003
Application of stable isotopes to fisheries ecology and management Carleton March 2012
Aerial survey training, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Bender July 2007
Aerial survey training, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Bender July 2006
ATV Operator Safety Training, Sipe Wildlife Area, Arizona Cain May 2020
ATV Operator Safety Training, Sipe Wildlife Area, AZ Cain February 2021
ATV Operator Safety Training, Magdalena, New Mexico Cain May 2021
ATV Operator Safety Training, Magdalena, NM Cain May 2019
ATV Operator Safety Training, Las Cruces, New Mexico Cain November 2020
ATV Operator Safety Training, Las Cruces, NM Cain April 2019
ATV Operator Safety Training, Gallina, NM Cain July 2016
ATV Operator Safety Training, Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, CO Cain March 2021
Title and Location Speaker Date
Using Technical Assistance to Maintain and Strengthen Science Partnerships
Presented to: Cooperative Research Units New Scientists Orientation
Caldwell February 2021
Using Technical Assistance to Maintain and Strengthen Science Partnerships
Presented to: Cooperative Research Units New Scientist Orientation
Caldwell, Mitchell, Grand January 2020
Transport, fate, and effects of mercury in an arid southwestern landscape.
Presented to: Montana State University, Department of Biology, Bozeman, MT.
Caldwell November 2007
Prioritizing Snake River cutthroat trout conservation in the Jackson Lake watershed
Presented to: University of Wyoming-National Park Service Research Station
Carleton August 2012
Mule deer in the Southwest: Trends in populations and habitat
Presented to: New Mexico Wildlife Federation, Annual Meeting
Bender April 2004
Molecules of Time: Reconstructing the Life History of Fish Using Stable Isotopes
Presented to: New Mexico State University
Carleton November 2013
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 February 2004
Influence of interspecific competition and predation risk on multi-scale habitat use of sable antelope
Presented to: Sul Ross State University
Cain October 2011
Habitat management for large mammals in arid and semi-arid ecosystems: consequences of providing water sources for wildlife
Presented to: Northern Arizona University
Cain September 2012
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 January 2013
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 March 2004
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 October 2007
Feeding ecology of puku and lechwe on the Chobe River floodplains, Botswana
Presented to: Caracal Biodiversity and Environmental Research Center
Cain July 2012
Condition, productivity, and health of large herbivores: causes, implications, & changing landscapes
Presented to: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional (Albuquerque) Seminar Series
Bender November 2003
Condition and productivity of mule deer in New Mexico
Presented to: Dona Ana County Associated Sportsmen
Bender June 2004
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 June 2004
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 May 2004
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 April 2015
Title Presenter Date
What is the role and responsibility of researchers in assisting state and federal agencies in making informed management decisions? Caldwell September 2014
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Guest Lecture, Youth Forum for the Environment Caldwell April 2008
Transport, Fate and Effects of Contaminants in Aquatic Systems Caldwell October 2011
Species Status Assessments: Applied Population Ecology and Decision Analysis Lawson April 2021
Effects of a Warming Climate in Southwestern Streams: Salmonids have no where to go but up! Caldwell November 2019
"Perspectives on the Fields of Fisheries and Wildlife: The Career Path of a Fisheries Professional " Caldwell February 2019
Student (Degree) Advisor Start Year End Year
Zummo, Krysten (MS) Carleton 2013 Present
Zeigler, Matthew (MS) Caldwell 2008 2011
White, Leah (MS) Cain 2020 Present
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
Strong, Cody (MS) Carleton 2012 2016
Sorensen, Grant (PhD) Cain 2010 2015
Smythe, Sharon (PhD) Cain 2015 Present
Smith, John (MS) Lawson 2021 Present
Small, Brian (MS) Cain 2013 2015
Schweiger, Brittany (MS) Cain 2019 2021
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
Robinson, Quinn (MS) Cain 2010 2013
Roberts, Caleb (MS) Cain 2013 2015
Reddell, Craig (MS) Cain 2015 2018
Quintana, Nicole (PhD) Cain 2010 2016
Prude, Hunter (MS) Cain 2015 2020
Pollack, Emily (MS) Bender 2005 2007
Pitman, James (MS) Cain 2011 2013
Perkins-Taylor, Ian (MS) Cain 2015 2017
Passernig, Ruth (MS) Cain 2020 Present
Overstreet, Matthew (MS) Cain 2011 2014
Overstreet, Matthew (MS) Caldwell 2008 2013
Oakleaf, John (PhD) Cain 2011 Present
O'Connell, Clare (MS) Cain 2020 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 2021
Lomas, Laurie (MS) Bender 2002 Present
Lichwa, Evelyn (MS) Cain 2020 Present
Leipold, Elizabeth (MS) Carleton 2015 Present
Lawrence, Andy (PhD) Carleton 2012 Present
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 2020
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
Field, Kelsie (MS) Caldwell 2020 Present
Farley, Zack (MS) Cain 2018 Present
Ewald, Megan (MS) Bender 2003 Present
Evans, Ashley (MS) Cain 2020 Present
Etchart, Jose (MS) Cain 2015 2021
Ennis, Joanna (MS) Cain 2020 Present
East, Forrest (MS) Carleton 2012 2016
Coxen, Chris (MS) Carleton 2014 Present
Cook, Bethany (PhD) Carleton 2013 Present
Ciocco, Any (MS) Lawson 2021 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
Buskirk, Jessica (MS) Cain 2019 Present
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
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
Keeling, Matthew (MS) Cain 2020 Present