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New Mexico Technical Assistance Activities

Fisheries technical assistance to the Mescalero Apache Tribe, NM, to restore native Rio Grande cutthroat trout to their waters

As part of our mission, each of the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit scientists and affiliated staff routinely provide technical assistance that includes data analysis, in-service training, GIS mapping, technical reviews of agency reports and management plans, captive breeding of imperiled fishes, to consultations of issues of state and regional importance to our cooperators. When Cooperator needs are beyond our area of expertise, we work to engage faculty and staff at NMSU.

New Mexico Unit scientists and affiliated staff serve as advisors to the Committee for Recovery of Rio Grande Silvery Minnow, Work Group for Conservation and Recovery of White Sands Pupfish, Workgroup for Recovery and Restoration of Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout, and the New Mexico Rocky Mountain Foundation Project Advisory Committee just to name a few. The Unit spearheaded the information development and writing of New Mexico’s Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy. The data used to develop the working document is currently housed at the Unit where it undergoes periodic revision to update the State’s most important strategic plan for conservation and planning of species at risk in New Mexico.

New Mexico Technical Assistance

  • James CainHabitat Assessment for Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep--At the request of the Jicarilla Apache Tribe, I conducted a preliminary habitat assessment for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep in an area impacted by wildfires. The tribe wanted to determine if the area was suitable for an introduction of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. (July 2016 - January 2017)
  • Scott CarletonDevelopment of a burn plan on the Weaver Ranch in eastern New Mexico to benefit lesser prairie-chickens (March 2015 - Present)
  • Scott CarletonReintroduction of Fire as a tool to improve lesser prairie-chicken habitat in eastern New Mexico on BLM managed lands (January 2015 - Present)
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New Mexico Professional Service

  • Colleen CaldwellPeer Review Panel, Chair, White Sands Pupfish Listing Investigation via Wildlife Conservation Act (February 2018 - August 2018)
  • Colleen CaldwellReviewed Promotion Packet - Montana State University (November 2011 - December 2011)
  • Colleen CaldwellMember, Research Grade Evaluation Panel, U.S. Geological Survey (October 2011 - November 2011)
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New Mexico University Service

  • James CainChair, Quantitative Ecologist Hiring Committee (August 2015 - May 2016)
  • Colleen CaldwellDepartment Promotion and Tenure Committee (July 2014 - June 2015)
  • Colleen CaldwellAd Hoc Committee for Department Head Search (May 2012 - June 2012)
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 14

Phd Students: 2

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 26

Scientific Publications: 51

Presentations: 138


Contact Us

New Mexico Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Las Cruces, NM 88003-0003 Phone: (575) 646 - 6053 Fax: (575) 646 - 1281 Our University Web Site


  1. New Mexico Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (CWCS)
  2. Early Detection of Invasive Species in Big Bend National

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