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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

  • Cain, J.W., III, J.V. Gedir, P.R. Krausman, J.P. Marshal, J.D. Allen, G.C. Duff, B.D. Jansen and J.R. Morgart. 2017. Extreme precipitation variability, forage quality and large herbivore diet selection in arid environments. Oikos 126:1459-1471.  | Download  | 
  • Peterson, D., R.B. Trantham, T.G. Trantham, and C.A. Caldwell. Tagging effects of passive integrated transponder and visual implant elastomer on the small-bodied White Sands pupfish (Cyprinodon tularosa). Journal of Fisheries Research (online publication completed 24 September 2017);  | Abstract | 
  • Huntsman, B.M., Falke, J.A., Savereide, J.W., and K.E. Bennett. 2017. The role of density-dependent and –independent processes in spawning habitat selection by salmon in an Arctic boreal stream network. PLoS ONE 12(5): e0177467.
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New Mexico Technical Publications

  • Roemer, G.W., and J.W. Cain III. 2016. An assessment of the landscape genetic structure of the western continental golden eagle population. Annual Project Status Report to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. | Download |
  • Salas, E.A.L., V.A. Seamster, N.M. Harings, K.G. Boykin, E. Muldavin, R. McCollough, and K.W. Dixon. 2016. Modeling the Effects of Environmental Change on Crucial Wildlife Habitat. Research Completion Report. Center for Applied Spatial Ecology, New Mexico Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico. 85 pp.
  • Reddell, C.D., T.K. Karish, G.W. Roemer, and J.W. Cain III. 2016. Investigations into the control of coyote and feral burro populations on the National Training Center Fort Irwin, California. Annual Progress Report to U.S. Army Construction and Engineering Research Laboratory and Fort Irwin National Training Center. | Download |
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New Mexico Theses and Dissertations

  • Roerick, T.M., 2017. Effects of Forest restoration on habitat selection of female mule deer in the Jemez Mountains, New Mexico. M.S. Thesis. Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces. 143 pp.
  • Campbell, M.C. 2016. Non-lethal detection of Asian fish tapeworm Schyzocotyle acheilognathi infection in humpback chub Gila cypha using a novel molecular screening method. Master of Science, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces.
  • Lusk, D. 2017. Winter Ecology of Lesser Prairie-Chickens in eastern New Mexico. Masters Thesis. New Mexico State University
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 15

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 25

Scientific Publications: 52

Presentations: 161


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