Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology

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Welcome to the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology. We apply traditional and emerging scientific methods to understand the ecology of fish and wildlife and use this knowledge for conservation and management. We strive for excellence in research, teaching and outreach with our efforts focused on the diverse ecosystems of the American Southwest and northern Mexico. Please explore our academic programs and the research that our professors and students are conducting in the field and laboratory.

FWCE Students Compete for Honors at Regional Professional Meeting

Quiz Bowl Winners
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Twenty undergraduate and graduate students from the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Ecology attended the Joint Annual Meeting of the Arizona and New Mexico chapters of the American Fisheries Society and The Wildlife Society held February 1-3, 2018.. The undergraduates included two teams that competed in the Intercollegiate Quiz Bowl, which tests students about their knowledge in the field.

2018 NMSU Quiz Bowl Team
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The underclassman team included Kevin Stewart (captain), Joel Gilb, Gavin Petner, Esperanza Reyes, and Dillon Martinez (alternate); the upperclassman team included Sarah Grubel (captain), Tyler Carter, Wyatt Egelhoff, Ryann Smith, and Curtis Davidson (alternate). The upperclassman team won the event, making it the fourth time NMSU has won top honors over the past five years! Graduate student Matt Gould won the best presentation award for New Mexico and several undergraduates won top honors for categories in the photography contest.

Research of Recent FWCE Grad Gains Spotlight in TWS Article

Ian Perkins-Taylor conducted the study of chipmunks in the Oscura Mountains, Colorado for his Master's Thesis, and earned second place for his student presentation at the 2017 Annual TWS Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In southern New Mexico, a seldom-studied subspecies of chipmunk faces an uncertain future due to the destruction of the high-elevation coniferous woodlands it inhabits. Using camera traps, a recent student research project mapped the distribution of these Oscura Mountains Colorado chipmunks to help inform the population’s monitoring and conservation. See full article below.

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Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology
2980 South Espina, Knox Hall 132
P.O. Box 30003, MSC 4901
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8003
Phone: 575-646-1544
Fax: 575-646-1281