Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology


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 Grad Student Selected to Join Elite Native American Women Warriors

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On March 25, Stephanie Muise, a graduate student in the Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology Department, was inaugurated into the Native American Women Warriors color guard during the 43'rd Annual Denver March Pow wow meeting. The Native American Women Warriors (NAWW) is a color guard made up of all women, Native American Veterans who are selected through a strict application process. Not only must a woman have served in the armed forces to be considered, she must also show that she strives to improve the lives of Veterans and their native communities in their day to day lives. The NAWW has been invited to presidential inaugurations, monument unveiling, as well as significant Native American cultural events across the country, and they serve as ambassadors to the public for women veterans. The Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology Department is very proud of Stephanie (second from right in photo)!

FWCE Professor Emeritus Garners Prestigious Lifetime Award

Sanford D. Schemnitz
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Dr. Sanford D. Schemnitz, Professor Emeritus, Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology is the recipient of the Governor's Conservationist Lifetime Achievement Award. "Sandy," as he is known to friends and colleagues was the first Dept. Head of Fishery and Wildlife Sciences from 1975-1981. He has published over 100 research papers and has held senior Fulbright lectureships in Nepal and Kenya. His research was focused on game birds, and his mentoring of students led to many successful careers in wildlife management, fostering in his students the desire to conserve wildlife for future generations in New Mexico and throughout the country.

An avid outdoorsman and sportman, Sandy has been a member of numerous wildlife organizations, and until recently, was long-time Chair of Southwest Consolidated Sportmen, overseeing the coordination of their annual banquet. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his dedication, and enjoys the respect and admiration of his peers.

(Excerpts from a communique from John Cornell, Co-Chairman, Southwest Consolidated Sportmen.)

Science Article Wins Co-Authors Achievement Award

Kenneth G. Boykin
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Dr. Kenneth G. Boykin, College Associate Professor, FWCE, also on University Staff with the New Mexico Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and his co-authors received Honorable Mention from the EPA's Science and Technological Achievement Award (STAA) program for their 2016 article "A National Approach for Mapping and Quantifying Habitat-based Biodiversity Metrics across Multiple Spatial Scales," published in Ecological Indicators/Special Issue Publication, October 2013, 33:139-147. The STAA awards are an agency-wide program that recognizes the outstanding scientific work of EPA employees who publish their technical work in peer-reviewed literature.

FWCE in Stunning Series of Wins at Annual AZ / NM JAM!

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New Mexico State University - Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology swept the regional 50th Joint Annual Meeting of the AZ/NM Chapters of the American Fisheries Society, the Arizona Wildlife Society, and the New Mexico Wildlife Society held in Farmington, New Mexico (February 9-11, 2017). The Conference started with FWCE undergraduate students (Will Lubenau, Adam Baca, Marcus Montoya, and Joe Youtz) winning the Quiz Bowl. Ian Perkins-Taylor won the Best Student Paper for Wildlife and Damon Peterson won the Best Student Paper for Fisheries. Will Lubenau won the AZ/NM AFS Chapter prestigious Miles McInnis Scholarship and the coveted fly rod in the raffle contest. Matthew Boggie won the 2016 Outstanding Student Award from the NM Wildlife Society for his outstanding contributions to New Mexico wildlife conservation. Susan Bard received a Student Travel Award from NM TWS and Alex Kunkel received second place for Best Student Poster. NMSU FWCE graduate students took away cash prizes from the photo contest: Cody Bear-Sutton received awards for "Best Landscape", "Best Bird", and "Best of Show". Alex Kunkel received an award for "Best Fish" photo, Susan Bard, "Best Mammal" photo, and Sarah Grubel for the "Caught in the Act" photo. Way to go Fish and Wildlife Aggies!


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