Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology

vertebrate specimen
The NMSU Wildlife Museum, housed in Knox Hall, has over 6,000 vertebrate specimens
unique ecosystem
Our research programs use traditional and emerging methods to study the unique ecosystems of New Mexico and the arid Southwest
New Mexico Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
We are the home of the New Mexico Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, the Wildlife Society, and the American Fisheries Society
We sponsor student chapters of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, the Wildlife Society, and the American Fisheries Society
career preparation
The department's undergraduate program prepares you for a career in conservation and management of fish, wildlife, and their habitats
Graduate Program
The department offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Science degree


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.

Wildlife Museum Curator, Dr. Jennifer Frey, Introduces Outreach Education Program

Prestigious Award goes to Professor Emeritus Dr. Raul Valdez

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Congratulations to Research Affiliate Dr. Raul Valdez whose recent book Ecology and Management of Wildlife in Mexico won the Outstanding Book Publication Award from the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society in 2016.

FWCE Students Win Impressive Awards at TWS/AFS JAM!

Approximately 15 undergrads and several graduate students along with Faculty attended the Annual Meeting of the Student Chapters of The Wildlife Society (TWS) and American Fisheries Society (AFS) of NM and AZ, held in Flagstaff the weekend of February 4-6, 2016.

Awards brought kudos for undergrad Jacob Kay who received the Biodiversity Scholarship Award, and to recent graduate student Sarah Kindschuh who received the Outstanding Student Award, both from the New Mexico Chapter of the Wildlife Society!

The AZ/NM American Fisheries Society awarded undergrad Adam Baca and graduate student Meredith Campbell the prestigious Miles McGinnis Award for Excellence. And graduate student Guillermo Alvarez received Best Fisheries Student Paper Award from the AZ/NM Chapter of the American Fisheries Society for the paper titled: CFT Legumine (5% rotenone) effects of tadpole survival and metamorphosis of Chiricahua leopard frog, northern leopard frog, and American Bullfrog.

In addition, presentations were given by undergrad Miranda Butler-Valverde and Ph.D. student Matt Gould. Dr. Gary Roemer moderated a session.

Congratulations all!!

FWCE Grad Student Assists USFWS in Sandhill Crane Study

Matthew Boggie, a grad student with the New Mexico Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in the Dept. of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology is pursuing his graduate studies under Dr. Scott Carleton with a team from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In the accompanying article Matt bands a greater sandhill crane in preparation for release at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico.

FWCE Graduate Student Explores Ground-breaking Research Method

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Meredith Campbell

FWCE Grad Student Meredith Campbell conducted research on hundreds of endangered humpback chubs in the Grand Canyon for nearly two weeks in early Fall accompanied by her Advisor, Dr. Colleen A. Caldwell, Fisheries Biologist (USGS) and Affiliate Professor with FWCE, along with other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees. Campbell is attempting to develop a non-lethal tool for detecting the Asian tapeworm, an invasive parasite affecting many wild fishes in North America, and determine the percentage of the humpback chub population that is infected. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is very interested in Campbell's findings and to use her non-lethal method on captive populations currently in hatcheries, such as the Southwestern Native Aquatic Resources & Recovery Center in Dexter, NM.

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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