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.
Associate Professor Gary W. Roemer coauthors paper in Nature!
Dr. Roemer and his colleagues support the contention that genetic engineering will save endangered species from extinction. Ecology: Gene tweaking for conservation explores the options available through hybridization, transferring of alleles into genomes of threatened populations or incorporation of genes into genomes of a different species, though all three options face challenges, complications and risks. Before these strategies can be applied, consideration must be given to where and how they might fail. For full article, visit Nature.
The Wildlife Society Student Chapter Wins Big at Spring Conclave!
Members of the NMSU Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society attended and competed in the 2013 Western Regional Student Conclave held in Laramie, WY, 15-18 March, along with students from wildlife programs from 14 western U.S. universities. NMSU students were winners of the overall competition and were awarded Best of the West, and placed 2nd in the Quiz Bowl (losing out to Humboldt State University in a rematch). NMSU Students were:
- Tori Barron
- Daniel Bird
- Thomas Lubenau
- Daniel Macias (1st Place, research poster)
- Sarah Moon (2nd Place winner, Fauna Photography, for her owl photograph)
- Tabitha Rossman
- Kim Seitzinger
- Trey Turnbull
The Conclave is one of four held each year, providing college students with valuable hands-on training in wildlife management and conservation, and networking opportunities with wildlife professionals. Activities include field trips, workshops, field competitions, local tours, game-calling competitions, quiz bowls, photography contests, and guest speakers.
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