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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.

FWCE Congratulates its Graduating Honor Students!

Plaudits to:

Lindsey Howard, double-majoring in Wildlife Science and Conservation Ecology. Lindsey has received highest honors as a Crimson Scholar, and a Hughes Scholar, with Distinction in University Honors.


Rachel Bean, graduating with honors as a Crimson Scholar with Distinction in University Honors.

NMSU Wildlife Museum and Knox Hall Pond Activity Offer Excitement for El Paso Elementary School Students!

Per Curator Dr. Jennifer Frey, on Friday 6 November approximately 75 students and 15 adults from El Paso's Carlos Rivera Elementary School, visited the NMSU Wildlife Museum. As part of the Wildlife Museum tour, undergraduate students from the NMSU Chapter of the American Fisheries Society demonstrated using seines to capture fish in the Knox Hall pond. The elementary school group also visited the NMSU Arthropod Museum and the Zuhl Library.

Natural Resource Career Track (NRCT) Program Receives $2 Million Grant from the USDA Hispanic Serving Institutions Program!

The NRCT program is led by Martha Desmond in Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology and has co-PIs including David Hacker at New Mexico Highlands University, Berlinda Baca Sanchez with the USDA Forest Service and Rick Tafoya with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service. This program mentors graduate and undergraduate students in natural resource field across our four 4-yr institutions (New Mexico State University, New Mexico Highlands University, Northern New Mexico College and Sul Ross State University) and provides outreach in the form student workshops and articulation agreements to eight southwest community colleges in New Mexico, Texas and Arizona. Annual programs for our students include USDA PATHWAYS workshops and on-site hiring events; summer internships; semester research experiences; local & international field courses; global experiences; travel to professional meetings; faculty & professional mentoring; and student outreach. This program aims to improve student recruitment, retention, academic performance and graduation rates, and increase students seeking graduate degrees and obtaining careers with federal agencies.

Chipmunk Research by Dr. Jennifer Frey, Grad Assistant Ian Taylor-Perkins a Plus for Public Education Program

100 Year Old Mexican Wolf Pelt Donated to Wildlife Museum, per Curator Dr. Jennifer Frey

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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
Email: FWCE@nmsu.edu