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Curator and Director

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Sara Fuentes-Soriano, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Animal and Range Sciences, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

Specialty : Brassicaceae - American (Southwestern US and Mexico)

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Vascular Plants

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Donovan Bailey, Ph.D

Associate Professor, Plant Systematics

Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences

Specialty : Brassicaceae, Leucaena (Leguminosae)

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Amy Ganguli, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Range Science

Animal and Range Sciences Department, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

Specialty : Range Plants

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Zachary Rogers, M.S.

Assistant Professor, Botanist

Animal and Range Sciences Department, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

Specialty : plant taxonomy, nomenclature, tropical vascular plants; study groups - Thymelaeaceae, Weinmannia (Cunoniaceae), Garcinia (Clusiaceae), etc.

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Richard Spellenberg, Ph.D.

Emeritus Curator (Volunteer), Plant Systematics

Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences

Specialty : Asteraceae, Nyctagynaceae, Fagaceae (Quercus)

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Kelly Allred, Ph.D.

Emeritus Curator, Plant Systematics

Animal and Range Sciences Department, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

Specialty : Poaceae, range and poisonous plants, Bryophytes

Plant Diversity in Soil Crust

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Nicole Pietrasiak, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Environmental Soil Microbiology

Plant and Environmental Sciences Department, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

Specialty : Biodiversity of soil crust communities

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Herbaria Associates

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Trystan Harpold, Herbarium intern (undergraduate)

Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

Speciality or Interests : Forestry

Herbarium Capstone Project: Revision and update of the Provisional identification key to the Woody Ornamental Plants of the NMSU Campus and Environs by Dr. Kelley Allred (unpublished data), including a reevaluation of the native/exotic status of the approximately 120 included species. Training and skills learned: 1) plant identification, 2) research methods involving physical and electronic resources, 3) vouchering species with photos and herbarium specimen, 4) identification of suitable native plant species that may replace exotic or otherwise unwanted plants currently growing on campus (e.g., more drought tolerant, lower water requirements, cold and CaCO3 tolerant).

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Chloe Battista, Herbarium intern (undergraduate)

Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

Specialty or Interests : threatened & endangered species, ethnobotany

Herbarium Capstone Project: Creation of a seed reference collection based on voucher specimens in the NMC Herbarium from the Bureau of Land Management Seeds of Success Program. Resources in collection include geographic mapping of specimens, taxonomic information, seed images, and complete seed morphological descriptions. Collection to be made available on SEINet and in print. Training and skills: 1) herbarium specimen processing (mounting, data-basing, filing), 2) use of online and printed botanical bibliographic resources, 3) seed morphology terminology, 4) botanical imaging techniques.

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Alex Abair, Master Student, Graduate Assistant, Plant Systematics

Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences

Specialty or Interests : Lamiaceae, Floristics

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Carolyn Gressit, Herbarium volunteer (data-basing, filing, etc.)

Plant enthusiast, President of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico Las Cruces Chapter

Specialty or Interests : plants (and most other living things), music & dance, & hiking.

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Julie Groth-Sorensen, Herbarium volunteer (Specimen data verification, cataloging library materials and creating written protocols for various tasks)

Specialty or Interests : Plant, bird, garden, hiking and cooking enthusiast

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John Freyermuth, Herbarium volunteer (herbarium library)

Membership secretary, Native Plant Society of New Mexico Las Cruces Chapter

Specialty or Interests : 1) Updating and maintaining plant lists for local trails, canyons, and other small natural areas such as wetlands, parks, and monuments; 2) basic plant identification, 3) Ecology & 4) Reading.

Former NMC - In Progress

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Lillis Urban, Ph.D.

Former NMC herbarium Curator

Specialty : Brassicaceae, vascular plants

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Patrick Alexander, Ph.D.

Former NMC herbarium Curator

Speciality : All things plants...

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