Graduate Students

ben armstrong
Ben Armstrong

Ben Armstrong
benjam1n@nmsu.edu
MS | Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology (Advisor: Colleen Caldwell)
Hometown | : Monte Vista, Colorado
BS | Western Colorado University
MS Thesis Topic | YY-Male Brook Trout as an Eradication Tool of Wild Brook Trout Populations in New Mexico


Kelley Bolard
Kelley Bollard

Kelley Boland
kcboland@nmsu.edu
MS | Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology (Advisor: Martha Desmond)
Hometown | San Diego, CA
BS | California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
MS Thesis Topic | Effect of light pollution on bird mortality on the White Sands Missile Range


Scott Boyle
Scott Boyle

Scott Boyle
sboyle@nmsu.edu
PhD | Biology (Advisor: Dr. James Cain)
Hometown | Littleton, Colorado
BS | Colorado State University
PhD Dissertation Topic | Cause-specific Mortality and Survival of Elk (Cervus canadensis) in the Mexican Wolf Recovery Area in New Mexico and Arizona


Jessica Buskirk
Jessica Buskirk

Jessica Buskirk
jbuskirk@nmsu.edu
MS | Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology (Advisors: Fitsum Abadi Gebreselassie & Matthew Gompper)
Hometown | Seattle Washington
BS | Washington State University
MS Thesis Topic | Ecology of the desert kit fox (Vulpes macrotis) on the White Sands National Park


Jacob Croft
Jacob Croft

Jacob Croft
jrcroft@nmsu.edu
MS Degree Program: Biology - Biotech (Advisor: Elba Serrano, Jiannong Xu & Matthew Gompper)
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
BS: Arizona State University
MS Thesis Topic: Trout interactions with parasitic copepods


Giulio Del Piccolo
Giulio Del Piccolo

Giulio Del Piccolo
giuliodp@nmsu.edu
MS | Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology (Advisor: Zach Klein)
Hometown | Basalt, CO
BS | Colorado State University
MS Thesis Topic | Habitat use, movement, and population dynamics of Chihuahua Chub in the Mimbres River, New Mexico


Jordan Ellison
Jordan Ellison

Jordan Ellison
jte1@nmsu.edu
MS | MS, Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology (Advisors: Martha Desmond and Fitsum Gebreselassie)
Hometown | Los Angeles, California
BA | Los Angeles, California
MS Thesis Topic | Burrowing Owl Translocation
Personal Web Site | https://jellison8640.github.io/site/


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Joanna Raye Ennis

Joanna Raye Ennis
jennis@nmsu.edu
MS | Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Ecology (Advisor: James Cain)
Hometown | Gulf Breeze, Florida
BS | University of Florida
MS Thesis Topic | Identification and characterization of migration routes for mule deer, elk and pronghorn in northern New Mexico


ashley evans
Ashley Evans

Ashley Evans
adevans@nmsu.edu
MS | Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Ecology (Advisor: James Cain)
Hometown | Otisco, New York
BS | Paul Smith's College
MS Thesis Topic | Effects of human recreation on desert bighorn sheep in southwest Colorado


Zack Farley
Zack Farley

Zack Farley
zfarley@nmsu.edu
MS | Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology (Advisor: James Cain)
Hometown | Chicago, USA
BS | University of Vermont
MS Thesis Topic Influence of Mexican gray wolves on elk behavior in relation to maternal investment, multitasking, and predation risk


Kelsie Field
Kelsie Field

Kelsie Field
kelsiefield@gmail.com
MS | Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology (Advisor: Colleen Caldwell)
Hometown: Billings, Montana
BS | University of Montana Western
MS Thesis Topic | Habitat Suitability for Gila chub Reintroduction in the Upper San Francisco River


anthony Granite

Anthony Granite
agranite@nmsu.edu
MS | Plant and Environmental Sciences (Advisors: Wiebke Boeing & Omar Holguin)
Hometown | Las Cruces, NM
BS | Genetics and Biotechnology, New Mexico State University
MS Thesis Topic | Genetically transforming Nannochloropsis to increase polyunsaturated fatty acid content


Stephanie Herbert
Stephanie Herbert

Stephanie Herbert
seherb@nmsu.edu
MS | Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Ecology (Advisor: Jennifer Frey)
Hometown | Livermore, California
BS | University of California, Davis
MS Thesis Topic | Ecology of the Oscura Mountains Colorado Chipmunk


Hailey Jacobson
Hailey Jacobson

Hailey Jacobson
hnj@nmsu.edu
MS | Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology (Advisor: Jennifer Frey)
Hometown | Missoula, Montana
BS | Brown University
MS Thesis Topic | Occupancy analysis on the Organ Mountains Colorado Chipmunk


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Matt Keeling

Matt Keeling
mkeeling@nmsu.edu
MS | Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Ecology (Advisor: James Cain)
Hometown | Baltimore, Maryland
BS | Frostburg State University
MS Thesis Topic | Black bear resource selection: responses to wildfires and forest restoration


Anna Kirby
Anna Kirby

Anna Kirby
akirby16@nmsu.edu
MS | Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology (Advisor: Dr. Matthew Gompper)
Hometown | Brentwood, New Hampshire
BS | Colorado State University
MS Thesis Topic | Eco-epidemiological, population and community ecology implications of RHDV2 emergence in new world lagomorphs


James Lee
James Lee

James Lee
jlee97@nmsu.edu
MS | Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology (Advisor: Abby Lawson)
Hometown | Wading River, New York
BS | State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
MS Thesis Topic | White-tailed Ptarmigan Reintroduction


Sam Martinez
Sam Martinez

Sam Martinez
smarti12@nmsu.edu
MS | Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology (Advisor: James Cain)
Hometown | Albuquerque, New Mexico
BS | New Mexico State University
MS Thesis Topic | Kill Rates and Prey Composition of Mountain Lions and Mexican Wolves


Fiona McKibben
Fiona McKibben

Fiona McKibben
fionamck@nmsu.edu
MS | Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology (Advisor: Jennifer Frey)
Hometown | Washington, USA
BA | New York University
MS Thesis Topic | Habitat selection by the Peñasco least chipmunk


Jim Miazga
Jim Miazga

Jim Miazga
jmiazga@nmsu.edu
MS | Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology (Advisor: Dr. Zach Klein)
Hometown | Middleton, Wisconsin
BS | University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
MS Thesis Topic | Population dynamics and Harvest Regulations of Crappies in Kansas Reservoirs


Michael Miller
Michael Miller

Michael Miller
mwmiller@nmsu.edu
MS | Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology (Advisor: Colleen Caldwell and Zachary Klein)
Hometown | El Jebel, Colorado
BS | Colorado State University
MS Thesis Topic | Population Dynamics and Movement Patterns of YY-male Brook Trout in New Mexico


Mary Mitchell
Mary Mitchell

Mary Mitchell
Marymit@nmsu.edu
MS | Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology (Advisor: Wiebke Boeing)
Hometown | Kremlin, Oklahoma
BS | Langston University
MS Thesis Topic | Reptile metapopulations


Clare OConnell
Clare O'Connell

Clare O'Connell
clareoc@nmsu.edu
MS | Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Ecology (Advisor: Jennifer Frey)
Hometown | East Northport, NY
BS | Humboldt State University
MS Thesis Topic | Multi-scale habitat selection by the Oscura Mountain Colorado Chipmunk


Julia Olson
Julia Olson

Julia Olson
jolson5@nmsu.edu
MS | Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology (Advisor: James Cain)
Hometown | Eau Claire, WI
BS | University of Minnesota- Twin Cities
MS Thesis Topic | Influence of Mexican gray wolf recovery on elk behavior and foraging ecology


Dylan Osterhaus
Dylan Osterhaus

Dylan Osterhaus
dylano@nmsu.edu
PhD | Biology (Advisors: Martha Desmond and Tim Wright)
Hometown | Topeka, Kansas
BS | Emporia State University
MS | Iowa State University
PhD Dissertation Topic | Light pollution and bird migration in the desert southwest


Colton Padilla
Colton Padilla

Colton Padilla
coltonp@nmsu.edu
MS | Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology (Advisors: Matt Gompper and James Cain)
Hometown | Tomé, New Mexico
BS | New Mexico State University
MS Thesis Topic | Effects of Forest Fires on Parasites of New Mexican Wildlife 


ruth passernig
Ruth Passernig

Ruth Passernig
rpass@nmsu.edu
MS | Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Ecology (Advisor: James Cain)
Hometown | Austin, Texas
BS | University of Portland
MS Thesis Topic Mountain lion ecology


Savannah Perez
Savannah Perez

Savannah Perez
srperez@nmsu.edu
MS | Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology (Advisors: Martha Desmond and Fitsum Gebreselassie)
Hometown | San Diego, California
BS | University of California - Santa Barbara
MS Thesis Topic | The effects of Burrowing Owl translocations in Arizona.


caitlin Ruhl
Caitlin Ruhl

Caitlin Ruhl
cqruhl@nmsu.edu, caitlin.ruhl@state.nm.us
MS | Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Ecology (Advisor: James Cain)
Hometown | Santa Fe, New Mexico
BS | University of Wisconsin-Madison
MS Thesis Topic | Improving desert bighorn population estimates using a hybrid model from aerial survey data


Bianca Sicich
Bianca Sicich

Bianca Sicich
bsicich@nmsu.edu
MS | Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology (Advisor: Dr. Martha Desmond and Fitsum Gebreselassie)
Hometown | Austin, Texas
BS | University of Texas at Austin
MS Thesis Topic | Arthropod abundance and habitat characteristics of Pinyon Jay foraging locations in the Lincoln National Forest and surrounding areas


Carleen Silva
Carleen Silva

Carleen Silva
cnsilva@nmsu.edu
PhD | Biology (Advisor: Matthew Gompper and Kathryn Hanley)
Hometown | San Antonio, TX
BS | Iowa State University
PhD Dissertation Topic | Effects of an emerging infectious disease, RHDV2, on lagomorphs at the individual, population and community level


John Smith
John Smith

John Smith
jsmith97@nmsu.edu
MS | Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology (Advisor: Dr. Zach Klein)
Hometown | Emporia, Kansas
BS | Emporia State University
MS Thesis Topic | Sampling designs for the long-term monitoring of lentic and lotic crayfish in Kansas


Cara Thompson
Cara Thompson

Cara J. Thompson
cjthomps@nmsu.edu
MS | Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Ecology (Advisor: James Cain)
Hometown | Littleton, Colorado
BS | Colorado State University
MS Thesis Topic | Influence of Mexican gray wolf on elk resource selection


Jane Trujillo
Jane Trujillo

Jane Trujillo
jftt@nmsu.edu
MS | Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology (Advisor: Colleen Caldwell)
Hometown | Levittown, Pennsylvania
BS | Green Mountain College
MS Thesis Topic | Is Differential Survival of a Rainbow Trout Fishery Driven by Top-down Effects of Predatory Northern Pike or Bottom-up Effects of Limited Food?


Dan Vargo
Dan Vargo

Dan Vargo
djvargo@nmsu.edu
MS | Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Ecology (Advisor: Abby Lawson)
Hometown | Cleveland, Ohio
BS | Cleveland State University
MS Thesis Topic | White Tailed Ptarmigan Population and Reintroduction Ecology


Leah White
Leah White

Leah White
leahw42@nmsu.edu
MS | Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Ecology (Advisor: James Cain)
Hometown | Fayetteville, North Carolina
BS | Appalachian State University
MS Thesis Topic | Impacts of forest restoration treatments, prescribed burns, and wildfire on occupancy of large mammals in the Jemez Mountains