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New Mexico State University
Office of the Vice President for Research

Environment and Ecology

Faculty in three colleges work on challenges related to environment and ecology. In 2011, NMSU had $16 million in current funding from 44 sponsors in support of ecology and environmental research. Key environmental and ecological research projects include the economic and environmental impacts of climate change on New Mexico; operation of the New Mexico Climate Center; The Southwest Regional Gap Analysis Project, tasked with mapping and assessing the biodiversity of a five-state region in the southwest; a bi-national assessment with Mexico on southwest regional air quality; studies of long-term ecological research sites in the Jornada Experimental Range; processes and patterns in North American monsoons; and research integrating climate science to facilitate decision making and risk mitigation.

Faculty research efforts focus on

  • Terrestrial Ecology: Rangeland, forest and desert ecology; fire ecology; riparian and desert spring ecology; and projects focusing on broad-and-fine scale habitat modeling, conservation planning and assessment, ecosystem services, alternative futures, and biodiversity
  • Aquatic Ecology: Resource management in the American Southwest via limnology, population biology, and management planning; fate, source, and effect of mercury in aquatic systems; and effects of habitat alterations by anthropogenic disturbances
  • Climate Effects: Monitoring, management, and serving climate data; air pollution source attribution studies; use of satellites for detecting and tracking dust plumes; impacts of fire on the suspension and erosion potential of soils; and vertical profiles of atmospheric properties

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