Welcome! Our research focuses on the impact of natural disturbances and global environmental change on mesic and arid grassland ecosystems. We are particularly interested in the interactive effects of fire, grazing and drought in mesic grasslands in North America and South Africa, and how rainfall variability, temperature change, and shrub encroachment affect aridland ecosystems in the southwestern US.

Research Day

Another great Research Day in the Biology Department at UNM. Congratulations to Renee Brown for winning best undergraduate poster for her presentation on her Senior Thesis, "Soil Nitrogen Availability Following Rainfall Pulses in a Desert Grassland During the Summer Monsoon." Additional congratulations go to Amy Bennett for her 3rd Place grad student poster, "Examinging Patterns in Precipitation Pulses and Carbon Fluxes." Three cheers for Renee and Amy, and all the other participants.

2015 Sevilleta REU Program - Application Deadline is 10 February 2015

2015 Sevilleta LTER Research Experience for Undergraduates Program

The Sevilleta LTER is seeking applicants for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU).  Application deadline is February 10, 2015.  We are looking for 10 Biology REU and 2 Art in Ecology REU students for the Summer of 2015. 

Congratulate Dr. Matt Petrie!

Matt Petrie successfully defended his dissertation on 12 September 2014. After an excellent presentation to an enthusiastic audience he artfully managed to get his committee members talking to each other rather than asking him hard questions during the closed-door phase of the defense. It was masterful! Fortunately, Matt will stay at UNM through the Fall semester to complete his RA on our EDGE Project, and to finish up some publications. Two of his three chapters are published and the third is already in review.

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