2016 Projects

New Mexico Highlands

  1. Brown, Eric: Assessing the Adaptive Immunity of the Climate-Sensitive Boreal Toad within a Southern Rocky Mountain Watershed

New Mexico State University

  1. Bard, Susan: Influence of Natural and Anthropogenic Disturbances on Multi-Scale Black Bear Habitat Selection
  2. Doublet, Dejeanne: Assessment of Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) Translocations in the Southwestern United States
  3. Porro, Catie: Impacts of Climate Change on Nest Phenology of the Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)
  4. Rossettie, Tricia: Spatial density estimations of Puma concolor by remote cameras and a novel hair sampling method
  5. Sellers, Scarlett: : Abundance, population structure, and diet of endangered long-nosed bats (Leptonycteris spp.) in New Mexico

Texas Tech University

  1. Smythe, Sharon: Effects of Landscape Forest Restoration on Elk Resource Selection and Calf Survival

University of Arizona

  1. Brocka, Colin: Terrestrial ecology of the Endangered Sonoran Tiger Salamander
  2. Burnett, Alexandra: Effects of Woody Encroachment on Anti-Predator Behavior and Communication
  3. Blais, Brian: What are the spatial and behavioral dynamics in a conservation translocated population? A viability case study for threatened narrow-headed gartersnakes, Thamnophis rufipunctatus

University of New Mexico

  1. Hathaway, Jennifer: Finding clues to how bats acquire their microbiota: A comparison of fungal communities in caves and cave roosting bats in El Malpais National Monument


2015 Projects

Arizona State University

  1. Simpson, Richard: Understanding the diversity in hummingbird coloration and courtship displays

New Mexico State University

  1. Burke, Rachel: Integrating Ground-Validated Distribution Models of Forage Resources with Records of Migratory Nectarivorous Bats (Phyllostomidae: Glossophaginae) to Generate Seasonally Dynamic Distribution Models
  2. Deeley, Sabrina: Diet and habitat use of endangered migratory nectarivorous bats in New Mexico
  3. Porro, Catie: Burrowing Owl Nesting Ecology and Survival in the Face of a Changing Climate
  4. Sutton, Cody Bear: Distribution, Abundance, and Breeding Habitat Requirements of Bendire’s Thrasher (Toxostoma bendirei) in the Southwest

University Of Arizona

  1. Blum, Brett: Assessment of Urban Visitor Use and Recreation on Recently Released Bighorn Sheep in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness Area, Arizona
  2. Doerries, Stephanie: Effects of human activity on the endangered Sonoran pronghorn
  3. La Porte, Ariana: Gray Hawk Population Expansion on the San Pedro River:Habitat, Stress, and Density Dependence
  4. Leary, Heatherlee: Meta-Analyses of Greater Yellowstone Wolf Pack History and Mexican Wolf Pack History

University of Nebraska

  1. Anderson, Brett: Roost Selection of Western Red Bats (Lasiurus blossevillii) in Southern New Mexico

University of New Mexico

  1. Hathaway, Jennifer: Investigating the Bacterial Diversity of New Mexico Lava Caves, with a Focus on Actinobacteria

2014 Projects

New Mexico Highlands University:

  1. McBride, Lisa: Metapopulation Structure of Sympatric Herpetofauna Species in the Mora River Watershed
  2. Vialpando, Calvin: Changes in Herpetofauna Abundance and Richness in the Southern Great Plains in Response to Grazing by Bison and Cattle

New Mexico State University:

  1. Meliopoulos, Deanne:  Impacts of Solar Energy Development on Breeding Birds on the Nutt Grasslands, NM

Northern Arizona University:

  1. McBride, Wendy  and Hansen, Kimberly: Genetic Diversity of the Arizona Endemic, Actaea arizonica (Arizona bugbane): Implications for Conservation and Management

University of Arizona:

  1. Blum, Brett: Assessment of Urban Visitor Use and Recreation on Recently released Bighorn Sheep in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness Area, Arizona
  2. Doerries, Stephanie: Combining Non-Invasive Sampling of Genetics and Physiology for Conservation of the Endangered Sonoran Pronghorn: How do individuals Respond to Environmental Variables?
  3. LaPorte, Ariana: Can Gray Hawks Indicate Desert Riparian Health? Using Top Predator Dynamics to Assess Functionality of an Endangered Ecosystem
  4. McHugh, Laura: Assessment of Raptor Migration Corridors in Arizona's Sky Islands
  5. Veals, Amanda: Do Endangered Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) Mideens Concentrate Resources for Predators
  6. Altemus, Maria: Antelope Jackrabbit (Lepus alleni) Ecology, Landscape Use, and Habitat Affinity 
  7. Derbridge, Jonathan: Usine Stable Isotope Analysis to Examine the Impace of Dietary Overlap Between Endangered and Exotic Tree Squirrels


2013 Projects

New Mexico State University:

  1. Davanon, Kristin: The Effects of Urbanization on State Change Mediated by Predator-Prey Interactions
  2. DeMarco, Jennie: Investigation the Effects of Woody Enroachment on Carbon Loss Through Decomposition in the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Desert
  3. DiAndrea, Victor: Breeding Burrowing Owl Surveys and an Experimental Approach to Attracting Owls to Potential Nest Sites in the Chihuahuan Desert Ecoregion
  4. Hurtado, Gizelle:  Population Assessment and Genetic Diversity of Kangaroo Rats in Urban Areas
  5. Meliopolous, DeeAnne:  Impacts of Solar Energy Development on Breeding Birds on the Nutt Grasslands, NM

University of Arizona:

  1. Altemus, Maria: Antelope Jackrabbit (Lepus alleni) Ecology, Landscape Use, and Habitat Affinity
  2. Derbridge, Jonathan: The Landscape of Invasion: Determining a Territorial Exclusion Zone Enforced by Mount Graham Red Squirrels to Repel Cach Pilferage by Introduced Abert's Squirrels?
  3. Fulgham, Kristin: Assessing Dipodomys spp. Foraging Response in Proximity to a Colony of Reintroduced Black-tailed Prairie Dogs
  4. Kilanowski, Allysa: Settlement of Cliff Chipmunks (Tamias dorsalis) in Fragmented and Degraded Forests of the Sky Islands: What Can Behavioral Phonotypes Tell Us?
  5. McIntyre, Cheryl: Characterizing the Biophysical Drivers of Biological Soil Crust Distribution in the Sonoran Desert
  6. McNeil, Shannon:  Population Genetic Diversity and Structuring of Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  7. Ochoa, Alexander:  Genetic Diversity and Structure of Jaguars (Panthera onca) in Arizona, US and Sonora, Mexico
  8. Zylstra, Erin:  Conserving Amphibians in Mountain canyons of the Desert Southwest
  9. Hale, Sarah: Effects of Reestablishing Black-Tailed Prairie Dog Colonies on Southeastern Arizona Grasslands

University of New Mexico:

  1. Northup, Diana: Investigation of the Microbiome of Vulnerable New Mexico Cave Roosting Bats: Implications for White Nose Syndrome

Western New Mexico University:

  1. Norris, William: The Flora of the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument (Catron Co., NM):Curation of Plant Specimens Collected in 2013

2012  Projects

Arizona State University

  1. Moody, Eric: Fish Community and Physiological Responsed to Phosphorus Availability in Chihuahuan Desert Aquatic Ecosystems (Cuatro Cienegas Basin, Coahuila, Mexico)

New Mexico State University

  1. Karsch, Rebekah: Cause Specific Mortality of Neonatal desert Bighorn Sheep in the Peloncillo     Mountains, New Mexico
  2. Munro, Katherine: Distribution and Habitat Selection of Golden Eages in areas with High Potential for Wind Energy Development
  3. Gould, Matthew: Use of noninvasive genetic analysis to estimate the abundance and density of black bears in New Mexico
  4. Garrison, Kyle: Influence of Livestock Grazing on Desert Bighorn Sheep in Southern New Mexico
  5. Kindschuh, Sarah: Black Bear Feeding on Ungulate Prey in a Multi Predator System:  Using GPS Cluster Analysis to Locate Feeding Sites
  6. Robinson, Quinn: White Sands National Monument:  An investigation of mammalian carnivore occupancy and desnity and investigation of factors driving of carnivore distributional patters

Universidad Autronoma De Chihuahua

  1. Titulaer, Mieke: Winter diet of Grassland birds: which plant species should be promoted in restoration and management to support declining populations of Baird's Sparrow and Grasshopper Sparrow

University of Arizona

  1. Ketcham, Shari: Status of Santa Catalina Gray Squirrels:  Potential Influence of Fire and Introduced Abert's Squirrels

University of Idaho

  1. Lonsinger, Robert:  Conservation Genetics of Kit Foxes:  Comparison of Historical & Contemporary Population Genetics to Evaluate Temporal Changes in Genetic Diversity and Effective Population Size

University of New Mexico:

  1. Northup, Diana: Invetstigation of Microbial Cycling of Nitrogen and Other Nutrients in New Mexico Caves
  2. Ortwerth, Daniel:  Assessing Changes in Riparian Vegetation in the Upper Mimbres Watershed, Southwestern New Mexico
  3. McClean, Bryan: Phylogenetic Constraints on Diverse Ground-Dwelling Sciurid Communities of the American Southwest:  the past as a key to the future

Utah State University

  1. Kuever, Bryan: The Relationship Between Artifical Water Sources and the Ecology and Behavior of Kit Foxes and Coytoes on the US Army Dugway Proving Ground, Utah




  1. Hewins, Daniel B.:  How do microbial processes affect plant litter decomposition drylands?
  2.  Macanowicz, Neeshia:  Relating benthic abundance and diversity to environmental factors in desert sinkholes
  3. Pittman, James: Microhabitat Selection and Survival of Elk Calves in the Blue Range Wolf  Recovery Area
  4. Smith, Jennifer: Habitat and Habits of the Chiuahuan Desert Mud Turtle, Kinosternon hirtipes 


  1. Northup, Diana E.: ”Investigation of Geomyces spp. In New Mexico Caves”


  1.  Floyd, Kevin: The role of roads as barriers to gene flow in lizard populations in southern New Mexico


    • Dillon, Kristen G. & Conway, Courtney J.:  Ecological Causes of Elevational Gradients in Avian Clutch Size
    • Hale, Sarah:  Effects of Reestablishing Black-tailed Prairie Dog Colonies on Southeastern Arizona Grasslands
    • Lester, Michael:  The Effects of Chronic Exposure to Heavy Metal on the Immune Response and Body Condition of Birds in the Santa Cruz Watershed
    • Lundblad, Carl:  Ecological Determinants of Migratory Tendency in Yellow-eyed Juncos
    • Oleson, Brittany & Conway, Courtney J.:  Of Owls and Alfalfa: Why are Burrowing Owls Associated with Agricultural Fields in North America?
    • Posthumus, Erin E.:  Can endangered Mt. Graham red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus grahamensis) influence species diversity?

    2010 PROJECTS



    1. Moeller, Karla:  Life-stage differences in physiology and behavior: How important are juveniles when determining a species” environmental sensitivity?

                    1.  Ryan, Rachael E: Genetic Study of the Scaramento Mountain Checkerspot Butterfly (Euphydryas anicia cloudcrofti): A Species of Greatest Conservation Need.

           1.     Cerro, Ana: Temporal and Spatial Dynamics of Lesser Long-nosed Bats, an Endangered Vertebrate Pollinator 
            2. Chen, Haing Ling: Effects of roads and traffic on movements of the endangered Mt. Graham red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus grahamensis)
           3.       Gray, Katherine Marie: Effects of Buffelgrass invasion on Sonoran Desert Tortoises 
           4.       McDonough, Lisa: Lead Contamination in Southern Arizona Fishes: Its Prevalence, Routes of Exposure, and Movement through an Aquatic Ecosystem

    5. Jessen, Tim: Monitoring Rare and Secretive Mammals: Efficacy and Application of Hair Tube Sampling


    1. Northrup, Diana E.: “Are Visitors to Carlsbad Cavern Changing the Microbal Communities in the Cave Pools?”
    2. Sawyer, Yadeeh E.: Historical and Future Climate Change: Implication for Fragmented Ecosystem Management


    1. Esposito, Gena:  What is the role of habitat isolation and dispersal ability on genetic diversity of aquatic invertebrates in former ranchlands of the northern Chihuahuan Desert?



    1. Pool, Thomas: Native Fish Biogeography in the Bill Williams River: An Opportunity for Strategic Conservation Planning


    1. Kluever, Bryan M.: The Relationship Between Artificial Water Sources and the Ecology and Behavior of Kit Foxes and Coyotes on the U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Utah


    1. History Museum of New Mexico Foundation: Radical Visions/The Enduring Silence

           2 .Neiswenter, Sean A.:  Using Conservation Genetics to Prioritize Management of the Arizona Myotis (Myotis occultus)

    2009 PROJECTS


    1.        Harings, Nicole M.:  Influence of Environmental Factors (pH and UVR) on the Toads Spea multiplicata(Anura: Palobatidae) and Gastrophryne olivacea (Anura: Microbylidae)

    2.       Lonsinger, Robert C.:  The development of habitat and corridor suitability models as a test of landscape connectivity within the Chihuahuan Desert Network

    3.       Ryan, Rachael E: Genetic Study of the Scaramento Mountain Checkerspot Butterfly (Euphydryas anicia cloudcrofti): A Species of Greatest Conservation Need.

    4.       Valdez, Raul: Status of the Neotropical Otter in Southern Tamaulipas, Mexico



    1.        Etzel, Ken:  Importance of Crayfish in the Diet of Nesting Common Black Hawks in the Verde River Drainage, central Arizona

    2.       Palmquist, Emily:  Phylogeny and Evolutionary History of Anticlea vaginata Rydb. (Melanthiaceae): A Hanging Garden Endemic



    1.        Bogan, Michael T. and Lytle, David A.: Regional biogeography and conservation of aquatic animals in relictual tropical spring oases, Sonora, Mexico


    1.        Baker, Kimberly:  Elevation distribution and prevalence of an emerging amphibian disease in the Santa Catalina Mountains

    2.       Decker, Karie:  Effects of Human Recreational Activities on Nesting Success of Red-faced Warblers

    3.       Fontaine, Joseph J.:  The Impacts of Dewatering and Sewage Effluent on a Desert Riparian Ecosystem

    4.       Hellekson, Lyndsay:  Community ecology and conservation of the Narrow-headed Gartersnake (Thamnophis rufipunctatus)



    1.        Floyd, Kevin:  An assessment of the role of roads on population demography and gene flow in lizard populations of the northern Chihuahuan Desert


    2008 PROJECTS


    1.       Stumpf, Katie:  Influence of temperature on incubation behavior of two species of southwestern riparian passerines, Yellow Warblers (Dendroica petechia) and Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)


    1.  Anderson, Mike: Characterizing the impact of livestock and native ungulate grazing on brown trout (salmo trutta) growth, movement, and diet in a high elevation meadow stream

    2.       Bueno-Cabrera, Aaron:  Assessing habitat and landscape connectivity in the Chihuahuan Desert:  a desert and habitat-model based approach to the US_Mexico border

    3.       Mayagoitia, Piedad:  Status of the Neotropical Otter in Southern Tamaulipas 

    4.       Moses, Martin R.:  Modeling with a Keystone Indicator Species: Conservation Implications for Desert Grasslands

    5.       Urban, Lillis:  Distribution  species limits and evolution of endemic Selenia (Brassicaciae) in the Chihuahua Desert

    6.       Whiteman, Kathy:  Xeric adapted trees in mesic landscapes: Patterns of water use and establishment in riparian junipers ( Juiperus Spp.; Family Cupressaceae


    1.       Bogan, Michael T. and Lytle, David A.: Biological inventory of isolated oases in the Sierra El Aguaje, Sonora, Mexico




    1.        Ponce-Guevara, Eduardo:  Effects of Habitat Fragmentation on the North American Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) Populations in an Arid Grassland Ecosystem in Northern Mexico

    2.       Sierra Corona, Rodrigo:  Spatio-Temporal Aspects of Black-tailed Prairie Dog-Beef Cattle Interactions within a Chihuahuan Desert Grassland


    1.        Cudworth, Nichole L.:  Conservation and ecology of the poorly-known endemic Arizona gray squirrel (Sciurus arizonensis)

    2.       Harvey, Tiffany: Extension of habitat model to predict breeding birds on the San Pedro River

    3.       Kirkpatrick, Chris:  Effects of Reserarcher Disturbaance on Nestin Success of Red-faced Warblers: A Species of Conservation Concern

    4.       Wilder, Benjamin T.: Exploration of the Higher Elevations of Isla Tiburon as part of the project: Botanical Diversity of Isla Tiburon and Neighboring Islands, Gulf of California, Mexico



    1.       Bryson, Robert W. Jr.: Historical Demography and Genetic Structure of Slevin’s Bunch Grass Lizard (Sceloporus sleveni) in Southern New Mexico and Arizona

    2.       Neiswenter, Sean A.:  Distribution and phylogeography of silky pocket mice in North American desert grasslands, Perognathus flavus and  Perognathus fasciatus species groups



    1.       Northup, Diana E. :  Characterizing Under Surveyed Microbial Mat Communities in the Lava Tubes of El Malpais National Monument

    2.       Vynne, Stacy:  Assessing Ranchers’ Attitudes Towards Livestock Compensation Programs in the Southwest


    1.      Mata-Silva, Vicente:  Spatial Ecology of the Rock Rattlesnake Crotalus Lepidus in the Northern Chihuahuan Desert     


    2007 PROJECTS


    1. Butterfield, Brad: Influences of established vegetation and climatic factors on 
    growth and survival of Sonoran Desert perennial plant seedlings


    1. Bernal, Melanie: Quality of wooded habitats in eastern New Mexico: Habitat use and foraging behavior of western kingbirds (Tyrannus verticalis) at multiple scales

    2. Marchman, Holly: Landscape effects on abundance and movement of red-tailed 
    (Buteo jamaicensis) and ferruginous (Buteo regalis) hawks in eastern New Mexico

    3. Ramirez, Jennifer E.: Landscape effects on Black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) behavior and conservation


    1. Anderson, Mike: Quantifying the impact of livestock and native ungulate grazing on brown trout growth rate, movement, and diet in a high elevation meadow stream on the Valles Caldera National Preserve

    2. Campanella, Andrea: Demography, Resource Use and Genetic Structure of a Small 
    Mammal Community in the Chihuahuan Desert: a landscape approach

    2. Moses, Martin: Modeling with a Keystone Indicator Species: Conservation 
    Implications for Desert Grasslands

    3. Ruehmann, Megan: The effects of an exotic grass understory, Bromus inermis 
    on avian community composition and Brewer's Sparrow reproduction in the
    sagebrush steppe of Wyoming

    4. Swaim, Kristin: Relating Native Fish Abundance and Condition to Environmental 
    Factors in Sinkholes in New Mexico

    5. Wright, Timothy: Continuing studies of vocal and genetic variation among breeding 
    populations of the endangered thick-billed parrot (Rhynochopsitta pachyrhyncha) in
    the Sierra Madre Occidental, Mexico


    1. Crews, Timothy: Effects of controlled burning and thinning on nitrogen fixation by 
    actinorhizal shrub species in Ponderosa forest of the Arizona highlands

    2. Floyd-Hanna, Lisa: Fire history in old-growth pinon-juniper the Arizona Central 


    1. Flesch, Aaron D.: Population Trends of Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls in 
    Northern Sonora Mexico

    2. Johnson, Glenn: Avian community structure and riparian vegetation along the upper
    San Pedro River in Sonora, Mexico

    3. McDonald, Christopher J.: Can common management techniques restore a semi-arid grassland dominated by the nonnative Lehmann lovegrass?

    4. Pelz-Serrano, Karla: Isolation effects on the conservation and genetic status of the
    Beaver (Castor Canadensis) in two riparian ecosystems in Arizona, U.S., and 
    Sonora, Mexico

    5. Ponce-Guevara, J. Eduardo: Effects of Habitat Fragmentation on the North
    American Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) Populations in an Arid Grassland
    Ecosystem in Northern Mexico

    6. Rosemartin, Alyssa: The Least Tern in Northwestern Sonora: Distribution and 
    Management Implications

    7. Steckler, Sonya E.: Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater abscurus) parasitism of 
    riparian birds in southeastern Arizona: frequency and impacts on reproductive 

    8. Wallace, J. Eric: Baseline Inventory of Amphibians and Chytrid Fungus in a
    Conservation Area of Northeastern Sonora, Mexico


    1. England, Angela E.: Ecological Interactions between Blooming Agave palmeri and 
    Their Animal Visitors in New Mexico

    2. Scherff, Eric J.: Stream Discharge and Riparian Ecosystem Function on the Upper
    Gila River

    3. Van Horn, David: The Effects of Eutrophication on the Structure and Function of 
    Stream Biofilms


    1. Marin, Rebecca A.: Spatio-temporal patterns of vegetation change in a Chihuahuan
    desert mountain Ecosystem Agreement


    1. Norris, William R.: Late Season Floristic Inventory of Riparian Habitats Along the 
    Gila River (NM)


    1. Coffman, John M.: Characterization of Northern Aplomado Falcon Habitat in
    South Texas with Remote Sensing and GIS: A Pilot Study on Land Cover

    2. Sierra-Corona, Rodrigo: Spatio-Temporal Aspects of Black-tailed Prairie Dog -
    Beef Cattle Interactions within a Chihuahuan Desert Grassland Ecosystem

    3. Snyder, Helen A.: Raptor Survey of Cave Creek Canyon, Arizona in the Douglas
    Ranger District, Coronado National Forest

    2006 PROJECTS


    1. Campanella, Andrea: Demography, Resource Use and Genetic Structure of a Small Mammal Community in the Chihuahuan Desert: Feedback Between Rodents and the Dynamics of Grassland-Shrubland Ecotones

    2. Joos, Cara: "Are Shrub Encroached Grasslands Sub-optimal Habitat for Black-throated Sparrows?"

    3. Jungels, Jeremy: "Habitat Barriers to Dispersal and Gene Flow in the Mountain Tree Frog (Hyla wrightorum)"

    4. Lonsinger, Robert C.: Assessing habitat suitability for ht black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes) by coupling demographic and bioenergetic approaches

    5. Moses, Martin: "Modeling with a Keystone Indicator Species: Conservation Implications for Semi-Arid Grasslands"

    6. McShane, Ryan R.: Effects of a non-native fish in refugia in an intermittent stream

    7. Muldoon, Ariel: Movements of Nonnative Fish Species in Peralta Irrigation Drain, New Mexico: Permanent Habitat or Temporary Home Range?

    8. Wampler, Christina R.: Carnivore community structure, habitat use, and predation probabilities in a southwestern sky island system managed for fire prevention

    9. Wright, Timothy: Vocal and genetic variation among breeding populations of the endangered thick-billed parrot (Rhynchopsitta pachyrhyncha) in the Sierra Madre Occidental, Mexico


    1. Govedich, Fredric R.: Leeches of the Southwestern United States: An 
    understudied group with much to offer

    2. Shofer, Justin: Home Range Movement Patterns and Natural History Observation 
    of Arizona Black Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus cerbrus) near Flagstaff, Arizona


    1. Brewer, Lisa: Movements of Harris' hawks in winter and risk of electrocution

    2. Browning, Dawn M.: Livestock grazing and brush management: Impacts on spatial 
    and temporal dynamics of velvet mesquite (Prosopis velutina) in southeastern
    Arizona, 1936 to 2005

    3. Dee, Anthony: Genetic Diversity in the Flat-tailed Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma 

    4. Flesch, Aaron D.: Distribution and Abundance of Birds in Sonora, Mexico: 
    Identification and Inventory of Important Bird Areas

    5. Fornander, David E.: Biological inventory of the Rio Mayo, Sonora and Chihuahua 

    6. O'Brien, Chris: Parasites and People: Do Patterns of Human Recreation Affect 
    Spatial Patterns of Infection?

    7. Pelz-Serrano, Karla: Conservation and Effects of Beaver (Castor Canadensis) on a 
    desert riparian ecosystem, along the San Pedro River, Arizona and Sonora

    8. Rheude, Margaret Greenlee: Dispersal and Movement Pattern of Mesocarnivores in a Fragmented Landscape.

    9. Zylstra, Erin: Evaluating Monitoring Strategies for the Sonoran Desert Tortoise in 
    Saguaro National Park


    1. Cartron, Jean-Luc E.: Black-tailed Prairie Dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus) and Cattle
    Tanks as Potential Determining Factors in the Nesting Distribution and Nesting 
    Success of Raptor in Northwestern Chihuahua

    2. Crawford, Dolly L.: Phylogeography and phylogenetics of the long-tailed vole,
    Microtus longicaudus, in North America: conservation in a vanishing landscape.


    1. Rivera-Tellez, Emmanuel: Activity patterns and population dynamics of
    prairie dogs Cynomys ludovicianus in Janos, Chihuahua


    1. Meik, Jesse M.: Species boundaries and molecular systematics of the speckled 
    Rattlesnake, Crotalus mitchellii, species complex


    1. Hendrickson, Dean A.: Endangered Rio Salado darter conservation status survey
    and assessment of habitat restoration potential, Coahuila, Mexico


    1. Guerrero, Rebeca Alejandra: Assessment of Cyanobacteria Diversity Associated 
    With Biological Soil Crusts in Northern Chihuahuan Desert


    1. Fugagli, Carol and Mike: Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship 2006

    2. Martin, Robert: Survey for sand dune lizard, Sceloporus arenicolus, on the Black 
    Hills Prairie Chicken Area and Weaver Ranch, Roosevelt County, New Mexico

    3. Tonne, Phil: Sacramento Prickly Poppy Conservation (NM)#2005-0011-005

    2005 PROJECTS


    1. Boeing, Wiebke: Temperature Effects on Larval Development Rate and Survival of Endangered Rio Grande Silvery Minnow

    2. Coleman, Stephanie: Post-wildfire Effects of Gila Trout Populations and Their 

    3. Facka, Aaron N: Resources, reproduction, and region: Effects on black-tailed
    prairie dog population dynamics in the Chihuahuan Desert

    4. Mathis, Verity L: Conservation genetics of banner- tailed kangaroo rats (Dipodomys spectabilis): a molecular ecology perspective

    5. Vuong, Holly B: West Nile Virus in southern New Mexico: Ecological 
    Associations in an Arid Environment

    6. Whiteman, Kathy: Xeric adapted trees in mesic landscapes: Patterns of water use 
    And establishment in riparian junipers (Juniperus spp.; Family Cupressaceae)


    1. Reed, Sarah: Forest restoration treatment effects on Western Bluebird home range size, habitat selection and nest success


    1. Browning, Dawn M: Landscape analysis of spatial and temporal dynamics of velvet mesquite (Prosopis velutina) in southeastern Arizona from 1936 to present

    2. Carrillo, Samia: Conservation genetics of Jaguars (Panthera onca)

    3. Flesch, Aaron D: Population Trends of Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls in Northern Sonora Mexico

    4. Geiger, Erika: Using Remote Sensing to Monitor Woody and Herbaceous Green Biomass in Semairid Environments of Southern Arizona
    5. Johnson, Glenn: Investigating the Effects of re-introduced Beaver (Castor canadensis) on avian community dynamics along the San Pedro River, Arizona

    6. Kluever, Bryan: The Effects of Carnivore Presence, With an Emphasis On Wolves, On Cattle Foraging Behavior In Eastern Arizona

    7. Macias-Duarte, Alberto: Changes in Migratory Behavior as a Possible Explanation for Population Declines of Burrowing Owls in Northern Latitudes

    8. O'Brien, Chris: Biological Inventory of a river unknown: Flora and fauna of Rio Aros, Sonora, Mexico

    9. Ramos-Lara, Nicolas: Ecology of the endemic Mearn's Squirrel, Tamiasciurus mearns, in the Sierra Pedro Mártir, Baja, California

    10. Rhuede, Margaret Greenlee: Barriers or Byways? Effect of Roads on white- 
    coati (Nasua narica) daily movement and deispersal patterns

    11. Sester, Kirk: Life history traits of Crotalus polystictus; a long-term, mark-recapture study

    12. Smith, Jeffery: Health of Free-ranging Gila Monsters (Heloderma suspectum) and Pathogenicity of Oral and Cloacal Bacteria

    13. Wallace, J. Eric: Effects of Fire on Leopard Frogs and Aquatic Environments in the Santa Catalina and Rincon Mountains

    14. Wilson, Ryan R: Acativity Budgets of Sonoran Pronghorn (Antilocapra americana sonoriensis) in the United States


    1. Mociño Deloya, Estrella: Diet of Crotalus polystictus (Mexican Lance-headed 
    Rattlesnake) Inhabiting agriculture lands in the Mexican state of México

    University of New Mexico

    1. Barnes, Melanie: The genetics of restoration

    2. Bateman, Heather: Consequences of restoration activity: Herpetofaunal 
    responses to exotic plant and fuels removal along the Middle Rio Grande, New 

    3. Calabrese, Laura: Restoration of degraded Chihuahuan desert grassland in the
    southwestern United States

    4. Edelman, Andrew: Temporal variations in banner-tailed kangaroo rat (Diapodomys spectabilis) mounds

    5. Friggens, Mike T. Reestablishment of Gunnison's prairie dogs (Cynomys
    gunnisoni) to the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge

    6. Northrup, Diana E: Bacteria as Indicators of Human Impact in Caves

    7. Pershall, Alaina: Quantifying the importance of seasonal resource pulses in a 
    food web and the influence of these pulses on consumer population dynamics

    8. Peters, Maureen B: Genetic Variation in the Endangered Gila Trout

    9. Tonne, Phil: Methods of Breaking Seed Dormancy in the Endangered Species 
    Argemone pleiacantha ssp. pinnatisecta (Sacramento prickly poppy)


    1. Cummer, Michelle R: Prevalence of Amphibian Disease in the Jemez Mountains 
    Salamander (Plethodon neomexicanus) and Other Sympatric Amphibians in the 
    Jemez Mountains of North Central New Mexico, USA


    1. Meik, Jesse M: Evolutionary ecology of insular populations of the speckled
    rattlesnake, Crotalus mitchellii, from the Sea of Cortés, México


    1. Stitt, Eric: Movements of Sonoran Mud Turtles (Kinosternon sonoriense) in Relation to Surface Water Availability and Temperature at Saguaro National Park


    2004 Projects


    Eastern New Mexico University

    1. Avery, Julian D.: The effects of habitat fragmentation on stopover ecology of Nearctic-Neotropical migratory birds in the southwest: the importance and implication of a landscape perspective on avian conservation.

    New Mexico State University

    1. Ewald, Megan: Den site characteristics, home range size, and diet of kit foxes (Vulpes macrotis) in a Chihuahuan desert grassland.
    1. Haan, Stephanie S.: Investigating the relationship between habitat characteristics and population densities of the Sacramento Mountains salamander (Aneides hardii) using a novel technique for assessing detectability.
    1. Mathis, Verity L.: Conservation genetics of banner-tailed kangaroo rats (Dipodomys spectabilis): a molecular ecology perspective.
    1. McNicoll, Jennifer: Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) Nest Site Selection in Relation to Prairie Dog Colony Characteristics and Surrounding Land-Use Practices in Janos, Chihuahua, Mexico.
    1. Mendez-Gonzalez, Cesar E.: Influence of resource manipulations on winter avian abundance, diversity, and community dynamics in Chihuahuan Desert grasslands (2004-2005).
    1. Northcott, Jason: Spatio-temporal patterns of black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) colony expansion: Determining the direction and factors that influence expansion.
    1. Propeck, Suzanne: Accuracy of Southwest Regional Gap Analysis Project habitat models in predicting physical features for habitat associations.


    Northern Arizona University

    1. Holmes, Jennifer and Johnson, Matthew: Yellow-billed Cuckoo winter range and habitat use in Central and South America through museum and literature documentation 

    1. Williams, Laura E.: Diversity and foraging ecology of native bees in agricultural and wildlands in the Upper San Pedro River Valley.
    1. Zhang, Huarong: Investigating Genetic Diversity of Ponderosa Pine (pinus ponderosa Dougl.ex Laws.) in Arizona along Tree Seed Zones.


    University of Arizona

    1. Amarello, Melissa: Defensive Behavior of Crotalus polystictus (Mexican Lance-headed Rattlesnakes) Toward Humans.
    1. Culver, Melanie: Conservation genetics of Jaguars (Panthera onca) in the State of Sonora, Mexico.
    1. Flesch, Aaron D. and Steidl, Robert J.: Population Trends of Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls in Northern Sonora Mexico
    1. Huang, Cho-Ying and Marsh, Stuart E.: Systematic Vegetation Mapping in Southeastern Arizona using High Temporal Resolution Remotely Sensed Data.
    1. Hughes, Katie: The influence of nest-placement on the probability of nest depredation in band-tailed pigeons (Pataiioenas fasciata).
    1. Leonard, Katherine M.: Effects of forest thinning on the endangered Mount Graham Red Squirrel.
    1. Macias-Duarte, Alberto: Determination of wintering grounds of burrowing owls in northern Mexico.
    1. Prescott, Rebecca: A living reef in the Northern Gilf of California: breeding aggregation of Black Murex (Hexaplex Muricanthus nigritus) as habitat for juvenile fish and invertebrates.
    1. Rheude, Margaret G-G: Relationship between introduced Abert’s Squirrels and Native Catalina Gray Squirrels in the Rincon Mountain District of Saguaro National Park, Arizona
    1. Smith, Jeffery J.: The Effects of Road Construction on Sonoran Desert Reptiles
    1. Zugmeyer, Claire: Trailblazers in the Forest: Midden Establishment by Red Squirrels in Insect Damaged Forests.

    University of Texas, El Paso

    1. Wambuguh, Dennis: Evaluation of Freshwater Spring Habitats in the Chihuahuan Desert.
    1. Worthington, Richard D.: Contribution to the Assessment of the biota of southern Hidalgo County, New Mexico

    Non-University Projects

    Proyecto Corredor Colibri

    1. Duberstein, Jennifer N.: Status and distribution of a New Population of Huachuca Water Umbel


    2003 Projects

    New Mexico State University

    1. Golinski, Michael Russell: Classification of endophytic fungi species isolated from on old-growth forest using an assay based on spatial patterns of in-vitro growth
    1. McNicholl, Jennifer: Nest Site Selection in Relation to Prairie Dog Colony Characteristics and Surrounding Land-Use Practices in Janos, Chihuahua, Mexico
    1. Mendez-Gonzalez, Cesar E.: Influence of resource manipulations on winter avian abundance, diversity and community dynamics in Chihuahuan Desert grasslands (2003-2004)
    1. Whiteman, Kathy: Riparian plant invasions of the Gila River and two tributaries; Grant and Catron Counties, New Mexico


    Northern Arizona University

    1. Loeser, Matthew R.:  Landscape Assessment of Pronghorn Habitat on Anderson Mesa, Arizona  

    1. Stumpf, Stacy:  Proposal for the Restoration of a Cienega Wetland along the San Pedro River Floodplain


    University of Arizona

    1.  Bonar, Scott A; Corissa Carveth & Ann M. Widmer:  Thermal tolerance of native and non-native fishes of the San Pedro River, Arizona
    1. Buechaer, Debbie C.:  Evaluation of resource use by three species of free-tailed bat (Chiroptera: Molossidae: Nyctinomops femorosaccus, Nyctinmops macrotis and Eumops perotis)
    1. Coates, Carol A:  Analyses of the Suitability of Potential Habitat for the Extirpated Arizona Black-Tailed Prairie Dog

    1. Edelman, Andrew J.:  Ecological overlap between endangered Mount Graham red squirrels and introduced Abert’s squirrels: Does spatiotemporal partitioning of resources occur?

    1. Geiger, Erika:  Soil type as a constraint on the germination and longevity of Agave palmeri seeds

    1. Gray, Melissa:  Is Foraging Strategy Related to Vulnerability in Banded Rock Rattlesnakes (Crotalus lepidus klauberi)?

    1. Hughes, Katie: Band-tailed pigeon habitat use in southeastern Arizona

    1. Hutton, Kelly:  A Comparison of Saguaro Health in Developed and Undeveloped Areas in Tucson, Arizona

    1. Jones, Cristina A.:  Effects of Upper Respiratory Tract Disease on Desert Tortoise Behavior and Thermal Ecology at Saguaro National Park East

    1. Kirkpatrick, Chris:  Population trends, reproductive success, and habitat association of montane forest birds in southeastern Arizona

    1. McDonald, Christopher: Fire, Ground Nesting Bees and Livestock Grazing: A Recipe for Population Longevity in the Endangered Pima Pineapple Cactus?

    1. Munroe, Karen:  The mating system and natal dispersal of the red squirrel, Tamiasciurus hudsonicus.

    1.  Pasch, Bret S.:  Space Use and Population Status Relative to Fire History of Chiricahua Fox Squirrels (Sciurus nayaritensis chiricahuae) 
    1. Wallace, J. Eric:  Habitat and Ecology of Lowland Leopard Frogs in Mountain Canyons of Southeastern Arizona


    University of Notre Dame

    1. Setser, Kirk: Life history traits of Crotalus polystictus; a long-term, mark-recapture study


    University of California, Santa Barbara

    1. Lukose, Richard L.: The impact of the invasive Lehmann lovegrass (Eragrostis lehmanniana) on horned lizards (genus: Phrynosoma) in southeastern Arizona


    University of Texas, El Paso

    1. Johnson, Jerry; Justin P. Hobert: Comparative and Spatial Ecology of Three Sympatric Rattlesnake Species in the Chihuahuan Desert


    Non-University Projects

    1. Duberstein, Jennifer and Caicedo, Juan: Critical Riparian Bird Species Monitoring Villa Verde, Ejido Ignacio Zaragoza Municipality of Cananea, Sonora, Mexico
    1. Huisinga, Kristin and Watters, Kate: Plants of the Grand Canyon: A Naturalist’s Guide


    2002 Projects

    Eastern New Mexico State University

    1. Malaney, Jason: Distribution, Habitat Associations, and Population Attributes of Snowshoe hare (Lepus Americanus) in New Mexico.

    New Mexico State University

    1. Calamusso, Robert and DuBey, Robert: Distribution and Status of Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout and Native Fish Species in the Carson and Santa Fe National Forests

    1. Duniway, Mike: Grassland Recovery and the role of Soil-Vegetation Feedbacks: A Preliminary Study 

    1. Ginter, Daniel: Grassland Bird Wintering Ecology on the Gulf Coast of South Texas Northern Mexico

    1. Hendrie, Marguerite: Optimal Foraging and Colonial Rodents: the Trade-off between Foraging Risk and Patch Quality in Black-tailed Prairie Dogs

    1. Jones, Debra: Metapopulation dynamics of Aneides hardii, the Sacramento Mountain Salamander

    1. Lee, Colin: Distribution Patterns and Time-Activity Budgets of Northern Pintail (Anas Acuta) Winter in New Mexico and Chihuahua, Mexico

    1. Mendez-Gonzalez, Cesar E.: Effects of grazing and fire on desert grasslands and wintering birds communities (2002 – 2003).

    1. Murray, Ian: An Investigation Into Snake-Odor Anointing Behavior by Rock Squirrels, Spermophilus variegatus

    1. O’Leary, Jessica: Habitat Suitability of Night-Blooming Cereus Based on Pollinators, Plant Demography and Environmental Data

    1. Rosas Rosas, Octavio C.: Habitat Partitioning of Lympatric Jaguars and Pumas in Jaguar Peripheral Habitat, Northeastern Sonora, Mexico

    1. Whiteman, Kathy: Riparian plant invasions: Impact on a native riparian ecosystem along the Gila River in Grant and Catron Counties, New Mexico 


    1. Schaafsma, Hoski: The Effect of Prehistoric Agriculture on the Modern Ecology of 
      Cave Creek, Arizona: a legacy in pollen.


    1. Clifton, Jill: Influence of Small Aspen Stands on Avian Productivity in a Ponderosa
      Pine Forest


    1. Cintra-Buenrostro, Carlos E.: Ecological role of Mulinia coloradoensis Dall, 1894
      (Bivalvia Mollusca) in the pre-dam ecosystem of the Colorado River Delta, Gulf of 

    1. Geiger, Erika; Mau-Crimmins, Theresa; and Schussman, Heather: Razing Arizona: 
      Introduced “wonder grass” plagues the American Southwest. The potential for 
      modeling spread o a nonnative species.

    1. Rowell, Kirsten: The Importance of the Colorado River to northern Gulf of California 
      fish populations.



    1. Keeley, Brian: Identification and Protection of Roosts and Foraging Areas for the 
      Mexican Long-nosed Bat: Northeastern Mexico and Trans-Pecos Region of Texas:
      Aerial Support. 


    1. Klingel, Jon; Conn, Rachel; & Long, Brian: River Otter Survey: The Gila River


    1. Montoya, Angel: Chihuahua Aplomado Falcon Project

    2001 Projects


    1. Kendall, John: The Effect of Fire History on Bat Activity in Mixed Conifer Forests 
      in New Mexico


    1. Hotchkin, Paul: Comparative Escape Behavior of Syntopic Parthenogenetic and 
      Gonochoristic Cnemidophorus Lizards


    1. Kennedy, Linda J.: Mycorrhizal Status of Non-native Grass, Eragrostis lehmanniana


    1. Long, Brian: A Survey of the Rivers of Sonora and Northern Chihuahua for River 
      Otter(Lontra longicaudis)


    1. Arana, Mark Antonio: Desert bighorn sheep habitat use in relation to juniper 
      structure altered by prescribed fire in the Ladron Mountains, New Mexico

    1. D’Auria, Danielle E.: The breeding biology and social system of a desert-adapted 
      species, the Chihuahuan raven (Corvus cryptoleucus)

    1. Desmond, Martha J.: Mountain Plover (Charadrius montanus) Ecology and 
      Conservation in the Mexican Prairie Dog Complex in Northeastern Mexico

    1. Killgore, Aaron: Diopedturbation rates in mammal exclosures

    1. Lee, Colin K.: Habitat-Use and Movement Patterns of Wintering Northern Pintail 
      (Anas acutas) Populations in New Mexico and Northern Mexico

    1. Roeder, Bryan: Population Dynamics of an Exotic Mammal: The South African 
      Oryx on Whate Sands Missile Range, New Mexico

    1. Stubben, Chris J.: Conservation of hawkmoth-pollinated flowers in the Southwest

    1. Yarns, Christopher: Foliar chemistry variation in the oak, Quercus gambelii Nutt.: 
      percolation within a trophic system


    1. Miller, Andrew Martin: Indigenous Perceptions of Vegetation and Avifaunal Change 
      in Old Growth Pin-oak Forest Following Harvest, Sierra Madre Occidental Mexico


    1. Davidson, Ana: The comparative and interactive effects of two keystone species, 
      black-tailed prairie dogs and banner-tailed kangaroo rats, on desert grassland 
      communities in northern Mexico

    1. Johnson, Kristine: Genetic Variation in a Population of Lesser Prairie Chickens

    1. Sherwin, Richard E.: An assessment of the effectiveness of gates for conserving bat 
      colonies in abandoned mines in New Mexico

    1. Walker, Hira: Use of Native and Exotic Vegetation by En Route Insectivorous 
      Neotropical Migrant Landbirds


    1. Frye, Robert J.: Field Survey of Pediocactus paradinei Populations

    1. Schultz, Andrew A.: Gila Topminnow and Mosquitofish: What Factors Allow 

    2000 Projects



    1. Berardelli, Daniele; Burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia) nesting strategies and 
      reproductive success in urban versus native habitats and among burrow types.

    1. D'Auria, Danielle E.; The breeding biology and social system of a desert-adapted 
      species, the Chihuahuan Raven (Corvus cryptoleucus).

    1. Kroll, A. J.; Comparative Ecology, Distribution and Conservation of the Montane 
      Woodland Snails (Geners: Ashmunella) of White Sands Missile Range (NM) and 
      Fort Bliss (NM and TX).

    1. Niemela, Steven; Grassland Bird Conservation on Wintering Grounds in the 
      Chihuahuan Desert: Influences of Habitat Quality and Seed Availability.


    1. Estes, Wendy A.; Prey Delivery Rates and Species Composition of Prey items at 
      Urban and Non-urban Nests of Cooper's Hawks.
    1. Goldberg, Caren S.; Finding Microsatellites in the Barking Frog Genome for 
      Investigation of Metapopulation Structure.
    1. Prival, David; Twin-spotted Rattlesnake Population Monitoring.
    1. Swann, Don; Effects of Urban Development on Desert Tortoises (In coordination 
      with the National Park Service).


    1. DeLay, Linda S.; A Quantitative analysis of the diet of Southwestern Willow 
      flycatchers in the Gila Valley, New Mexico. 
    1. Gaines, Karen; A Study of the Diversity, Ecological Requirements, and Community 
      Ecology of Larval Dragonflies at the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, New 
    1. Johnson, Kristine; Habitat Use by Lesser Prairie-chickens in Southeastern New 
      Mexico (New Mexico Natural Heritage Program).
    1. Walker, Hira; Use of Native and Exotic Vegetation by En-route Insectivorous 
      Neotropical Migrant Landbirds.

    1. Worthington, Richard D.; Cryptogams of the New Mexico Portion of the 
      Guadalupe Mountains, Otero and Eddy Cos., New Mexico.


    1. Schmalzel, Robert J.; Fine-Scale Mapping of Nichol's Turk's Head Cactus in the 
      Waterman Mountains, Pima County, Arizona.