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.


Scott Collins is now Chair-elect of the LTER Science Council

At the 2010 LTER Science Council meeting, Scott Collins, PI of the Sevilleta LTER, was elected Chair of the LTER Science Council. He will serve one year as Chair-elect and two years as Chair of the SC. The scientific direction and vision of the LTER Network is established by the Science Council.

Michell Thomey wins the Harry Wayne Springfield Scholarship and Alvin R. and Caroline G. Grove Research Scholarship

Every year the Department of Biology at UNM offers a number of competitive awards and scholarships. The Springfield Scholarship is to support a graduate student in pursuit of a research in botany with a focus on ecology, and the Grove Research Scholarship provides graduate students with resources to initiate or continue research projects, and/or to attend conferences to present their research. In addition, Michell received $2500 from the T&E Inc.

Sally Koerner wins the Lynn A. Hertel Graduate Research Award and Sigma Xi UNM Chapter Outstanding Graduate Research Award

Every year the Department of Biology at UNM offers a number of competitive awards and scholarships. The goal of the Lynn A. Hertel Award is to support the research program of a current Biology Department graduate student, thus assisting the student to complete their thesis or dissertation research. This award can be used to purchase research supplies or equipment and to support travel to field sites or to scientific meetings, all activities expected to be part of the student’s graduate research program. Congratulations Sally!

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