Graduate Students

Benjamin Armstrong
Benjamin 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


Cody Bear Sutton

Cody Bear Sutton
cbear@nmsu.edu
MS | Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology (Advisor: Martha Desmond)
Hometown | Ridgecrest, California
BS | University of Idaho
MS Thesis Topic | Distribution and breeding habitat requirements of Bendire's Thrasher throughout its New Mexico 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: Gary Roemer & Fitsum Abadi Gebreselassie)
Hometown | Seattle Washington
BA | Washington State University
MS Thesis Topic | Ecology of the desert kit fox (Vulpes macrotis) on the White Sands National Park


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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


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


Michael Hatch

Michael Hatch
mdhatch@nmsu.edu
PhD | Water Resources (David Cowley & Wiebke Boeing)
Hometown | Las Cruces, NM
PhD thesis topic | Simulation of water management alternatives on population dynamics of an endangered fish species


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


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 Pe├▒asco least chipmunk


Michael Miller
Michael Miller

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


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


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


Bryanna Quijada

Bryanna Quijada
bquijada@nmsu.edu
MS | Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Ecology (Advisor: Wiebke Boeing)
Hometown | Heber, California
BS | New Mexico Highlands University
MS Thesis Topic | Effects of environmental factors on distribution of NM whiptail


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


Allison Salas
Allison Salas

Allison Salas
ajsalas@nmsu.edu
MS | Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Ecology (Advisor: Martha Desmond)
Hometown | Seminole, Florida
BS | University of Maryland - College Park
MS Thesis Topic | Bendire's Thrasher Nest and Juvenile Survival in Relation to Vegetation Characteristics of the Southwest United States


Lauren Samaniego
Lauren Samaniego

Lauren Samaniego
La_sam23@nmsu.edu
MS | Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology (Advisor: Wiebke Boeing)
Hometown | El Paso, Texas
BS | Texas State University
MS Thesis Topic | Occupancy of Native Leopard Frogs in Response to Biotic and Abiotic Variables


Brittany Schweiger
Brittany Schweiger

Brittany Schweiger
bschweig@nmsu.edu
MS | Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Ecology (Advisor: Jennifer Frey)
Hometown | St. Louis, Missouri
BS | Lake Forest College
MS Thesis Topic | Habitat selection and activity patterns of the Organ Mountains Colorado chipmunk.
Personal Web Site | https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Brittany_Schweiger2


Bert Siville
Bert Siville

Bert Siville
bsiville@nmsu.edu
PhD | Plant and Environmental Sciences (Advisors: Wiebke Boeing & Omar Holguin)
Hometown | Columbus, Ohio
BA | University of Montana
MS | New Mexico State University
PhD Thesis Topic | Optimization of algal growth dynamics


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 | Natal Origin, Survival, and Food Web Dynamics of the Rainbow Trout Population in Eagle Nest Lake


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