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New Mexico has an extremely high diversity of plant and animal groups. For example, New Mexico ranks second in number of species of native mammals (151) after California (161, not including marine mammals), which is 1.3 times larger in area. New Mexico's biological diversity is a result of its location, topographic and geologic diversity, and time, especially the last 700,000 years.  

I am interested in community ecology in freshwater systems. Freshwater communities are influenced by many factors, and I look at how aquatic invertebrate fauna respond. Some of these factors may differ in different places or time scales. In my various research projects, I examine this spatial and temporal variability and the resilience of the invertebrate community.

The mission of Bioscience Collection is to provide collections of plants, mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, insects and mollusks that represent the natural history of New Mexico and southwestern North America (United States and Mexico), and to serve as a safe repository for in-house research specimens.

Learn about the beautiful types of landscapes that are found all throughout New Mexico.

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