Dr. Ayesha Burdett Joins NMMNH&S

Ayesha BurdettThe New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science has announced that its new Bio-Science Curator is Dr. Ayesha Burdett.

Dr. Burdett is an aquatic ecologist and has a strong interest in invertebrate communities. She has been in New Mexico since 2006, working in the Rio Grande in collaboration with several scientists at The University of New Mexico. From 2006 to 2011, she was a post-doctoral associate in the Department of Biology at The University of New Mexico, and since 2011, she has been an Adjunct Research Assistant Professor there.

In her research, Dr. Burdett asks questions about where invertebrates live, how that changes over time, and why some habitats could be better than others. According to Dr. Burdett, desert rivers provide a great opportunity to ask these questions because of their extremely variable flow regimes and often harsh living conditions. 

Dr. Burdett will continue her collaboration with UNM’s Museum of Southwest Biology as part of the NMMNH&S’s on-going partnership with UNM.

August 2012