Connecting New Mexico Children with University Biologists

On Saturday, August 17, 2013, the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP) science coordinator, Jennifer Schuetz, based at the UNM Department of Biology, was featured on the KUNM Children’s Hour from 9 to 10 a.m. A partnership between UNM Biology and Bosque School, BEMP conducts hands-on science with K–12 students in the forest along the Rio Grande, often referred to as the “bosque.”

Serving as the schoolyard program of the Sevilleta Long Term Ecological Research, also part of UNM Biology, BEMP involved more than 5,000 people during the 2012–2013 school year. Nearly 1,000 students from about 20 different schools collected data, such as depth to groundwater, rainfall, litterfall and surface-active arthropods, that are used by government agencies that manage the bosque. Listen to the show.

Also featured on the Children’s Hour this past year from the Department of Biology were Jason Kimble and Noelle Martinez, who talked about cave bacteria; Virginia Thompson, who featured her work on aquatic plants in the Valles Caldera National Preserve; Fred Whiteman and Melissa Pardi, who discussed paleoecology; and Jesse Young and Katie Hughes, who talked about bats and white-nose syndrome, among others.

Listen to the Dec. 8, 2012 Children's Hour on KUNM (89.9 FM).