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Research Professors

  • Michael A. BoganPh.D. (Biology), The University of New Mexico, 1973. Research Professor and Curator Emeritus of U.S.G.S. Biological Surveys Collection, Arid Lands Field Station. Vertebrate systematics and ecology, particularly as they relate to research and management needs of federal agencies. mbogan@unm.edu
  • Donald W. DuszynskiPh.D. (Biology), Colorado State University, 1970. Parasitology, specifically the taxonomy and systematics of the coccidia of wild animals; see http://biology.unm.edu/coccidia/home.html. eimeria@unm.edu
  • Mahmood Kassam  akassam@unm.edu
  • Michael E. SeidelPh.D. (Biology), The Universiity of New Mexico, 1971. Systematics and ecology of turtles. Department of Biological Sciences, Marshall University, Huntington, WV 25701. Phone: (304) 696-2427.  m043021@marshall.wvnet.edu
  • David J. SchmidlyPh.D. (Zoology),University of Illinois–Champaign/Urbana, 1971. Past UNM President. Natural history of mammals of the Southwest, especially Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico; mammalian systematics, particularly those of the genus Peromyscus; and conservation of habitats.
  • Peter B. StaceyPh.D., University of Colorado, 1978. Conservation biology, restoration ecology, behavioral ecology and ornithology. Current projects include metapopulation dynamics and genetic population structure of the Mexican Spotted Owl and the Flammulated Owl, habitat preferences and dispersal in the endangered Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, and the restoration of riparian ecosystems.  pstacey@unm.edu












Research Associate Professors

  • Sandra L. BrantleyPh.D. (Biology), The University of New Mexico, 1997. Arthropod ecology and taxonomy, particularly ground‑dwelling spiders, in arid systems. sbrantle@unm.edu
  • William S. HlavacekPh.D. (Chemical Engineering), University of Michigan, 1996. Member of UNM Department of Biology’s CETI (Center for Evolutionary & Theoretical Immunology) Program. Research interests: models of signal-transduction systems, biophysics of ligand-receptor interactions, design principles of biological regulatory systems, modeling and reconstruction of genetic regulatory and metabolic networks in bacteria, and computational methods and software/database tools relevant for modeling biological systems (BioNetGen).  wish@lanl.gov
  • Deborah M. Finch—Ornithology, bird migration, threatened and endangered species, and restoration ecology. Project Leader for the Forestry Sciences Laboratory, Rocky Mountain Research Station, 2205 Columbia SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106. Phone: 505-766-1048. Fax 505-766-1046.  dfinch/rmrs_albq@fs.fed.us
  • Ellen Goldberg  ellen@santafe.edu
  • Kristine JohnsonPh.D., The University of New Mexico, 1986. Senior Research Associate, New Mexico Natural Heritage Program. Avian conservation biology and behavioral ecology.  kjohnson@unm.edu
  • David Lightfoot  dlightfo@unm.edu
  • Esteban H. MuldavinPh.D. (Biology) New Mexico State University, 1988. Ecology Group Coordinator for the New Mexico Natural Heritage Program. Conservation biology, vegetation classification and mapping, vegetation dynamics and ecological history.  muldavin@unm.edu
  • Robert R. ParmenterPh.D. (Biology/Ecology), Utah State University, 1982. Associate Professor of Research; Executive Director, Sevilleta Long-Term Ecological Research Program; Director, Sevilleta Field Research Station. Research interests include biological responses to ecosystem disturbances, patterns and controls of biodiversity, predator-prey interactions, and processes of ecosystem nutrient cycling. Current research projects concern the fire ecology of desert grasslands, long-term vegetation changes resulting from patterns of human land use, and ecological factors influencing human disease epidemiology.  parmentr@sevilleta.unm.edu
  • Paul PolechlaPh.D. ppolechla@sevilleta.unm.edu
  • Carleton White—Ecology; nutrient cycling; nitrogen cycling; water quality.  cswhite@sevilleta.unm.edu
  • Si-Ming Zhang—PhD. The Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1998. Molecular biology of immune defense in molluscs, mechanisms of invertebrate immunity. zhangsm@unm.edu

Research Assistant Professors

  • Becky BixbyPh.D. (Biology), University of Michigan, 2001. Periphyton ecology and biodiversity research. bbixby@unm.edu
  • Sara V. BrantPh.D. (Biology), University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2002. Parasitology, host–parasite interactions and coevolution, parasite systematics. sbrant@unm.edu
  • Evan W. CarsonPh.D. (Biology), Arizona State University–Tempe, 2005. Population genetics, hybridization, and phylogeography of fishes. carson1@unm.edu
  • Jean-Luc E. CartronPh.D. The University of New Mexico, 1995. Research interests: raptor ecology and conservation, conservation issues in northern Mexico, macroecology, life history theory.  jlec@unm.edu
  • Pauline M. CupitPh.D. (Molecular Immunology), University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, 1996. Molecular biology, immunology and proteomics. Activity-based protein profiling to identify the binding partner of the anti-schistosomal drug, praziquantel. Genetic variation in the Schistosoma mansoni tetraspanin-2 gene. cupitcu@unm.edu
  • Jerry Dragoo—Mammalian systematics and ecology.  jdragoo@mail.unm.edu
  • Corey L. FincherPhD (Biology), University of New Mexico, 2008. Behavioral immunology; cultural ecology; life-history evolution; evolution and ecology of social life; antipredator evolution; behavioral ecology, cross-cultural psychology; evolutionary psychology. fincher@unm.edu
  • Edwina Fuge  efuge@unm.edu
  • William GannonPh.D. (Biology), The University of New Mexico, 1997. Currently, Special Assistant, Research Ethics and Integrity Program, VPR Office; Research Curator, Division of Mammals, Museum of Southwestern Biology. Research/teaching focuses on scientific ethics, integrity, and responsible conduct of research. He has several federally funded grants and serves as an editor for Journal of Mammalogy. Of his publications, ~20 are about bats. In the last five years, Bill has been working on projects assessing how bats adjust and use abandoned mines in the Great Basin. He also is involved in projects with prairie dogs and other squirrel species, and has three little hominids of his own.  wgannon@unm.edu
  • Charles J. GwoPh.D. (Ecology), University of Georgia, 1995. Population ecology. Current research includes the development of the thermodynamic theory of population growth based on integration of biochemistry, physiology, and thermodynamics, and the development of the thermodynamic niche theory, a kinetic and energetic elaboration of the effects of environment on growth. chuckgwo@unm.edu
  • Bishoy K. HannaPh.D. (Biology), The Pennsylvania State University, 2016. Parasite and host evolution, symbiosis, biomineralization, development of computational biology methods, reverse ecology approaches, characterization of metabolic networks in multipartite symbiosis, and invertebrate genome evolution. bishoyh@unm.edu
  • Robert Harrison—Conservation biology, ecology of carnivores, design of residential development, and effects of development on wildlife.  rharison@unm.edu
  • Ben HaneltPh.D. (Biology), University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2002. Biodiversity and the coevolution of the host-parasite unit; investigates the biology of the phylum Nematomorpha, and the coevolution of host-parasite interactions with a focus on immune systems. Also, the Hairworm Biodiversity Survey. bhanelt@unm.edu
  • Juanita A. R. LadymanPh.D. (Botany & Plant Pathology), Michigan State University, 1982. Plant reproductive biology; cryptogams (particularly terricolous cryptogams); physiological plant ecology; conservation of rare, threatened and endangered plant species. Senior Research Associate, New Mexico Natural Heritage Program. ladyman@unm.edu
  • Leah LarkinPh.D. (Botany), University of Texas at Austin, 2002. Phylogeny and taxonomy of bees; the evolution of specialization in floral use by bees; plant phylogeny; biogeography. llarkin@unm.edu
  • Gary Miller—Behavioral ecology; seabirds and marine mammals; population genetics; conservation biology. Antarctic research.  gdmiller@unm.edu
  • Megan J. OsbornePh.D. (Biology), La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, 2002. Population genetics, evolution, immunogenetics and conservation biology of fishes. mosborne@unm.edu
  • Vickie PeckPh.D. (Microbiology/Immunology), University of Arizona, 1992. Fungal molecular genetics, specifically cell growth control of stationary phase yeast; genomics and microarray analysis.  vpeck@unm.edu
  • Sonia Santa AnnaPh.D. (Genetics), University of California–Berkeley, 1991. Fungal molecular genetics, specifically cell growth control of yeast; genomics and microarray analysis. 205 Castetter Hall, Department of Biology, The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001, 505/277-9339. soniasa@unm.edu
  • John P. WaresPhD (Zoology), Duke University, 2000. Population genetics and phylogeography. Applications of coalescent theory to applied conservation and studies of changing population size and/or distribution.  jpwares@unm.edu

Secondary Appointments

Charles E. (Chad) Melancon III, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemical Biology, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, The University of New Mexico. Research Interests: bioinformatics- and systematics-guided natural product discovery, biosynthesis, and bioengineering in bacteria; de novo bacterial genome sequencing; synthetic biology; environmental microbiology. Research Areas: computational biology and genomics; genetics; microbial ecology; microbiology; molecular evolution; and systematics/phylogenetics. cemelanc@unm.edu