Major Research Programs

Center for Evolutionary and Theoretical Immunology (CETI)

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The Center for Evolutionary and Theoretical Immunology (CETI) is an interdisciplinary initiative that conducts empirical and theoretical research on innate and adaptive immunity using a wide array of approaches and models. CETI is formed by scientists from the University of New Mexico’s Department of Biology and Department of Computer Science, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Santa Fe Institute.

Center for Stable Isotopes

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The University of New Mexico Center for Stable Isotopes is a non-profit research focused laboratory and analytical facility founded in 2014. The mission of UNM-CSI is to support world-class stable isotope research by scientists and students across disciplines from Earth and Planetary Sciences, Biology, Anthropology, Chemistry and the Biomedical Sciences.

Maximizing Access to Research Careers

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The University of New Mexico’s Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program offers research training and support to prepare our scholars for graduate school. Our goals are to increase the number and competitiveness of underrepresented students engaged in biomedical research by increasing the research training opportunities for our scholars. MARC supports talented UNM undergraduates with training that directly prepares scholars for careers in biomedical research.

McMurdo Dry Valleys Long Term Ecological Research Program

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The McMurdo Dry Valleys Long Term Ecological Research Project is an interdisciplinary study of the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in a cold desert region of Antarctica.  Unlike most other ecosystems, the dry valleys are dominated by microorganisms, mosses, lichens, and relatively few groups of invertebrates; higher forms of life are virtually non-existent.  We are investigating ecosystem responses to amplified physical connectivity in the McMurdo Dry Valleys (MDVs) in response to changing climate.

Museum of Southwestern Biology

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The Museum of Southwestern Biology (MSB) is a state-of-the-art repository for biological specimens and data that is located in the CERIA building in the center of UNM main campus.  The MSB is a resource center for the study of biodiversity, evolution, ecology, and natural history of living things.  Faculty curators and staff engage students directly in biodiversity research, and teach courses in biodiversity, conservation, and organism form & function.

Natural Heritage New Mexico

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Natural Heritage New Mexico serves the people of New Mexico in their efforts to effectively manage and conserve their unique, diverse, and valuable biological resources. We perform conservation biology research in the context of global change, enhance conservation literacy and training, and are a portal for acquiring and disseminating biodiversity conservation information for New Mexico and the Southwest.

Sevilleta Long Term Ecological Research Program

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The Sevilleta Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program expands our understanding of biological processes in drylands. We are addressing big questions in ecology, centered on environmental variability. The fluctuating nature of drylands makes them excellent study systems to improve general understanding of the biological consequences of environmental variability. 

The Post-Baccalaureate Research and Education Program (PREP)

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The Post-baccalaureate Research and Education Program (PREP) is designed to enhance the ability of individuals in the biomedical sciences to gain entry to, and succeed in, nationally recognized Ph.D. programs. PREP is aimed at individuals from under-represented populations in the sciences who have recently received a Bachelors degree and have limited laboratory experience.