UNM professor studies genetic diversity of amphibians to understand impacts of environmental change on the future of species Dr. Lisa Barrow, an assistant professor of Biology and Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles at the Museum of Southwestern Biology at UNM, has been awarded a $970,175 grant for her project “Determinants of amphibian genomic diversity: […] Read More
The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the search for animal models that demonstrate the symptoms observed in humans infected with SARS-CoV-2. New research from UNM Biology PhD student Aurora Kraus and associate professor of Biology Dr. Irene Salinas have begun using zebrafish as a model for COVID-19 with emphasis on the loss of smell many people have reported as a symptom of the virus.
UNM Biology Professor Jenn Rudgers leads a team of researchers at one of the largest NSF projects in New Mexico, the Sevilleta Long-Term Ecological Research project. Scientists at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge are examining various aspects of climate change. See our videos of the work being done at the site south of Albuquerque.
Biology professor chosen as a 2021 Women in STEM Award winner Dr. TyAnna Lovato, a research assistant professor in Biology was selected in June as a 2021 Women in STEM Award winner. Her project with Dr. Amalia Parra, a research assistant professor in Biology, is “Transcriptional Regulation of Stem Cell Function in the Drosophilia Central Nervous System.” The […] Read More
Biology professor chosen as a 2021 Women in STEM Award winner Dr. Amalia Parra, a research assistant professor in Biology was selected in June as a 2021 Women in STEM Award winner. Her project with Dr. TyAnna Lovato, a research assistant professor in Biology, is “Transcriptional Regulation of Stem Cell Function in the Drosophilia Central Nervous System.” The […] Read More
UNM biologist awarded grant for researching role of compost in arid rangelands Dr. Eva Stricker, a research assistant professor in the UNM Department of Biology, was recently awarded a $500,000 grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture/USDA for her research examining the role of compost in dry rangelands and microbial communities on soil and […] Read More
The American Society of Mammalogists announced University of New Mexico Professor Felisa A. Smith as president-elect at its 100th annual meeting last week. The Society, established in 1919, is the oldest and largest mammal society in the world. She is only the fifth woman and the first Hispanic woman to be elected to the position.
Dr. Diana Northup, a visiting associate professor in UNM’s department of Biology, was recently featured in an episode of Alien Worlds, a new docufiction series streaming on Netflix for her cave exploration work.
The four-part miniseries, according to Netflix, “blends fact with science fiction and conceptualizes what alien life might be like by applying the laws of life on Earth to imagined exoplanets.” The series was released in December of 2020.
Northup was featured in the second episode, “Janus,” which focused on extreme conditions we might think of as uninhabitable but that might be able to support alien life.
Hear from four University of New Mexico faculty members about their research in 7-minute presentations each month during the Lightning Lounge event. The February speakers were: Rebecca Bixby, a Research Assistant Professor in Biology whose presentation is “Looking for the Light: the Dynamics of Algae in Aridland Rivers”; Jason Moore, an Associate Professor in […] Read More
Visiting University of New Mexico Biology Associate Professor Dr. Diana Northup studies the external microbiome of bats at Carlsbad Caverns National Park to detect potential natural defenses against the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans, which causes white-nose syndrome (WNS), a common bat disease. Northup currently has three Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CPCESU) grants for […] Read More
Hear from four University of New Mexico faculty members about their research in 7-minute presentations each month during the Lightning Lounge event. This month’s speakers are Benjamin J. Clark, an Associate Professor of Psychology, Amaris Ketcham, an Associate Professor in the UNM Honors College, Lisa Broidy, a Professor of Sociology and Tom Turner, a professor of […] Read More
Bixby’s project, “Icy Seeps: A Potential Stronghold for Algal Stenotherm Biodiversity.” The research will focus on understanding the role of water sources in shaping algae assemblages in alpine streams. Bixby said she is interested in the role of insulated, buried ice as a potential water source in alpine streams that may provide longer term refuge for algae […] Read More
Computer science professor elected to national computing council Professor of computer science and biology Dr. Melanie Moses was recently elected as a council member of the Computing Community Consortium (CCC). Moses was elected in July of 2020 and will serve as a member for three years. According to the CCC website, the organization is dedicated to catalyzing and empowering the U.S. computing research community to pursue audacious, high-impact research. “It was an honor to
Biology and Mathematics & Statistics associate professor promoted to professor Dr. Helen Wearing, an associate professor in the UNM Departments of Biology and Mathematics & Statistics, has been promoted to professor. Wearing is a scientist working at the interface of the biological and mathematical sciences. She uses mathematical models to understand the biological […] Read More
UNM biology professor selected as a Fellow of the Paleontological Society Dr. Felisa Smith, professor in the department of biology at the University of New Mexico, was recently selected as a Fellow of the Paleontological Society. “I am both humbled and honored to have been selected a Fellow of the Paleontological Society. These […] Read More
New biology faculty member conducts organism adaptation research Dr. Davorka Gulisija, a new Biology Department faculty member at UNM, is conducting mathematical and statistical modeling research examining fundamental questions about mechanisms of adaptation in organisms. Gulisija, who is from the Mediterranean coast in Croatia, joined UNM January 2020 as an assistant professor and […] Read More
People of color are being disproportionately infected by the novel coronavirus, professor of computer science and biology at UNM Melanie Moses and associate professor of political science Kathy Powers say in an article published in the Santa Fe Institute Transmission series. Racial disparities related to COVID-19 have been observed nationwide. The Center for Disease […] Read More
UNM professor awarded NSF funding to study human lung response to COVID-19 Dr. Melanie Moses, a professor of computer science and biology, has been awarded National Science Foundation funding to understand how human lungs respond to viral pathogens like COVID-19. With the help of Research Assistant Vanessa Surjadidjaja, Moses hopes to answer how […] Read More
New professor in UNM Biology to begin new lab studying wasp venom next year Dr. Ellen Martinson is joining the University of New Mexico Biology Department as an assistant professor in January 2020. “Overall, I just want to become a happy and productive member of the Biology department. I hope to do good […] Read More
UNM research assistant tasked to do a genetic assessment of a native New Mexican fish Dr. Megan Osborne, a University of New Mexico research assistant in the Department of Biology, was awarded more than $12,000 in December by the New Mexico Game and Fish Department to do a genetic assessment of the Chihuahua Chub, a […] Read More
Dr. Jenn Rudgers to direct a $6.4M NSF grant to study climate variability Dr. Jenn Rudgers, a biology professor at University of New Mexico and the newest director of the Sevilleta Long-Term Ecological Research Program, will oversee a six-year, $6.4 million to research climate variability in dryland ecotones at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in […] Read More
Ten women scientists at the University of New Mexico have been selected for the 2018 Women in STEM awards. Their work on eight separate projects includes research on smart grass that could generate energy, head injuries in professional fighters and better ways to take medicine. Other winners of the research awards will consider how to […] Read More