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