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NMSU Ecology Club (formerly called Science Alliance) at New Mexico State University


Chapter Information

  • Academic Year: 2013-2014
  • Chapter Website (if applicable):
  • Chapter email(if applicable):


Advisor Information

  • Karen Mabry, Assistant Professor
  • Email:


Chapter Activities


A descriptive summary of each of the major Chapter activities (seminars/workshops, field trips, fundraisers, outreach/community service, etc.) during the past academic year. The activity, the timeframe, and the persons involved (Chapter members, campus, school students, community, etc.). People who were included and served, and how many.

This year we revitalized the NMSU SEEDS chapter, which had languished for the past year due to changing student leadership and faculty advisor sabbatical travel. We now have nearly completely new student membership and newly elected officers.

We held several organizational meetings in the fall 2013 semester. These meetings were attended by approximately 25 undergraduate and graduate students. We discussed SEEDS and discussed plans for future activities. We established a plan for monthly meetings discussing an ecological topic and one field trip per semester.

In January 2014, co-advisors Mabry and Throop led a meeting discussing summer internship opportunities. This was the topic voted of highest interest by students. Approximately 20 students attended.

Dr. Jeff Herrick, USDA-ARS was our featured guest speaker for the February meeting. Dr. Herrick discussed his educational background and unexpected career path. Approximately 20 students attended. We elected new officers at this meeting.

We had a field trip to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in February. This trip was an opportunity to view migratory waterfowl and sandhill cranes. We discussed land management for wildlife and career opportunities in wildlife management. 15 students attended this field trip.

Dr. Chris Wiese of the Turner Foundation was our guest speaker for the March meeting. Dr. Wiese discussed her work with the Mexican wolf recovery plan and breeding program. She also discussed work on the endangered Bolson tortoise. This talk led to very interesting discussion on human perceptions of dangers from wildlife. Approximately 20 students attended this meeting.

Our final meeting of the year was an April discussion of preparation for graduate school, led by co-advisor Throop. Approximately 8 students attended this meeting.

What best describes the activities of your chapter this past academic year?

Chapter Invigoration/Recruitment, Career Development, Field Trips

A summary of the Chapter’s ideas or plans for the next academic year.

We will continue with monthly career-related meetings. We also intend to have field trips every semester and community service projects.