Sevilleta News

July 30th Thursday Night UNM Sevilleta Field Station Summer Seminar - Seth Newsome

Thursday night, July 30, 2015, the UNM Sevilleta Field Station Summer Seminar speaker is Seth Newsome presenting " A functional approach to understanding resource use, allocation strategies, and population dynamics in desert consumer communities." Dr. Newsome is an Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of NM. His research focuses on the utilization of stable isotope biochemistry as a tool for measuring the fluxes of energy and materials among components of both past and present ecological systems.

Sevilleta NWR 2015 Butterfly Count - Saturday, August 15, 9AM-3PM

Next month the Amigos de la Sevilleta in conjunction with the USFWS will be conducting the 2015 Butterfly Count on the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. Volunteers are now being sought. No experience necessary! The count will occur on Saturday, August 15, from 9AM-3PM. Steve Cary, author of the popular, "Butterfly Landscapes of New Mexico," will be on-hand as special guest.

For more information or to join the fun, call 505-864-4021 ext 102. Also, see flier attached below.

July 23rd Thursday Night UNM Sevilleta Field Station Summer Seminar-Travis Rusch

Thursday night, July 23, 2015, the UNM Sevilleta Field Station Summer Seminar speaker is Travis Rusch presenting, "Thermal Games: How factors of the environment interact to affect the thermoregulatory decisions of male Sceloporus jarrovi." Travis is a current graduate student at Arizona State University under Dr. Michael Angilletta, Jr. in the School of Life Sciences. He is interested in how biotic and abiotic factors interact to influence the thermoregulatory abilities of ectotherms, particularly lizards.

Monsoon Update

Despite all the evidence to the contrary, this year's monsoon has not officially begun... at least not on the Sevilleta... at least not according to my criteria. Lots of moisture has been reported throughout the rest of NM but the Sev seems to be living under a dome. Granted there has been some rain somewhere on the Sev on every day but 3 this month but the maximum daily total for any one station is still only 13.0 mm. I have seen reports from other stations around NM of well over 50 mm events. This disparity is exemplified by the difference between Albuquerque and the Sevilleta.

July 9th Thursday Night UNM Sevilleta Field Station Summer Seminar-Anny Chung

Thursday night, July 9, 2015, the UNM Sevilleta Field Station Summer Seminar speaker is Anny Chung presenting "Two Stories About Plant-Fungal Interactions."  Anny is a graduate student at UNM in the Department of Biology. Her research focuses on how plant-microbial interactions alter plant species population dynamics, coexistence, and community structure. Specifically, she is testing how feedbacks between plants and their soil microbial associates may drive long term coexistence dynamics in desert grasses

Sevilleta LTER Overview

The Sevilleta LTER (SEV) studies fundamental ecological concepts and theories through a comprehensive and interdisciplinary research program guided by the general question:how do abiotic drivers and constraints affect the pulse dynamics and stability of aridland populations, communities and ecosystems?   We focus intensively on Chihuahuan desert grassland and shrubland, juniper savanna and pinon-juniper (PJ) woodland around the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in the Rio Grande Valley in central New Mexico. Read More