Dr. Karen Mabry
Assistant Professor
, Department of Biology
Postdoc (Behavioral Genetics): Miami University (OH)

PhD (Animal Behavior): University of California, Davis

MS (Ecology): University of Georgia

BS (Biological Sciences): Clemson University

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Tina Wey

Postdoc:  NMSU
Postdoc: UC Davis
PhD (Biology): UCLA
BA (Biology): Rutgers

Tina is interested in variation in social behavior, social network approaches, animal personality/behavioral syndromes, and dispersal. Link to her webpage here.

Graduate Students

Gizelle Hurtado

Ph.D. Student
MS (Environmental Studies): San Jose State University

BS (Wildlife): Humboldt State University

Gizelle is interested in the influences of urbanization and habitat fragmentation on small mammals, particularly how urbanization affects individual behavior, population genetic structure, and parasite load.
She is currently working with populations of Merriam's kangaroo rat in and around Las Cruces, NM.

Rebecca Kelley
Ph.D. Student

MA (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology): Columbia University
BS (Zoology): Miami University

Rebecca is interested in how environmental and social stress during early development affect later dispersal behavior. She is currently working on these questions in a population of free-living brush mice in northern California.

Kristen DaVanon

M.S. Student

BS (Conservation Ecology): New Mexico State University

Kristen's MS research focuses on the interactions between small mammals and their predators, and how those interactions may influence state transitions from grassland to shrubland in the Chihuahuan Desert.
Co-advisors and collaborators: Dr. Brandon Bestelmeyer (USDA Jornada Experimental Range), Dr. Bob Schooley (University of Illinois).

Undergraduate Students

Maria Chavez

Maria is a Conservation Ecology major and a MARC undergraduate research fellow. She is conducting research on the effects of rearing temperature on survival, development, morphology, and the outcome of competitive interactions in dragonflies.
Co-advisors and collaborators: Dr. Shannon McCauley (University of Toronto), Dr. John Hammond (University of New Mexico)

Lindsey Howard

Lindsey is a Conservation Ecology major and a HHMI undergraduate research fellow. Her project focuses on the effects of population density on spatial genetic structure in Merriam's kangaroo rats.

Lab alumni

Katie Smith

MS 2012 (Biology): New Mexico State University    
BS (Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology): University of California, Davis

Katie's MS  research investigated the response of endangered salt marsh harvest mice to tidal influences in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Katie is currently a PhD student in Ecology at UC Davis.

Dana Sanders  
MS 2014 (Biology): New Mexico State University 
BS (Biology): New Mexico State University

Dana's thesis explored the effects of previous habitat experience and individual variation in boldness on habitat preferences in brush mice. 

Dana is currently employed by the Albuquerque Aquarium.

Christopher Wojan

MS 2014 (Biology): New Mexico State University   
BS (Biology): University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Chris's MS research focused on the influence of spatial variation in population density on individual dispersal decisions.

Chris is now a research technician with the Jornada Basin LTER.

Liberty Hightower
MS 2014 (Biology): New Mexico State University   
BS (Biology)
: Grand Valley State University

Liberty is now a curatorial assistant at the Virginia Museum of Natural History.