Dr. Karen Mabry
Associate 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

Link to my Google Scholar page 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. She will soon be starting a position with the NM Department of Agriculture.

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 investigated these questions in a population of free-living brush mice in northern California. Rebecca also completed "data science bootcamp" with the Data Incubator, and has just started a job with Amazon in Seattle.
Madeline Strom
Ph.D. student

M.S. (Environmental Science): University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
B.S. (Biology and Spanish): University of Arizona

Maddie just completed her M.S. research on effects of environmental stress on fitness in degus in Chile, and joined the lab in August. She is interested in stress, behavior, social networks, and the effects of all of the above on fitness.

Valerie Brewer

NMSU HHMI undergraduate research scholar

Valerie is interested in conservation genetics, and is completing an independent research project on population genetic structure in song sparrows across an urbanization gradient, in collaboration with the Sewall lab at Virginia Tech. Valerie is majoring in Conservation Ecology with a minor in Genetics.

Lab alumni
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. Tina is now a postdoc at UQAM in Montreal. Link to her webpage here.

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 currently employed by NEON.

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.

Kristen DaVanon

MS 2015 (Biology): New Mexico State University
BS (Conservation Ecology): New Mexico State University

Kristen's MS research focused 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. Kristen is now a game warden in Wyoming.