Text Box: Micah Daboub, a graduate student, in the project of eradication of invasive Bullfrogs.
Text Box: Welcome to the NMHU Vertebrate Ecology Lab
Text Box: The vertebrate field ecology lab at NMHU, run by Dr. Jesús Rivas, deals with diverse projects related to ecology, behavior, restoration and conservation of wildlife and its habitats, mostly, in Northern New Mexico.  Among the projects we are working on are the response of the native aquatic fauna to the eradication of invasive Bullfrog in the Mora River.  
   Although the emphasis of our lab is restoration ecology, we tackle just about any project with wildlife that we feel compelled to.  Because of this there our projects deal with Crayfish (an invasive one), fishes, Leopard frogs and other amphibians, snakes, mice, snapping turtles, all the way to black bears and elk.  Beyond the organismal aspect of our study we are also very diverse.  Our topics of study deal with eradication of invasive and the response of the native organisms, alternate state equilibriums that the community may reach, impact of fire on the amphibian community,  gene flow associated with habitat degradation, including hybrid status of frogs in response to climate change, as well as management issues such as studying the biology of urban bears and management of elk in the native American reservations. 
Text Box: Jesus A. Rivas
New Mexico Highlands University
Dept of Biology 
1005 Diamond Ave. 
Las Vegas NM 87701

Phone: 505-454-3292

E-mail: rivas@nmhu.edu

Text Box: Students hard at work.  Eradication of Bullfrogs in the Rio Mora.  From left to right:  Justin Saiz, Molly Wright, Steven Garcia, Micah Daboub.
Text Box: Northern Leopard Frog (Lithobates pipiens) suspect of hybridizing with plains Leopard frog (L. blairii)
Text Box: Casey Taylor, graduate student, holding tranquilized bear Margaret in Raton NM.  Casey study is shedding light on the biology of urban bears
Visitor Number: