The NMSU Biology Department with the support of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is increasing persistence in science by nurturing students’ interest in science and providing support for them to succeed in their majors.This is accomplished by:

  • enhancing NMSU biology courses to incorporate a research-based component,
  • by providing in and out of classroom support to students through peer instructors and peer advisers, and
  • by offering undergraduate research opportunities.


Biology Seminar Speaker Series Spring 2020, Foster Hall 231, 4-5 pm

February 20. Thomas Eiting, University of Utah: “Making Sense of Scents: Functional Morphology and Olfactory Airflow in the Nasal Cavity of Mammals”.

February 27. Kenny Chapin, University of Arizona: “The Evolution of Animal Contests”.

March 5. Jonathan Alberts, University of Washington: TBD

March 12. Alan Mabry, NMSU: TBD

March 19. Eric Griffin, New Mexico Highlands University: “The Little Things That Run the World: Understanding Plant Community Dynamics through the (Small) Lens of Microbiomes”.

April 2. Danielle Miyagishima, Yale School of Medicine: “The Importance of Transcription Factor Networks and Clonal Heterogeneity in Treating Brain Tumors: A Pharmacogenomic Approach”.

April 9. Henry Adams, Oklahoma State University: “Influences of Temperature and Ontogeny on the Physiology of Tree Mortality “.

April 16. Chris McClure, The Peregrine Fund: TBD

April 23. Department of Biology Student Travel Award Winners.

April 30. Vanessa Gonzalez, Smithsonian Institute: TBD


Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences’ Graduate Seminar Series

Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 200, 3:30 pm

Research Scholars Graduation Fall 2019

Shellby Tacheney and Mentor Eric Scholljegerdes

Xavier Jimenez and Mentor Immo Hansen

Rosalba Marquez and Mentor Donovan Bailey

Monica Cordova and Mentor Gary Roemer

Program Director Michèle Shuster and Co-Director Tim Wright

Luke Sanchez and Mentor Jennifer Curtiss

Kevin Cisneros and Mentor Graciela Unguez

Julia Yescas and Mentor Emily Indriolo

Jordan Gass and Mentor Kathy Hanley

Jackelyn Rocha and Mentor Amanda Ashley


Concepcion Sanchez and Mentor Jessica Houston

Chad Erickson and Ramesh Chinnasami









Alejandra Cobos and Mentor Emily Indriolo

All Research Scholars and Chancellor Dan Arvizu