Jemez Mountains Field Station

Las Conchas Fire 2011. Photo by Collin Haffey, USGS.
Bandelier National Monument
15 Entrance Rd
Los Alamos, NM 87544
505–672–3861 ext.722

The Jemez Mountains Field Station is an interagency research and management partnership between the US Geological Survey and the National Park Service located at Bandelier National Monument in northern New Mexico. We use long-term ecological monitoring, and place-based observation to develop cutting edge basic ecological research that often has broader regional and global implications.

Our partnership, and co-location, with the National Park Service provides us with opportunities to interpret our research findings to land managers, from multiple agencies, through high quality conversations about landscape patterns and processes. We often work together to develop strategies to maintain or restore keystone ecosystem function.

Working for over three decades in the Jemez Mountains and surrounding area of northern New Mexico, we have created a holistic approach to a deep ecological understanding of the surrounding landscapes. We have worked to understand ecological history as well as human history in the region, and consider the two strongly linked. We are specialists in these landscapes and have maintained a consistent focus on the most pressing research needs. This dedication has allowed us to facilitate ample research in, and around, the Jemez Mountains. We have been able to leverage our connections with other researchers to work synergistically and develop a wide range of ecological studies, from historical reconstructions of wild fire to future predictions for Southwestern forests. Overall, the Jemez is one of the best understood mountain ranges in the United States.

We use our understanding of present and historical conditions to frame questions about the future. Because of our a rich understanding of past landscape changes we are well positioned to understand just how far departed recent changes are from historic analogs. For the past decade we have been involved in the Western Mountain Initiative, a interdisciplinary and interagency group who’s goal is to understand how mountainous ecosystems of the West will adapt to climate change.

We view northern New Mexico, and in particular the Jemez Mountains as a harbinger of future landscape responses to anthropogenic climate forcing. We hope to learn for the changes in our landscape to help ameliorate changes in other areas through our research and by assisting in the development science based management strategies. We are always on the look out for new partners, please contact us to discuss any ideas.

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