The Arid Lands Field Station is a part of the Trust Species and Habitats Branch of the USGS Fort Collins Science Center. Field station scientists conduct research on natural resource and wildlife issues, with particular emphasis on Southwestern ecosystems. Scientists have expertise on mammals, birds, and arthropods, including state and federally listed species and species of special management concern. They also conduct applied studies to address management issues related to ecosystem dynamics, species responses to natural and human-induced change, emergent wildlife diseases, and the Southwestern habitats that are important to these taxa.
The location of the Arid Lands Field Station at the University of New Mexico provides opportunities for academic partnerships with faculty, staff, and graduate students; offers employment opportunities for students; and facilitates access to additional resources such as libraries and the Museum of Southwestern Biology. In addition, staff members interact with many of the state and federal agencies in the region, and have the ability to draw on the expertise and resources of the Fort Collins Science Center.
An important USGS scientific collection of vertebrates from the Rocky Mountains and Intermountain West is housed at the University of New Mexico, Museum of Southwestern Biology (MSB), where USGS is negotiating a repository agreement with MSB. Dating from the 1920s, the USGS Biological Survey’s Collection includes endangered fishes from the upper Colorado River Basin, as well as birds, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals from Federal lands, and serves as a repository for specimens taken in support of Federal research in the West.
USGS Arid Lands Field Station (ALFS), UNM Biology Department MSC03 2020, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001, FAX: 505-277-0316
|Directions to the Arid Lands Field Station
From the north: 1. take I-25 south 2. take the Central Ave./Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. exit (exit 224B) 3. the off ramp will merge with Locust St. 4. turn left onto Central Ave. 5. refer to the map below for parking and directions to the buildings. From the south: 1. take I-25 north 2. take the Central Ave./Lead-Coal Ave. exit (exit 224A) 3. the off ramp will merge with Oak St. 4. turn right onto Central Ave. 5. refer to the map below for parking and directions to the buildings. Parking options: 1. visitor parking garage on Redondo Dr. 2. parking meters on Redondo Dr. and Central Ave. 3. parking lots on Yale Blvd. 4. government vehicles may park in any “B” lot on campus.