Profile of Dr. Robert Parmenter
Valles Caldera National Preserve, US Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 359, 18161 State Highway 4
Jemez Springs, New Mexico 87025
Phone: (505) 428-7727
Current position: Scientific Services Division Director at Valles Caldera National Preserve, USDA
Parmenter is responsible for organizing and coordinating the scientific research, inventory and monitoring programs on the Valles Caldera National Preserve. These programs include long term studies in meteorology, hydrology, geology, forest and grassland restoration and management, wildlife and fisheries ecology, fire ecology and management, biodiversity, and archaeology. His scientific research interests include studies on ecosystem disturbance, fire ecology, climatic influences on plant and animal populations, successional processes, plant-animal interactions, predator-prey relationships of both vertebrates and invertebrates, decomposition and nutrient cycling, and the ecology of zoonotic diseases (specifically hantavirus, plague, and West Nile virus).