"UNM Biology" » Albuquerque, New Mexico
The purpose of our Chapter is to promote minority development in ecology, student involvment in ecology/environmental advocacy in their local area, and environmental and ecological awareness at UNM. UNM is a diverse campus making it a good place to encourage minority students to study ecology.
Plans for 2008-2009
- We are planning a field trip in Fall 2008 to Miguel’s land near Taos to help with the corn harvest. In addition, the UNM Biology SEEDS Chapter and the Sevilleta LTER are planning to host a visit by the Northern Arizona University SEEDS Chapter (Faculty advisor Stefan Sommers received his PhD from UNM). We also hope to have representatives from the UTEP SEEDS chapter attend the workshop. UNM Chapter Faculty Advisor went to Northern Arizona University earlier this year to promote research opportunities at the Sevilleta via our recently funded REU Sites Program. We will also visit UTEP this fall. Our goal is to recruit REU students from schools within the regions, particularly our REU partner institutions, NAU and UTEP.
Activities of 2007-2008
- Our chapter met four times during the 2007-2008 school year (twice each semester). The purposes of the meetings were to attract members and to develop ideas for Chapter activities. In addition, members reported on their activities during the school year, including one participant in the SEEDS Field Trip to Mexico. Our last meeting was scheduled near the end of the Spring 2008 Semester. We had a presentation from UNM Graduate Student and local radio host Miguel Santestevan, a native of Taos NM, on acequias, traditional agriculture and sustainability.
- Scott Collins
- Mimi Lam