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Ornithologist Joins NMSU Wildlife Faculty

LAS CRUCES - Martha Desmond joined the fishery and wildlife science faculty at New Mexico State University as an assistant professor on Aug. 2.


She comes to NMSU from Texas A & M University at Kingsville, where she was working on a post-doctoral fellowship with the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute in conjunction with the Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua in Chihuahua, Mexico. She was studying the population and community structure of grassland birds on wintering grounds in northern Mexico.

Desmond's areas of research interest include conservation biology and avian ecology. She will be co-teaching a habitat management course during the fall semester.

Desmond earned a doctorate in wildlife ecology with an emphasis in conservation biology/genetics from the University of Nebraska in 1997. She also earned her master's degree in wildlife ecology from the University of Nebraska. She got her bachelor's degree in environmental studies from Wells College in Aurora, N.Y.

She is a member of the Society for Conservation Biology, the Wildlife Society and the American Ornithologist's Union.

Desmond is a native of Melrose, Mass. Her hobbies include gardening, hiking, reading and photography.