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NMSU's Fishery and Wildlife Adds Island Fox Expert

LAS CRUCES -- Gary Roemer joined New Mexico State University's fishery and wildlife science department as an assistant professor.

Roemer teaches courses in natural history of vertebrates, and wildlife law and policy. His research focuses on the ecological influence of prairie dogs on desert grassland communities. His prior university research dealt with island foxes and golden eagles.

"There is a lot of research opportunity here," he said. "It seems like an interesting place to work." Roemer also admits to enjoying the reduced traffic load of Las Cruces' roadways. Prior to coming to NMSU, he was based in Los Angeles.

A native of Kenosha, Wis., he received a doctorate in biology from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1999 and a master's degree in natural resources from Humboldt State University in 1989. His dissertation was on the ecology and conservation of the Island Fox.

Roemer is also the recipient of the Robert Lasiewski Award for Outstanding Research Accomplishments in Organismic Biology. Roemer completed his undergraduate work in life sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.