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Ecology Program

Understanding the status and trends of ecosystems in the changing environments of the 21st century

•Research –- we conduct applied research on the impacts of climate change, fire, and land use on New Mexico’s ecosystems to support management and inform policy. 

•Monitoring – we maintain a vegetation monitoring database to support long-term trend analysis of ecosystems across New Mexico and the Southwest.

•Vegetation Classification and Inventory – over the past 25 years NHNM has classified and mapped vegetation on over 2 million acres in New Mexico.  We have amassed a database of over 15,000 vegetation plots with over 200,000 plant records. 

For information on services and data contact: Dr. Esteban Muldavin,