Popular Articles

The Museum of Southwestern Biology’s profile of our book on:
Holistic approaches to conservation of desert wetland ecosystems (full details at read more)

The plight of Cuatro Cienegas:

Chronicling loss of the Rio Churince System:
Cuatro Cienegas Blog:

Conservation Organizations and Partner NGOs
The Desert Fishes Council:
Pronatura Noreste:
World Wildlife Fund, Mexico:
Amigos del Pandeño, Julimes, Chihuahua, Mexico:ño

Primary Collaborators
Dr. Thomas F. Turner– University of New Mexico. Tom and I collaborate on genetic monitoring of Rio Grande silvery minnow. This work includes forward-simulation modeling of population genetic dynamics of this critically endangered species.

Mauricio De la Maza-Benignos Director de Conservación de Pronatura Noreste, A.C., Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. Mauricio and I collaborate on conservation, and management of desert fishes and their habitats, including projects involving habitat restoration and refuge establishment and monitoring for critically endangered species that are endemic to desert springs. Our work is concentrated in Chihuahua, México,  but also includes projects in Coahuila and Nuevo León.  We collaborate extensively with Lourdes Lozano (below).

Dr. Todd Miller Supervisor, Fisheries Research Section of the Division of Fish and Wildlife, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Todd and I are collaborating on projects to assess population genetic variation and structure of coral reef fishes of the Marianas Archipelago. 

Dra. María de Lourdes Lozano-Vilano– Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas, Laboratorio de Ictiología, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. Lourdes and I collaborate with Mauricio De la Maza (above) on studies of the evolutionary and conservation genetics of endemic and native desert fishes of México. 

Dr. Megan J. OsborneAssistant Research Professor, University of New Mexico. Megan and I collaborate on genetic monitoring of Rio Grande silvery minnow. This work includes forward-simulation modeling of population genetic dynamics of this critically endangered species.

Dr. John R. GoldTexas A&M University. Former postdoctoral advisor. Our research involves genetic monitoring of the red drum hatchery-supplementation program in Texas, as well as conservation genetic assessments of imperiled Texas cyprinids (Cyprinella and Dionda).

Dr. Thomas E. Dowling– Wayne State University. Former Ph.D. advisor (at Arizona State University). We collaborate on conservation genetic monitoring of the federally endangered razorback sucker (Xyrauchen texanus) and on the phylogeography of stonerollers (Campostoma).

Dra. Valeria Souza– Universidad Autonoma de Mexico. Valeria and I are long-time collaborators on research and conservation efforts in the Cuatro Cienegas basin.

Dr. Michi Tobler– Oklahoma State University. We are interested in the relationships between environmental variation, hybridization, and phenotypic diversification in pupfishes.

*Dr. W. L. Minckley Arizona State University. Deceased. I will forever be indebted to Minck for introducing me to Cuatro Cienegas and lighting the fire of my passion for the Southwest, its ecosystems and  fauna, and especially desert fishes. In an important sense, I will always be working in collaboration with Minck.

Professional Affiliations and Organizations
Latin American and Iberian Institute, University of New Mexico, LAII Affiliated Faculty
American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
Desert Fishes Council
Society for the Study of Evolution
Southwestern Association of Naturalists
Western North American Naturalist


website security

Leave a Reply