People of NMC


Director of the Herbarium

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Sara Fuentes-Soriano, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Curator, Plant Systematics

Animal and Range Sciences, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

Specialty : Brassicaceae - American (Southwestern US and Mexico)

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Curator

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Zachary Rogers, M.S.

Professor and Botanist

Animal and Range Sciences, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

Specialty : plant taxonomy, nomenclature, tropical vascular plants; study groups - Thymelaeaceae, Weinmannia (Cunoniaceae), Garcinia (Clusiaceae), etc.

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Associated Faculty

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Donovan Bailey, Ph.D

Associate Professor, Plant Systematics

Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences

Specialty : Brassicaceae, Leucaena (Leguminosae)

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Nicole Pietrasiak, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Environmental Soil Microbiology

Plant and Environmental Sciences Department, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

Specialty : Biodiversity of soil crust communities

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Richard Spellenberg, Ph.D.

Emeritus Curator (Volunteer), Plant Systematics

Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences

Specialty : Asteraceae, Nyctagynaceae, Fagaceae ( Quercus)


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Kelly Allred, Ph.D.

Emeritus Curator, Plant Systematics

Animal and Range Sciences, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

Specialty : Poaceae, range and poisonous plants, Bryophytes


Herbarium Students and Interns

Marisa Mancillas

Marisa Mancillas, Master Graduate Student

Animal and Range Sciences, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

Research Project: Historical Ecology project investigating biogeographic shifts among plant species along an elevational gradient in response to climate global change at the Organ Mountains, NM.

Interests: Rangeland ecology, botany, ecology, restoration, historical ecology, ethnobotany, gardening, leadership, and mentoring.


Micah_Funk

Micah Funk, Master Graduate Student

Animal and Range Sciences, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

Research Project: Oryx and cattle breeds interaction in desert rangeland vegetation and soils of the Chihuahuan Desert, NM.

Interests: Range ecology and restoration, gardening, carpentry, livestock, and water use efficient agriculture.

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Tiana Nez

Tiana Nez, Master Graduate Student

Animal and Range Sciences, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

Research Project: Impacts of Seed Source in Seed Dormancy and Germination of Restoration-Relevant Spike Dropseed Grass and Tanseyleaf Aster Species in the Chihuahuan Desert

Interests: Range ecology and restoration

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Alicia_Marmolejo

Alicia Marmolejo, Masters Graduate Student
Plant and Environmental Sciences, College of Agricultural, Consumer Environmental Sciences

Research Projects:

Interests: Rangeland ecology, botany, and soil science


Takoda Cano

Takoda Cano, Intern (undergraduate)

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences

Herbarium project: Herbarium digitization, plant specimen mounting and repair, and plant-related literature searching

Interests: I am a fashion major here at NMSU. I enjoy sketching, art, sci-fi movies, and design just to name a few things.


Herbarium Associates

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Carolyn Gressit, Volunteer (Data-basing, filing, etc.)

Plant enthusiast, President of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico Las Cruces Chapter

Specialty or Interests : plants (and most other living things), music & dance, & hiking.


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Julie Groth-Sorensen, Volunteer (Specimen data verification, cataloging library materials and creating written protocols for various tasks)

Specialty or Interests : Plant, bird, garden, hiking and cooking enthusiast


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John Freyermuth, Volunteer (Herbarium library)

Membership secretary, Native Plant Society of New Mexico Las Cruces Chapter

Specialty or Interests:

1) Updating and maintaining plant lists for local trails, canyons, and other small natural areas such as wetlands, parks, and monuments;
2) basic plant identification
3) Ecology
4) Reading


Chery Beyer

Cheryl Beymer, Volunteer (Specimen mounting - moss collection)

Specialty or Interests : Learning about plants, birding and hiking


Former NMC members

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Lillis Urban, Ph.D.

Former NMC Curator

Specialty : Brassicaceae, vascular plants


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Patrick Alexander, Ph.D.

Former NMC Curator

Specialty : All things plants...

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Former Herbarium Interns

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Chloe Battista, B.S. Conservation Biology

Lead Field Botanist, Chicago Botanical Garden (2020-present)

Interests: Conservation and restoration of threatened & endangered floras, ethnobotany


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Trystan Harpold, B.S. Conservation Biology

Graduate Student University of Missouri - Columbia, Master Student (2020 - present)

Interest: Forestry


Sarah Ramirez

Sarah Ramirez, B.S. Horticulture

Graduate Student New Mexico State University - Master Student (2022 - present)