Faculty

Dr. Scott Bundy, Ph.D.

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Professor, Entomology and Director of NMSU Arthropod Museum
Work Phone: (575) 646-3171
E-mail: cbundy@nmsu.edu
Office: Skeen Hall, Room N220
Laboratory: Skeen Hall, Room W242

My research foci are 1) the integrated pest management of arthropods impacting field crops in NM, particularly alfalfa and cotton, and 2) the bionomics and morphology of the Heteroptera, primarily the Pentatomoidea. Specifically, I am working on the seasonal biology, management, and injury impact of several insect pest species, including the alfalfa weevil and western tarnished plant bug, and in on the biology of beneficial arthropods in agricultural systems. I also have many projects on stink bugs and their relatives (Pentatomoidea) and am particularly interested in the morphology of immature Heteroptera.


Dr. Rebecca Creamer, Ph.D.

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Professor, Plant Virology
Work Phone: (575) 646-3068
E-mail: creamer@taipan.nmsu.edu
Office: Skeen Hall, Room N248
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Dr. Natalie Goldberg, Ph.D.

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Professor, Plant Pathology & Extension Plant Pathologist
Work Phone: (575) 646-1621
E-mail: ngoldber@nmsu.edu
Office: Skeen Hall, Room N140A
Laboratory: Skeen Hall, Room W242


Dr. Leslie Beck, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor, Extension Weed Specialist
Work Phone: (575) 646-2888
E-mail: lebeck@nmsu.edu
Office: Skeen Hall, Room N222


Dr. Steve Hanson, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor, Molecular Plant Pathology
Work Phone: (575) 646-5073
E-mail: shanson@nmsu.edu
Office: Skeen Hall, Room N322
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Dr. Erik Lehnhoff

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Assistant Professor, Weed Ecology
Work Phone: (575) 646-2328
E-mail: lehnhoff@nmsu.edu
Office: Skeen Hall, Room N236
Laboratory: Skeen Hall, Room W241

My research program focuses on: (1) quantifying the impacts of weeds on desirable vegetation (crops and rangeland species) both directly and indirectly through interactions with other organisms, (2) understanding the mechanisms and processes of plant invasions, (3) assessing how cropping systems affect weed-crop dynamics mediated through soil biota, and (4) evaluating control methods for weeds within rangeland and agroecosystem contexts. The goals of this research are to develop an understanding of the complex ecological interactions of weeds with their environment, and use to this knowledge to create more sustainable rangelands and agroecosystems. Other interests include tritrophic interactions, biological control, apparent competition, weed-pollinator interactions, and invasive and native plant community responses to disturbance.


Mr. Brad Lewis

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Assistant Professor, Insect IPM Specialist
Work Phone: (575) 646-6339
E-mail: blewis@nmsu.edu
Office: Skeen Hall, Room N228
Laboratory: Watts Labs


Dr. Abdel O. Mesbah, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor, Superintendent Agricultural Science Center
Work Phone: (575) 985-2292 ext 123, (575)-791-1904
Fax: 575-985-2419
E-mail: aomebah@nmsu.edu
Office: Skeen Hall, Room N141


Dr. Jane Pierce, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor, Economic Entomologist
Work Phone: (575) 748-1228
E-mail: japierce@nmsu.edu
Office: Artesia Science Center 67 E. Four Dinkus Rd. Artesia, NM. 88210


Dr. Jennifer Randall, Ph.D.

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Research Associate Professor
Work Phone: (575) 646-2920
E-mail: jrandall@nmsu.edu
Office: Skeen Hall, Room N208
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The Randall Lab is focused on the genetic and molecular mechanisms of plant development and plant microbe interactions. We work with several pathogens that include bacteria, oomycetes, and fungal species that infect plants. We also study the innate plant 'immune' system and how to activate the immune system to help protect plants from pathogen invasion.


Dr. Alvaro Romero, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor, Urban Entomology
Work Phone: (575) 646-5550
E-mail: aromero2@nmsu.edu
Office: Skeen Hall, Room N256
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My research interests and activities are based upon my desire to work at the interface of urban entomology, chemical ecology, toxicology, and animal behavior. The approach I take strikes a balance between basic and applied research. My career objectives are to 1) explore research opportunities into insects in the urban environment at an institution fostering collaborative relationships; 2) serve as an educator and mentor to future scientists; and 3) serve as a bridge between the scientific community and minority groups to educate on identification, biology, and effective ways to prevent and reduce the impact of urban pests. I am particularly interested in basic and applied research on bed bugs. This blood sucking insect has resurged as the most pressing emerging issue in urban entomology reducing quality of life in affected people. The sudden resurgence of bed bugs and the limited knowledge of their biology presents many challenges for the bed bug management today. Thus, my research objectives are designed to provide not only practical information for the pest control industry and its stakeholders, but also to begin to resolve the knowledge vacuum that surrounds this pest.


Dr. Soum Sanogo, Ph.D.

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Professor, Fungal Plant Pathology
Work Phone: (575) 646-3577
E-mail: ssanogo@nmsu.edu
Office: Skeen Hall, Room N252
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My research on soilborne diseases includes the following components: 1) etiology and ecology/epidemiology of soilborne pathogens; 2) soil amendments with biorational products, green manures, and crop residues for disease control; 3) disease resistance and pathogen race characterization; 4) pathogen nutrition and physiology; and 5) pathogenic interactions. The scope of my research spans a wide array of diseases including Phytophthora blight, Verticillium wilt, seedling diseases, stem rot and stem blight, anthracnose, bacterial leaf spot, bacterial wilt, fruit and pod rot, and root rot. In addition to the work on soilborne pathogens, I am also conducting research in aerobiology, with emphasis on fungal microorganisms in dust particulate matters and rainwater. This a collaborative research aimed at assessing the quality of air in the borderland with Mexico, with collaborators from New Mexico State University and Mexico. Expected impacts in this area are the development of air quality indicators and identification of remedial measures for improving environmental quality.


Dr. Brian Schutte, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor, Weed Physiology and Ecology
Work Phone: (575) 646-7082
E-mail: bschutte@nmsu.edu
Office: Skeen Hall, Room N224
Laboratory: Skeen Hall, Room W241

The primary objective of my research program is to better understand the endogenous and exogenous factors that influence weed seed banks in New Mexico agroecosystems. With respect to this objective, we conduct field and laboratory experiments to clarify: 1) the environmental drivers of weed seedbank depletion and weed seedling emergence, 2) the inherent controls over weed seed persistence in soil, and 3) the impacts of weed seedbank density on weed control outcomes. Our goal is to develop novel and practical approaches for managing weed seed banks, which are principal sources of weed infestations in New Mexico crop fields. Additional projects in my laboratory focus on growth, reproduction and spread of toxic and noxious weeds in New Mexico rangelands.


Dr. Gerald Sims, Ph.D.

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Professor and Department Head
Work Phone: (575) 646-3225
E-mail: gksims@ad.nmsu.edu
Office: Skeen Hall, Room N141


Dr. Steve Thomas, Ph.D.

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Distinguished Professor, Nematology
Work Phone: (575) 646-2321
E-mail: stthomas@nmsu.edu
Office: Skeen Hall, Room N232
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Dr. David Thompson, Ph.D.

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Professor, Associate Dean & Director, NM Agricultural Experiment Station Admin
Work Phone:
E-mail: dathomps@nmsu.edu
Office: Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 220