Understanding the Impact of Invasive Species on the Rio Grande (FREE half-day trip)

How do invasive species impact the Rio Grande Valley's ecosystem composition? We explore the answer with Dr. Yadéeh Sawyer at the Rio Grande Valley Nature Center in Albuquerque, NM.

We start by examining and identifying microorganisms within the Discovery Pond. Then, we investigate the impact of invasive species on the riparian habitat along the bosque trail. Students will complete a scavenger hunt to learn about scientific observation.  A science journal will be provided to allow students to document their observations, both written and illustrative.  At the end of our trip, we will synthesize our observations. 

This event is free for UNM undergraduates. Prior experience with field work is not required.  This event is especially great for first- and second-year students who are interested in exploring different STEM disciplines or learning more about research. Students should be prepared to hike about 2 miles during this event.

Tentative Schedule

  • 8:00 AM - Leave UNM Main Campus
  • 8:45 AM - Identify microorganisms in pond
  • 9:45 AM - Walk around the Bosque & Scavenger Hunt
  • 2:00 PM - Return to UNM Main Campus

Free box lunch will be provided. Please contact Tara Hackel with any questions at tshackel@unm.edu or 505-277-0417.

Registration Deadline: Jul 7, 2015

Event Details

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Instructor: Dr. Yadéeh Sawyer
Who can attend:
Meet at: EDUC 212
Location: Rio Grande Valley Nature Center
What to bring:
Days: Tuesday

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