Museum of Southwestern Biology

Undergraduate Opportunities Program

Museum of Southwestern Biology

The Museum of Southwestern Biology is a research and teaching facility in the Department of Biology at the University of New Mexico.

open weekdays 8am - 5pm
visitors welcome by appointment
information for visitors

phone: (505) 277-1360
fax: (505) 277-1351
museum administrator


Museum of Southwestern Biology
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

University of New Mexico
302 Yale Blvd NE
CERIA 83, Room 204
Albuquerque, NM, USA 87131


College Visits

Diné College

The UnO Program organized a full-day visit for students and staff from Diné College Shiprock and Tsaile campuses. Students got a tour of the Museum of Southwestern Biology (MSB) and other programs here at UNM.

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

Students from SIPI took a tour of the MSB with the assistance of UnO Mentors.

UNM Gallup Campus

Mentor Dr. Chris Himes visited UNM's Gallup campus and reported that "there seems to be a lot of eager students looking for connections to our campus and eager to do research. We got a lot of comments like 'I didn't know people can do that' in regards to studying biodiversity."

Joe Cook (PI), Sylvia Brunner (previous coordinator) and Theresa C. Hyde (previous Graduate Student Coordinator) also visited the university and did two presentations; one to college students studying biology-related subjects (e.g., nursing, chemistry), and a second to high school general biology students.


Oglala Lakota College

After attending the 90th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists, UnO students Hiyatsi Bassett and Randle McCain participated in field training with MSB's Mammal Department in the Laramie Mountains of Wyoming. Also on the field trip were Alessandra Higa, a conservation biology instructor and researcher from Oglala Lakota College (OLC) and two of her students, Rebecca Bingham and Ree Pavy West.

After the experience, Instructor Higa wrote "I wish to have better words (than THANK YOU) that demonstrate how thankful I am for the opportunity you guys provide us (Oglala Lakota College) at the Medicine Bow Nat. Forest, WY.  It was a great experience been in the field with you to learn different techniques and strategies of collecting and sampling small mammals.  I am also glad to have the time to discuss some of my ideas with you (Jason and Andrew).  Moreover, it was nice to observe how a GREAT TEAM works: organization, experience, leadership, teaching skills, efficiency, friendship, etc… (e.g. always impressed me the way that Jason just look at or say numbers/words and Andrew always knew what was about)! Special thanks to the cooks, great food!!! Thank you to Randle for showing us the world of the endoparasites, and to Hiyatsi for sharing her experience of having been a community college-UNM student.  My undergraduate students are feeling more confident towards the Mammalogical world as well as pursuing higher education.  We definitely had a wonderful time with all of you! Special thanks to Dr. Cook for this opportunity! We will be looking forward for the next one!"