Amphibians & Reptiles

Amphibians & Reptiles

With more than 95,000 specimens, the Division of Amphibians & Reptiles has steadily grown to become one of the largest herpetological collections in the western US. Personnel and associates conduct research in the American Southwest and throughout Latin America. The division is the primary repository of specimens for the New Mexico Dept. of Game and Fish.

Arthropods

Arthropods

Division of Arthropods maintains collections of specimens gathered worldwide. These serve as the basis for discovery of new species and systematic studies of amazing diversity. More than 350 families and 2,300 species are represented in this rapidly growing arthropod collection.

Birds

Birds

The Division of Birds contains more than 40,000 specimens, which represent all bird orders and 85 percent of bird families. The collection contains historic specimens of threatened, endangered, and extinct species such as the passenger pigeon. The largest holdings are from the American Southwest, Peru, and South America.

Fishes

Fishes

The Division of Fishes has 95,000 cataloged lots of fishes - more than 4 million individual specimens. Collections of eggs, larvae, and adults aid in the study of the specialized ecology of desert fishes. The division is the primary repository for academic and agency biologists in New Mexico.

Genomic Resources

Genomic Resources

The Division of Genomic Resources (DGR) maintains more than 460,000 archived tissue samples and nucleic acids from over 200,000 specimens of mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish. The DGR collection is global in scope, representing taxa from over 30 countries. Our mission is to maintain a permanent reference archive of frozen tissues and DNA to aid in understanding the complexity of biological diversity and to address critical biological problems such as emerging pathogens, habitat degradation, pollution, climate change, and invasive species.

Herbarium

Herbarium

The herbarium houses 130,000 plant specimens dating back to the 1800s. The collection primarily contains vascular plants, but it also contains lichen, mosses, and fungi. The herbarium also has a library, reprint collection, and a laboratory for cytogenetics.

Mammals

Mammals

With more than 300,000 specimens, this division is among the world's three largest mammal collections. Specimens represent more than 1,700 species from localities all over the world, with especially large holdings from Panama, Bolivia, Siberia, Mongolia, Alaska, Canada, and the American Southwest.

Parasites

Parasites

The Division of Parasitology holds the third largest collection of parasites in North America. There are nearly 30,000 cataloged parasites, including a growing schistosome archive. This collection is unique in that most parasites are tied directly to the host specimen, allowing powerful integrated views of coevolution.

Natural Heritage New Mexico

Natural Heritage New Mexico

Natural Heritage New Mexico (NHNM) does research on the conservation and sustainable management of New Mexico's biodiversity. We have New Mexico's only state-wide rare species and ecosystems database (NM Biotics) which helps shape conservation efforts. NHNM does biology research and education in the context of conservation and climate change.

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.

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The University of New Mexico is Hiring two faculty-curators

July 9, 2019

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 Assistant Professor & Curator of the Herbarium
Assistant Professor & Curator of Herpetology

We invite applications for two tenure-track faculty-curator positions at the Museum of Southwestern Biology (MSB), a natural history collections facility within the Department of Biology of the University of New Mexico (UNM). Each position will be Assistant Professor of Biology; one will be Curator of the Herbarium, and the other will be Curator of Herpetology.

We seek colleagues with demonstrated commitments to (1) collecting and curating natural history specimens; (2) using specimens to address fundamental questions in biology; (3) pursuing a vigorous, externally funded research program; (4) advancing the integration of specimens into the fields of botany or herpetology, respectively; (5) achieving excellence in teaching and mentoring; and (6) diversity, equity, inclusion, student access, as well as working with a diverse community.

UNM is both a research intensive university (Carnegie R1) and a minority-majority institution. It is located in Albuquerque, a city with a rich cultural heritage in a biodiverse, scenic landscape. The Department of Biology is family-friendly and comprises ~30 tenure-track faculty members (https://biology.unm.edu/core-faculty.shtml), ~1500 undergraduate majors, a thriving graduate training program, and a vibrant portfolio of extramurally funded research.

The MSB (https://msb.unm.edu/) includes eight organismal collections, each headed by a faculty-curator, managed by a full-time collection manager, and charged with a shared mission: to collect and curate biodiversity specimens and information to advance understanding of earth's biota over time and space. MSB holds over four million specimens that contribute to >150 scientific publications annually, and it is a leading institution in the use and development of informatics resources (https://arctosdb.org/). MSB's cryo-collections comprise more than one-half million samples and are heavily used for basic research ranging from genomics to ecology. The MSB Herbarium is a fully digitized and >85% imaged collection of ~140,000 plant specimens, representing >10,700 taxa. The MSB Collection of Amphibians and Reptiles is a fully digitized collection of ~100,000 specimens, with a strong history of supporting research on ecology, systematics, and conservation biology.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three representative reprints, names of three references, and four two-page statements addressing past, present, and future efforts in (1) research, (2) curation, (3) teaching, and (4) diversity and inclusion. A Ph.D. in the life sciences is required at the time of application, and post-doctoral experience is preferred before the start of the appointment. For complete requirements and to apply, visit UNM's jobs website for the appropriate position:
Assistant Professor and Curator of the Herbarium: https://tinyurl.com/yxmk7qgu
Assistant Professor and Curator of Herpetology. https://tinyurl.com/y6z44b68

For best consideration, application materials must be received by September 16, 2019. Questions related to this posting may be directed to search committee chairs, Christopher Witt (cwitt@unm.edu) for the Curator of the Herbarium, and Joe Cook (cookjose@unm.edu) for the Curator of Herpetology.

UNM is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Educator. Women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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