Current lab members

Christopher C. Witt, PI

Curator of Birds & Director, Museum of Southwestern Biology

Professor, Department of Biology, UNM

Ph.D. Louisiana State University, 2004

B. A. College of the Atlantic, 1997

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Chauncey Gadek, Ph.D. Student

M.S. UNM, 2019

B.S. UNM, 2016

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Oona Takano, Ph.D. Student

M.S. Texas A&M University, 2016

B.S. University of Florida, 2010

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Peter Mattison, Ph.D. Student

M.S. Cornell University, 2006

B.A. Cornell University, 2000

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Marialejandra Castro-Farías, M.S. Student

B.S. Universidad Central de Venezuela, 2017


Kyana Montoya, M.S. Student

B.S. UNM, 2020

Andy Johnson, Collections Manager for MSB Division of Birds

M.S. University of Alaska


Matthew Baumann, MSB Birds Research Associate

M.S. UNM, 2014

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Jessie Williamson, MSB Birds Research Associate

PhD, UNM 2022

Current NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University, Lab of Ornithology, and Museum of Vertebrates

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Ethan Linck, MSB Birds Research Associate

Former NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UNM, 2020-2022

Current NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wyoming

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Donna Schmitt, MSB Birds Research Associate

Greg Schmitt, MSB Birds Research Associate

Sandy Williams, MSB Birds Research Associate

Selected lab alums

Robert W. Dickerman, Curator Emeritus, MSB Division of Birds, 2007-2015

Benefactor, specimen preparator, mentor, role model (1926-2015)

Dani Wiley, Research Associate, B.S. UNM 2021

Current Research Technician, Barrow Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Lab at UNM

Tina Guo, Undergraduate Researcher 2018-2020


LyAndra Lujan, Post-Bac Researcher 2019-2020

B.S. UNM 2019

Current PhD Student, Institute of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Oregon

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Selina Bauernfeind, Post-bac PREP Fellow 2017-2019

Current Computer Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratories

Lisa Barrow, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow 2016-2018

Current Assistant Professor of Biology, UNM & Curator of the Division of Amphibians and Reptiles, Museum of Southwestern Biology

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Rosario Marroquin-Flores, Post-bac PREP Fellow 2016-2017

Current Ph.D. student at Illinois State University

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Paxton Cruz, Undergraduate Researcher 2017-2018

John Ford, Undergraduate Researcher 2017-2018

Andrea Chavez, UNM M.S. 2016

Wildlife, Fish, and Rare Plants Program Manager for the Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands, U.S. Forest Service

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Ariel Gaffney, UNM M.S. 2016

Current Forensic Ornithologist at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Forensics Lab

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Libby Beckman, UNM Ph.D. 2016

Current Postdoctoral Fellow at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley

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Natalie Wright, UNM Ph.D. 2015

Current Assistant Professor of Biology, Kenyon College

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C. Jonathan Schmitt, UNM M.S. 2015 & UNM B.S. 2012

Current Ph.D. Candidate at Harvard University

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Spencer Galen, UNM M.S. 2014

Current Assistant Professor at University of Scranton

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Phred Benham, UNM M.S. 2012

Current Postdoctoral Fellow at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley

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Shane DuBay, UNM M.S. 2012

Current Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan

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Sabrina McNew, Post-Bac Researcher

Current Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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Matt Jones, UNM B.S. 2011

Current Research Associate, USGS Southwest Biological Science Center

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Adrienne Raniszewski, Curatorial Technician, MSB Division of Birds

Current Collections Associate & Staff Coordinator at MSB Division of Mammals

Matt Graus, Post-Bac researcher, UNM B.S. 2009

Current Ph.D. Student, Department of Pathology, UNM


Laura Pagés-Barceló, Post-Bac Researcher

Current Environmental Educator at the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program

Stacey Scroggs, UNM B.S. 2009

Current Ph.D. Student, Department of Biology, New Mexico State University


Doug Whelan, UNM B.S. 2010

Matthew Segura, UNM B.S. 2014, Post-Bac Researcher

Current M.S. Student, UNM

Sebastian Restrepo-Cruz, UNM B.S. 2015, Post-Bac Researcher

Current Research Technician at Cancer Research and Treatment Center at UNM

Cole Wolf, UNM B.S. 2014

Current Ph.D. Student at the University of Montana


Bethany Abrahamson, UNM M.S. 2014, UNM B.S. 2012

Current Zookeeper at the ABQ Biopark

Gerald Bustos, UNM B.S. 2009

Jennifer Clark, UNM B.S. 2012, Post-Bac Researcher

Monica Lucero, UNM B.S. 2008

Current Biologist with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species

Matthew O'Donnell, Post-graduate Research Associate

Iris Olivas, UNM B.S. 2013

Current Post-baccalaureate IRTA, Rocky Mountain Laboratories

Julie Padilla, UNM B.S. 2016

Erika Pohl, UNM B.S. 2013

Current Emergency Veterinarian at Fort Collins Veterinary Emergency & Rehabilitation Hospital

Angelica Portillo, UNM B.S. 2014

Liana Schmader, UNM B.S. 2011

Sarah Marie Sheldon, UNM B.S. 2008

Current M.S. Student at Cal State San Marcos

Ashley Smiley, UNM B.S. 2013 and Post-Bac Researcher

Current Ph.D. Candidate at UC Berkeley


Rosie Steinberg, UNM B.S. 2013

Current Ph.D. Candidate at the University of New South Wales, Australia


Sarah Swiderek, UNM B.S. 2011

Current Family Medicine Resident, UNM School of Medicine

Raymond VanBuskirk, UNM B.S. 2014

Owner and Lead Guide at BRANT Tours; Sales & Marketing Manager at Redstart Birding

Geneva Williams, UNM B.S. 2009

Current Ph.D. Student at Washington University St. Louis

Nicholas R. Wilson, Post-Bac Researcher