PES Seminars

Current research discussions are presented by Graduate level students and NMSU faculty. Graduate Enrichment Seminar's are only held throughout Spring and Fall Semesters.

Date/Time: Fridays, 3:30 PM, Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 200, unless otherwise indicated.

Zoom Info: Email Dr. Curtis Monger at

Fall 2022

Seminars by date, speaker, title
Speaker Presentation Title
Sep. 2 - Dr. Rolston St. Hilaire, Regents Professor and Head, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences and Extension Plant Science Secrets and successes from two decades of work at NMSU
Sep. 9 - Clark Safely, M.S. Candidate An Assessment of Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance Contamination in Cloudcroft, NM
Sep. 16 - Dr. Njoki Kahiu, Post Doctorial Fellow Application Earth Observation Derived Vegetation Indices for Drought Risk Financing in Africa
Sep. 23 - Tiffany Johnson, M.S. Candidate Title TBA
Sep. 30 - Alba Lucker, M.S. Candidate Exploring Brackish Groundwater Effects on Halophytes For Human Health
Oct. 7 - Phillip Lujan, Ph.D. Candidate Management of Chile Pepper Infection Caused by Phytophthora Capsici Using Pecan Byproduct Extracts
Oct. 14 - Srijana Dura, Ph.D. Candidate Factors Contributing to the Reduction of Phytophthora Blight Caused by Phytophthora Capsici in Jalapeño Pepper
Oct. 21 - Ronald Treminio, Ph.D. Candidate Spatial Patterns and Controls on Wind Erosion in the Great Basin
Oct. 28 - Paramveer Singh, Ph.D. Candidate Native Perennial Grasses as Unique Circular Buffer Strips Improves Irrigated Corn Productivity
Nov. 4 - Dr. Don Cotter, Professor Emeritus Row Crop Agriculture in the Mesilla Valley
Nov. 11 - Sangita Subedi, M.S. Candidate Screening the Peanut Mini Core Collection for Resistance to Stem Rot Disease Caused by Athelia Rolfsii
Nov. 18 - Brandi Wheeler, M.S. Candidate Combining Quantitative (model driven) and Qualitative Soil Erosion Indicators to Improve Support of Land Management Decisions
Dec. 2 - Joseph Wood, Ph.D. Candidate Effects of Biotic Stress on Onion Physiology

Spring 2022

Seminars by date, speaker, and title
Speaker Presentation Title
Jan. 21 - Dr. Michael L. Kahn, Professor, Institute of Biological Chemistry, Washington State University, Affiliate Faculty, PES, NMSU Symbiotic nitrogen fixation: foraging for meaning
Jan. 28 - Dr. Elizabeth LaRue, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Texas at El Paso The ecological role of structural diversity
Feb. 4 - Dr. Curtis Monger, Professor Emeritus, Plant and Environmental Sciences, NMSU Carbon capture and storage as inorganic carbon—a realistic method for climate change mitigation?
Feb. 11 - Dr. Lin Ma, Associate Professor, Department of Earth, Environmental and Resource Sciences, University of Texas El Paso Dryland Critical Zone Research—potential for collaborations
Feb. 18 - Nina Dropcho, Ph. D. Candidate Interactions between insect and plant hosts affecting beet curly top virus (BCTV) transmission
Feb. 25 - Maria Begum, Masters Candidate Assessment of water footprint for alfalfa hay, corn, wheat, and sorghum of New Mexico
Mar. 18 - Gayle Tyree - Masters Candidate
Olufemi Adebayo - Master's Candidate
Responses of a physical control on wind erosion to oil and gas disturbance in the Upper Colorado River Basin Cover crops, compost, and soil health
Mar. 25 - Govinda Sapkota, Ph. D. Candidate Nutrient Content, Dynamics with Maturity, and Effect of Drying Methods on Nutrient Retention in Jujube (Ziziphus jujuba Mill.) Grown Under Different Geographical Locations of New Mexico
Apr. 1 - Jessica Mikenas, Masters Candidate Responses of the rangeland soil microbiome to biocrust and nutrient additions in a greenhouse experiment
Apr. 8 - Sergei Shalygin, Ph. D. Candidate Advanced mass spectral and microscopical analyses of the targeted plants and cyanobacteria
Apr. 29 - Dr. Chad Higgins, Associate Professor, Oregon State University Agrivoltaic activities at Oregon State University