Join us with Dr. Debra Peters who works with Jornada Experimental Range studying the impacts of climate change on The Chihuahua Desert. Friends are partnering with NMSU to present this latest installment in the Climate Change Education Seminar Series. A great opportunity to learn more about the science of climate change in our own backyard.
Dr. Debra Peters is a research scientist for the US Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Services Jornada Experimental Range in Las Cruces, NM. She is also the lead Principal Investigator for the Jornada Basin Long Term Ecological Research Program funded by the National Science Foundation to New Mexico State University. She received her B.S. in biology from Iowa State University, M.S. in biology from San Diego State University, and PhD in range science from Colorado State University. She has been working in grasslands and shrublands of the West for over 30 years. She is a landscape ecologist with interests in how extreme events can lead to surprising ecosystem dynamics, and how long-term, historic data can help inform responses to future conditions. She is also interested in the ecology of the Dust Bowl, and in the application of machine learning and other big data approaches to address complex problems in agro-ecosystems.