What We Do

Teachers, researchers and students from across campus benefit from the center. The Department of Animal and Range Sciences oversees the facility with help from a steering committee of scientists from the College of Agriculture and Home Economics and the College of Arts and Sciences. Through the Biology Department, the center is part of the Jornada Basin Long -Term Ecological Research project - a National Science Foundation Ecology Network. Current research efforts include:

  • Evaluating continuous and seasonal grazing strategies at different intensities to determine effects on livestock performance as well as plant cover and composition.

  • Evaluating performance of breeds of cattle in relation to quality and quantity of forage in a hot, arid environment.

  • Determining the influence of range conditions on wildlife populations.

  • Autecology of plant species.

  • Assessing competition and other interactions between common plant species.

  • Ascertaining the role of small herbivores in a desert environment.

In addition to research conducted by the Department of Animal and Range Sciences, faculty and graduate students from other NMSU departments are conducting research at the Center. Currently much of the research is in conjunction with the Long-Term Ecological Research program, which is part of a nationwide program funded by the National Science Foundation.

The CDRRC is used for teaching, demonstration and research projects with livestock, grazing methods and range forage, including investigations into the sustainability and management of natural resources and environmental ecosystems.

Research at the CDRRC includes:

  Archaeology

  Beef cattle management and genetics

  Desertification

  Entomology

  Geology

  Grazing management

  Hydrology

  Plant diversity

  Rangeland resource management

  Rangeland restoration

  Soils

  Watershed management

  Wildlife