Contact Information & Staff
Southwestern Native Aquatic Resources & Recovery Center
PO Box 219
Dexter, NM 88230
Phone: (575) 734-5910
Fax: (575) 734-6130
Tuesday and Thursday - 9:00 a.m. to 2:0 p.m.
Federal Holidays - Closed
For directions to the hatchery go to our Visitor Information page.
Directors & Unit Leaders
Manuel E. Ulibarri, B.S., Center Director - Expertise: Program Development and Coordination.
Manuel began his fisheries career as a student intern working for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Over the past 22 years he has overseen all operations at four USFWS Region 2 facilities. During this time he has developed expertise in warm water fish culture, specializing in the conservation of threatened and endangered aquatic species.
Izhar Khan, Ph.D., Research Unit Leader - Expertise: Fish Physiology, Endocrinology, Aquaculture, Stock Enhancement and Aquatic Toxicology. Prior to joining the service, Dr. Khan worked at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas for 18 years and at the Marine Development Center of Texas Parks & Wildlife Department in Corpus Christi for two years. His current research focuses on salinity tolerance, osmoregulation and reproduction of selected endangered and threatened fish species. He oversees research conducted by both the Molecular Ecology and Physiology & Pathobiology Laboratories of the Research Unit.
Teresa D. Lewis, PhD, Fish Health Center Leader - Expertise: Fish Health Biologist. Dr. Lewis joined the Fish Health Center on October 26, 2008. Dr. Lewis is originally from Oklahoma and earned her PhD in Marine and Marine Science/College of William and Mary. She has collaborated with many partners while in Hawaii, including the Hawaii Aquaculture Development Program, NOAA Sea Grant, USGS National Wildlife Health Center, Pacific Island groups and local Aquaculture businesses to address animal health issues. Dr. Lewis is very hands-on in her approach to fish health diagnostics and has strong ties with the fish health communities throughout the U.S.
Fish Health Staff
Marlene Rodarte, B.S., Fish Biologist - Expertise: Fish Health Biologist. American Fisheries Society -Certified Fish Health Inspector. Mrs. Rodarte spent 12 years at the Bozeman Fish Health Center before relocating to the Fish Health in Center in July 2006 where she conducts virus, bacteria, and parasite testing for aquatic animal pathogens on our Federal hatcheries, free ranging fish and other diagnostic tests.
Jason Woodland, M.S., Fish Biologist - Expertise: Fish Health Biologist. American Fisheries Society -Certified Fish Health Inspector. Mr. Woodland began working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Fish Health Center in 2000 and conducts virus, bacteria, and parasite testing for aquatic animal pathogens on our Federal hatcheries, free ranging fish and other diagnostic tests. Mr. Woodland assists in representing USFWS Region 2 and the Fish Health Center by participating on National committees for issues related to the National Wild Fish Health Survey and hatchery procedures.
Fish Culture Staff
William Knight, BS, Fish Biologist - Expertise: Fish Culture. William is a native of New Mexico and graduated from New Mexico State University. He has worked at the Southwestern Native Aquatic Resources & Recovery Center since 2005. William is responsible for the operations of the Fish Culture building and the ponds. He is responsible for the spawning of all the species on station, pond management and maintenance, daily care of the fish, the distribution trips for the species, broodstock management, and oversees the other biologists in Fish Culture.
Ian Paige, BS, Fish Biologist - Expertise: Fish Culture. Ian started working in fish culture in March of 2011 after working in the Fish Health Unit for almost two years. Ian is from Georgia and has a degree in Marine Sciences from Savannah State University. He assists in the daily care of the fish and the maintenance of the pond and hatchery surroundings.
David Hampton, Fish Biologist
Ashlie Peterson, Fish Biologist
Research Unit Staff
Catherine Sykes, M.A., Assistant Unit Leader and Physiology & Pathobiology Project Head - Expertise: Aquatic Toxicology, Nutrition, Stress Physiology and Salmonid Genetics. Ms. Sykes has a diverse research background in both warm and cold water aquaculture ranging from Rio Grande silvery minnow to Rio Grande cutthroat trout. Current research includes acute toxicity assays with endangered fish, development of methods for quagga mussel control, stress physiology of bonytail and razorback sucker, and bonytail diet evaluation.
Wade Wilson, Ph.D., Geneticist and Molecular Ecology Project Head - Expertise: Molecular Evolution, Conservation Genetics, Comparative Immunology and Phylogenetics. Current and recent research projects include molecular evolution of the MHC class II region in salmonids, phyogenetics of salmonids, and conservation genetics of threatened and endangered fish species of the arid southwest including chubs, salmonids, and suckers. He oversees research conducted in the Molecular Ecology Laboratory and serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor at both the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University where he advises graduates students and collaborates on research projects.
Morgan Robinson, Ph.D., Geneticist - Expertise: Conservation and Population Genetics. Dr. Robinson earned a doctorate in the Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology program at University of Nevada, Reno working with Dr. Mary Peacock. Her dissertation research examined genetic and physiological factors affecting thermal tolerance in Lahontan cutthroat trout. She also conducted research analyzing population genetic structure of fishes native to the Truckee River, family structure and genetic diversity of trout reared at the Lahontan National Fish Hatchery, and conservation value of endangered Lahontan cutthroat trout transplanted outside of their range. Originally from Ogden, Utah, Morgan served as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching high school science in Western Samoa before beginning her graduate studies.
Justin Merrifield, Fish Biologist
Renee Martin, Genetics
Administrative & Support Staff
- Maria Bullard - Adminstrative Officer
- Michelle Bell - Administrative Tech
- Alyssa Lewis - Office Assistant
- Kim Yazzie - Biological Science Tech
- Bill Williams - Maintenance Mechanic
- Bill Snipes - Maintenance Worker
- Estevan Vargas - Maintenance Worker