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New Mexico State University Students Conduct Independent Study
Southwest Region, June 1, 2005
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Students from New Mexico State University (NMSU) are conducting research at the Center throughout their summer break. They have started a series of studies that will help to determine different species' egg specific gravity and viability under varying conditions. The main experiment involves determining the specific gravity of the eggs under differing treatments. The second experiment is an egg viability analysis that will be used to determine the optimal level of salinity and lethal level of salinity that eggs from the various species can tolerate. The current study includes the Rio Grande silvery minnow and Pecos bluntnose shiner, as well as the Plains minnow. The experiments are expected to last 3 years. During that time, other fish species will be introduced to the project. Many agencies work together to make these types of research projects possible. The Service provided the location and assistance at the Center while the Bureau of Reclamation's Albuquerque Office provided the funding through a cooperative project with NMSU.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov
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