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Spring 2010 Water Lecture Series scheduled for NMSU

New Mexico State University's Spring 2010 Water Lecture Series will begin March 1 with Dave Cowley, an associate professor in NMSU's Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology. His lecture will take place at 3 p.m. in Wooton Hall Room 105.

Dave Cowley, an associate professor in New Mexico State University's Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology, will speak during NMSU's Spring 2010 Water Lecture Series at 3 p.m. March 1. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Cowley plans to discuss how climate change could lead to significant changes in the quality and quantity of water surfaces, specifically in regard to salinity. Laboratory experiments have shown that as salinity increases, fish egg size and specific gravity are decreased. The sensitivity of freshwater fish eggs to elevated salinity raises concerns about sources that increase salinity of surface waters, including irrigation drainage, evaporation from reservoirs, groundwater inputs, and climate change that leads to warmer and drier conditions.

Cowley's research interests include conservation ecology of fish. He teaches aquatic ecology and wildlife law, policy and administration. His outreach encompasses win-win strategies for agriculture and the environment. His education includes bachelor's and master's degrees in wildlife management and agriculture from Eastern New Mexico University-Portales and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Cowley will be a visiting professor at the Technical University of Munich, Germany's foremost agricultural university, later this year. His visit is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service.

For further information, contact Leeann DeMouche at 646-3973 or e-mail ldemouch@nmsu.edu.