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Fisheries Expert Joins NMSU College of Agriculture

LAS CRUCES - A fisheries ecology and management specialist from Germany has joined New Mexico State University's fishery and wildlife sciences department as an assistant professor.

Wiebke (pronounced VEEB ka) Boeing will study the effects of broad climate change on the state's aquatic systems. "We'll definitely deal with drought, along with other climatic factors," she said. "There are direct and indirect effects, but many of these processes are not fully understood."

Scientists do know that fluctuations in fish populations are among the long-term consequences of drought, though, Boeing said. Fish populations may use up their food source, leading to population crashes, she said.

Much of Boeing's work will focus on freshwater bodies of water, like New Mexico's largest and most popular reservoir, Elephant Butte, along with high mountain lakes.

In addition to her research, she will teach undergraduate courses on ichthyology, the study of fishes, and graduate classes in aquatic ecology.

Prior to joining NMSU, Boeing served a year and a half as a postdoctoral fellow with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Washington. She analyzed data about the effects of climate change on fish larvae from the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea.

"Dr. Boeing adds new strength to an area of vital importance to the entire arid Southwest," said Don Caccamise, head of NMSU's fishery and wildlife sciences department.

Boeing is a member of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, and the Ecological Society of America

She earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Universit├Ąt Potsdam in Germany and a master's degree in hydrobiology from Technische Universit├Ąt Dresden in Germany. She received a doctorate in zoology and applied statistics with a concentration in fisheries from Louisiana State University.