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Kent Reid, Ph.D.
(505) 426-2145 

Kent moved to New Mexico in 1996, and worked here and internationally as a consulting forester before coming to work for FWRI. He has degrees from NC State, Colorado State, and Clemson, and has worked for Weyerhaeuser, the Peace Corps, the University of Missouri, Auburn University, Virginia Tech, and Cornell University.


alan barton

Alan Barton, Ph.D
Collaboration Program Manager
(505) 426-2081

Alan is a Rural Sociologist with a background in Sustainable Community Development and Natural Resources Law and Policy. He has a B.A. from the University of California-Berkeley in Sociology and Spanish, an M.S. from the University of Washington in Forest Management, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University in Development Sociology, and he currently is working on a J.D. at the University of New Mexico School of Law. He has worked with the Peace Corps, the National Park Service, and the National Audubon Society, and has taught Sociology and Community Development at several universities.


pdappenPatti Dappen
GIS and Remote Sensing Specialist
(505) 426-2086
Dappen Website

Patti is a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist at the NM Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute. Patti's background includes working with GIS and Remote Sensing technologies for agricultural and wetlands applications at the University of Nebraska. At NMFWRI she works with GIS for forest monitoring applications as well as using imagery and LiDAR to derive detailed land cover classifications using eCognition software.


contact_jlujanJosie M. Lujan
Administrative Associate
(505) 426-2080

Josie is currently the Administrative Associate for the NM Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute. She has been an employee with NM Highlands University for the past 17 years.



Kathryn R. Mahan
Ecological Monitoring Specialist

(505) 426-2147

Kathryn's background includes working in various capacities in developed and wildland riparian and upland areas with the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance, the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, the United World College Wilderness Program, the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, the Sapello-Rociada Volunteer Fire Company, and the University of Wyoming. Her current projects at the NMFWRI include riparian monitoring of invasive phreatophyte treatments with the Greater Rio Grande Watershed Alliance, vegetation monitoring with the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge, and fire monitoring plots across the state with the field crew.

Katie WithnallKatahdin (Katie) Withnall
GIS Specialist

(505) 454-3586
kwithnall@nmhu.eduKatie is a GIS Specialist for the New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute.  Katie's background includes watershed planning and restoration for the Hermit's Peak Watershed Alliance. She has a BA in Geography from Humboldt State University and an MS in Environment and Development from King’s College London. Her current projects at NMFWRI include a statewide geodatabase of vegetation treatments.

adrienne millerDaniel Hernandez
Monitoring and Data Technician

adrienne millerErnesto Sandoval
Monitoring and Data Technician

Faculty Associate


Joe Zebrowski
(505) 426-2146
Natural Resource Management Department
Director of Geospatial Applications in Natural Sciences (GAINS) Lab


Student Interns - Summer 2018

Raymundo Melendrez, Anna Medina, Alex Perea-Angles, Leon Lujan
Also pictured: Kathryn Mahan, Carmen Briones and Edmundo Sandoval 

students 2018

Student Interns - Summer 2017

Richard Pratt, Carly Drobnick,  Ernesto Sandoval,
Jordan Martinez  (TREX /Wildland Fire Fighting School)
2017 Field Crew

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