The New Mexico State University Climate Change Education Seminar Series, or NMSUCCESS for short is an interdisciplinary series bringing a range of experts to New Mexico State University and venues in Las Cruces to promote informed discussion of the causes and consequences of climate change.

Fall 2020

Knowledge to Outcomes in Global Biodiversity Conservation

Dr. Leah Gerber

Wednesday October 21st 7pm
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Global biodiversity loss is occurring at an unprecedented rate. Approximately 1 million species are threatened with extinction and many species have gone extinct in the past decade.  The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) offers an integrated overview of where the world stands in relation to key international goals, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the Paris Agreement on climate change.  The report is also represents the first assessment of indigenous and local knowledge at a global scale. In this talk I will summarize estimates for the global status of biodiversity and ecosystem change, the implications for people, policy options and likely future pathways over the next three decades if current trends continue.  As all SDGs depend on biodiversity, I will also discuss trade-offs and synergies in progress toward achieving the goals.  Finally, I will discuss research needs for ensuring a sustainable pathway toward achieving SDG, Aichi and climate goals.



UNM Biodiversity Webinar Series

Presented by the Species in Peril Project with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


The UNM Biodiversity Webinar Series—Fall 2020 is presented by the Species in Peril project at UNM in partnership with the Office of the U.S. Senator Tom Udall, Office of Congresswoman Deb Haaland, New Mexico BioPark Society, and the Southwest Environmental Center.
This online symposium is FREE and open to the public, but registration is required. Please see below a unique Registration Link for each session.  Please visit the SPEAKERS page to read brief biographies of panelists and moderators, and theOVERVIEWpage for a description of the webinar series.
Monday, September 14th 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Build a National Biodiversity Action Plan: Science, Policy, and Grassroots


Thursday, October 8th, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Flora, Fishes, and Fireflies: Assessing Species in Peril in New Mexico and Abroad


Thursday, November 19th, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Indigenous Kinship and Multispecies Justice


Thursday, December 3rd, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Transforming State Wildlife Management to Protect Biodiversity in the U.S.

2020 – 2021 Series

New Mexico At The Precipice: A conversation with Laura Paskus

Laura Paskus

Wednesday September 30th 7pm

2019 – 2020 Series

On the Competing Risks and Benefits of Geologic CO2 Sequestration

Dr. Brian McPherson

Wednesday March 4, 2020 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Climate Security: Threats and Responses at Home and Abroad

Vice Admiral Lee Gunn, USN (Ret)

Chief Executive Officer of the American Security Project (ASP)

Wednesday February 12, 2020 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Redesigning Desert Agriculture for Climate Change: Biomimicry, Nurse Plant Ecology & Succulent Plants

Dr. Gary Nabhan

University of Arizona

Wednesday January 29, 2020 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Multi-species Justice in the Age of Biological Annihilation & Climate Breakdown

Subhankar Banerjee

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 7:00 – 8:30 pm

The Human Dimension of Disaster Preparedness, Vulnerability, and Resiliency: The Role of the Colleges and Universities

Dr. Jorge Vanegas

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 7:00 – 8:30 pm

New Mexico at the Crossroads: How the State, It’s Biggest City, and NMSU are Addressing Climate Change

Chancellor Arvizu – Chancellor of NMSU

Sarah Cottrell Propst – Secretary of the State Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department

Kelsey Rader – Sustainability Officer of Albuquerque

Wednesday October 2, 2019 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Chihuahuan Desert Landscapes in the Uncertain Future

Debra Peters (Lead Research Scientist at Jornada Experimental Range)

Thursday September 12, 2020 7:00 – 8:30 pm

2018-2019 Series

Climate Change, Wildfire, and Megadrought in the Western United States

A. Park Williams

April 3, 2019

Drought, water security, and ecosystem disruption – the SW climate challenge

Jonathan Overpeck

March 6, 2019

Extreme Conservation on a Glacier-less Planet

Joel Berger

February 20, 2019

Barriers to Public Acceptance of Climate Science, Impacts and Solutions

Katharine Hayhoe

February 6, 2019

Environmental Markets: From Sulfur to Carbon to Water and Beyond?

Michael Walsh

November 28, 2018


The 3 S’s of Climate Change: Simple, Serious, and Solvable

Scott Denning

November 7, 2018

Deep Time Insight into Earth’s Future

Isabel Montanez

October 3, 2018

On the Front Lines of Urban Warming

David Hondula

September 19, 2018

A Look ahead for the Southwest: Hotter and More Arid

Gregg Garfin

April 25, 2018

Why are We Concerned about Changing Climate

Dave Dubois

April 17, 2018