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New Mexico State University
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Geography

Geography Faculty

Dr. Carol Campbell

Associate Professor, Department Head



Phone: 575-646-6480
Fax: 575-646-7430
Office: Breland Hall, Room 143


B.S. Wildlife, Humboldt State University, 1998
M.A.G. Geography, New Mexico State University, 2002
Ph.D. Geography, University of California, Los Angeles, 2005

Research Interests

Avian ecology and conservation, biogeography, National Parks, riparian habitats, remote sensing of natural resources

Bio Sketch

There is something about birds. Carol Campbell is an ornithologist at heart and she became a geographer by training and by choice. Birds attract her attention, pique her curiosity and drive her research. Her research is couched in niche theory. Niche describes the set of ecological conditions that enables an organism to survive and reproduce. Exploration of niche is well facilitated within the four traditions of geography: the spatial tradition applies to range sizes, the area studies tradition emphasizes common and endemic species, the human-land tradition explores habitat alteration and environmental quality, and the earth science tradition facilitates ecosystem research and change detection. Carol Campbell grew up in Ohio, youngest of four. Her interest in the natural environment was developed over many family excursions, exploring the back roads and woods in the local area, as well as many summer vacations to National Parks. Following a move to California, Dr. Campbell got a summer job in Yosemite National Park. Stayed 3 years, go back every chance she gets … She earned a BS in Wildlife from Humboldt State University (1998), with an emphasis in Ornithology. Following field work with the USFS monitoring avian productivity (climbing trees and birding in the Sierra Nevada), Dr. Campbell pursued a Master of Applied Geography from New Mexico State University (2002) which included Southwestern Willow Flycatcher surveys and habitat mapping along the Gila River for the BLM. Next, a PhD program at the University of California Los Angeles (2005) took her back to Yosemite where she repeated historical surveys of avian biodiversity that were originally conducted by the father of niche theory; Joseph Grinnell (MVZ-1914-1924) along an elevation gradient across the Sierra. Surveys in Yosemite continue ... Next field season 2015.

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught

GEOG 120, Culture and Environment (Syllabus)
GEOG 326, U.S. National Parks (Syllabus)
GEOG 351/557, Biogeography (Syllabus)
GEOG 373/573, Introduction to Remote Sensing (Syllabus)