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April Jean
UNO Undergraduate Student: Systematics of Diving Beetles (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae)

AMP Scholarship Recipient: Searching for subterranean arthropods in New Mexico

Museum Technician
Department of Biology
University of New Mexico
Museum of Southwestern Biology
167 Castetter Hall, MSC03 2020
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

I am currently working on my BS in Environmental Science with a minor in distributed math and science at the University of New Mexico. I began working in Kelly Miller's lab in June, 2008 through the UNO program. My focus in the lab is systematics of Dytiscidae (diving beetles!), specifically the genus Hygrotus. My results will be presented at the 2009 annual ESA conference in Indianopolis, IL.

I began my senior honors thesis in the summer of 2009 with Dr. Laura Crossey and Dr. Kelly Miller. The project revolves around a subterranean diving beetle found in the Edwards-Trinity aquifer in eastern Texas. New Mexico has similar subsurface environments, which presented an opportunity to search for new subterranean arthropod species. Groundwater ecology is very important simply because it pertains to our most important resource, fresh water. There are links between water resources and groundwater ecology in the fields of bioremediation, biomonitoring, hydrology and geology. The better we understand the subsurface environment, the better we understand water resources. I intend to continue this research in graduate school.

April J. Tafoya
April canoeing in upstate Minnesota, 2007.


Kelly B. Miller Lab, Department of Biology, University of New Mexico, 167 Castetter Hall, MSC03 2020, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001 USA
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