Rachel Burke

Joined: May 23, 2018 Last Active: Oct 18, 2022 iNaturalist

I am a conservation biologist with a M.S. in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Ecology from New Mexico State University. I conducted my thesis work on predicting migratory pathways for nectarivorous bats by integrating species distribution models of forage resources derived from herbaria records (mainly plants of Cactaceae, Bombacaceae, and sub-genus Agave), and have spent several years mapping the distribution of Agave palmeri and monitoring plant phenology. I currently lead an Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) crew in the BLM Las Cruces District office and am fascinated by the Chihuahuan Desert. I am an aspiring pollination ecologist and hope to start a seed farm focused on native pollinator plants to enhance pollinator corridors in the southwestern U.S.

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