by George Zamora


SOCORRO – New Mexico Tech’s Joseph R. Skeen Library, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History, and the USDA Forest Service—Southwest Region are teaming up to present an ongoing exhibit and series of lectures on topics and issues concerning the Rio Grande’s riparian issues.

The inaugural lecture in the series is scheduled for Wednesday, November 17, at 7 p.m. in the Skeen Library’s Tripp Conference Room.

Rod Repogle, the primary photographer for the current riparian exhibit, which will hang in the second floor of the Skeen Library through February 2005, will kick off the three-part lecture series with an informal talk detailing the behind-the-scenes work that went into designing and constructing the multi-panel, bilingual exhibit.

“At Water’s Edge,” which originally was created in 1988 for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History, is thought to be the first bilingual exhibit focusing on riparian issues in the Southwest, with particular emphasis on the Rio Grande.

The other two talks being given at the Skeen Library in conjunction with the library’s riparian exhibit will feature Gina DellaRusso, ecologist at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, speaking on “Riparian Ecosystems and Habitats” on December 18, and New Mexico Tech hydrology professor Rob Bowman and Paul Tashjian, hydrologist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, speaking on “Shallow Groundwater and Surface Water Geomorphology of the Rio Grande Basin” on January 26, 2005. Both of these presentations will also begin at 7 p.m. in the Skeen Library’s Tripp Conference Room, with light refreshments served.

For more information about the “At Water’s Edge” exhibit and its associated lecture series, call Leigh Davidson at the Skeen Library at 505.835.5766.