Ernie Valdez, Ph.D.


Ernie Valdez is a Research Wildlife Biologist at the Fort Collins Science Center, and works at the New Mexico Landscapes Field Station in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He received his doctorate degree in Biology, during 2006, at the University of New Mexico. His research interests span a variety of topics but are focused on conservation and ecology of insects and small mammals, with an emphasis on bats in temperate and tropical ecosystems. Ernie specializes in the feeding ecology and movement of insectivorous bats but also includes research on the ectoparasites of bats. His current projects include research related to white-nose syndrome, wind energy, and habitat use by bats at uranium mines in the Southwest.


  • Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, University of New Mexico (Advisor: Dr. J. Scott Altenbach),
    • 2006 Dissertation Title: Geographic variation in morphology, diet, and ectoparasites of the bat Myotis occultus in New Mexico and southern Colorado.
  • M.S. in Biological Sciences, Fort Hays State University (Advisor: Dr. Jerry Choate),
    • 1997 Thesis Title: Taxonomic status of Myotis occultus.
  • B.S. in Biological Sciences (Minor in Anatomy), Colorado State University, 1993

Professional Experience

  • U.S. Geological Survey, Fort Collins Science Center, New Mexico Landscapes Field Station, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 1997-present*
  • National Biological Survey (NBS), Albuquerque, New Mexico. 1994-1996**
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife, Mid-continent Ecological Science Center, Fort Collins, Colorado. 1991-1993

* BRD Formerly known as NBS (1994-1996)

** NBS-Formerly known as USFWS (1991-1993)


  • Adjunct faculty member in Dept. of Biology at University of New Mexico 2007-present
  • Museum Research Associate in Division of Mammals at the Museum of Southwestern Biology 2007-present
  • Museum Research Associate in Division of Arthropods at the Museum of Southwestern Biology 2009-present
  • American Society of Mammalogists 1994-Life Member
  • Southwestern Association of Naturalists 1995-Life Member
  • Research Associate of Indiana State University Center for North American Bat Research Center and Conservation 2005 to present
  • Western Bat Working Group 2003 to present (President 2015 to present)
  • New Mexico Bat Working Group 1997 to present (co-chair 2008-2009)
  • Arizona Bat Working Group 2003 to present
  • Colorado Bat Working Group 2002 to present
  • USGS Colorado Plateau Science Strategy Team 2015