Skip to content. | Skip to navigation


Staff Directory


Kent Reid, Ph.D.
(505) 426-2145 

Kent moved to New Mexico in 1996, and worked here and internationally as a consulting forester before coming to work for FWRI. He has degrees from NC State, Colorado State, and Clemson, and has worked for Weyerhaeuser, the Peace Corps, the University of Missouri, Auburn University, Virginia Tech, and Cornell University.


alan barton

Alan Barton, Ph.D
Collaboration Program Manager
(505) 426-2081

Alan is a Rural Sociologist with a background in Sustainable Community Development and Natural Resources Law and Policy. He has a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in Sociology and Spanish, an M.S. from the University of Washington in Forest Management, a J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law in Natural Resources and Environmental Law, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University in Development Sociology. He has worked with the Peace Corps, the National Park Service, the National Audubon Society, and has taught Sociology and Community Development at several universities. Alan is a trained mediator and facilitator, and at NMFWRI he works with community–based collaborative groups around New Mexico to develop collaborative capacity, organization and outreach.


pdappenPatti Dappen
GIS and Remote Sensing Specialist
(505) 426-2086
Dappen Website

Patti is a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist at the NM Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute. Patti's background includes working with GIS and Remote Sensing technologies for agricultural and wetlands applications at the University of Nebraska. At NMFWRI she works with GIS for forest monitoring applications as well as using imagery and LiDAR to derive detailed land cover classifications using eCognition software.




Kathryn R. Mahan
Ecological Monitoring Specialist

(505) 426-2147

Kathryn's background includes working in various capacities in developed and wildland riparian and upland areas with the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance, the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, the United World College Wilderness Program, the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, the Sapello-Rociada Volunteer Fire Company, and the University of Wyoming. Her current projects at the NMFWRI include riparian monitoring of invasive phreatophyte treatments with the Greater Rio Grande Watershed Alliance, vegetation monitoring with the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge, and fire monitoring plots across the state with the field crew.


Katie WithnallKatahdin (Katie) Withnall
GIS Specialist

(505) 454-3586

Katie's background includes watershed planning and restoration for the Hermit's Peak Watershed Alliance. She has a BA in Geography from Humboldt State University and an MS in Environment and Development from King’s College London. Her current projects at NMFWRI include a statewide geodatabase of vegetation treatments.

Carmen BrionesCarmen Briones
Monitoring and Data Technician


Raymundo MelendezRaymundo Melendez
Monitoring and Data Technician



Faculty Associate


Joe Zebrowski
(505) 426-2146
Natural Resource Management Department
Director of Geospatial Applications in Natural Sciences (GAINS) Lab


Student Interns - Summer 2018

Raymundo Melendez, Anna Medina, Alex Perea-Angles, Leon Lujan
Also pictured: Kathryn Mahan, Carmen Briones and Ernesto Sandoval 

students 2018

Student Interns - Summer 2017

Richard Pratt, Carly Drobnick,  Ernesto Sandoval,
Jordan Martinez  (TREX /Wildland Fire Fighting School)
2017 Field Crew

Back to Top