NMSU Range Club

The NMSU Range Club is a student organization of New Mexico State University. Membership is open to all students currently enrolled at the university.

The Range Club meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month during the academic year at 6:30 p.m. in Knox Hall 201. Club activities include trips to various rangeland settings, barbeques, workshops, and attendance at the Society for Range Management annual conference.

Speaking of the annual conference, each year we compete in the Undergraduate Range Management Examination (URME). See the link below for more information and link to previous exams.

Range Club Group Picture
Range Club Logo
  • URME:
    Undergraduate Range Management Examination

Support the Range Club

To purchase items, contact the Range Club President.

NMSU Range Club Pin

NMSU Range Club Sticker - Pronghorn

NMSU Range Club Sticker - Grama

Past Participation Events

See where we have been. Tell us where we should go!

75th Annual Society for Range Management Meeting, Albuquerque, NM (February 2022)

72nd Annual Society for Range Management Meeting, Minneapolis, MN (February 2019)

71st Annual Society for Range Management Meeting, Sparks, Nevada (February 2018)

70th Annual Society for Range Management Meeting, St. George, Utah (February 2017)

69th Annual Society for Range Management Meeting, Corpus Christi, Texas (February 2016)

Keep State Great, Community Service, Las Cruces, New Mexico (October 2015)

Volunteer Habitat Restoration for Chiricahua Leopard Frog, Mimbres, New Mexico (October 2015)

68th Annual Society for Range Management Meeting, Sacramento, California (February 2015)

67th Annual Society for Range Management Meeting, Orlando, Florida (February 2014)

Volunteer Rangeland Planting, Silver City, New Mexico (September, 2013)

NMSU Corona Range and Livestock Research Center Herbicide Application (February 2013)

66th Annual Society for Range Management Meeting, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (February 2013)

65th Annual Society for Range Management Meeting, Spokane, Washington (Feb. 2012)

JT and JX Ranch Tours (September 2011)

Rafter-Spear Ranch Stream Restoration (April 2011)

64th Annual Society for Range Management Conference, Billings Montana (February 2011)

Las Cruces Elks Lodge clean up, community service (December 2010)

NMSU Corona Range and Livestock Research Center Herbicide Application (November 2010)

63rd Annual Society for Range Management Conference, Denver Colorado (February 2010)

62nd Annual Society for Range Management Conference, Albuquerque New Mexico (February 2009)

NMSU Corona Range and Livestock Research Center Herbicide Application (November 2008)


Club Members

Range Club President: Kelsey Graves

Bio coming soon...

Vice President: Mickie Barraza

Mickie is a junior majoring in wildlife and range science with a minor in entomology. She is excited for this opportunity to serve as the Range Club Vice President. Prior to this, she served as an ACES rep for the 21-22 school year. She is looking forward to engaging with all the officers and doing lots of outdoor activities with members to build resume skills - like the plant ID team! Mickie is from the Las Cruces/El Pasó area and loves being outside which includes hiking, working and learning. Currently, she is working in the EPPWS department in the Watts Lab dealing with plant volatiles and biocontrol on aphids. Prior to that, she worked in Dr. Faist’s lab in rangeland restoration ecology. As such, last summer she counted thousands of seeds for a graduate student and this summer she'll be counting aphids - FUN!

Treasurer: Thomas Hosea

Thomas was born in Las Cruces, NM and spent his childhood bouncing between Cruces and the Cortez region of Colorado. His parents have a small ranch in the San Juan Mountains. This is where he started to learn about rangelands. After a failed first attempt at college, he spent a few years going back and forth between the two states before attending Dona Ana Community College. After transferred to NMSU to pursue an animal science degree, he took a range management course in the fall of 2019 and was immediately hooked. He has since decided to pursue a minor in range to complement his degree in animal science.

Secretary: Zekiel Barto

Zekiel grew up in northern New Mexico in the Jemez Mountains. Growing up, he participated in many outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, camping, hiking and more. He was part of the Jemez Mountain Stallions 4-H club for five years. After graduating from Los Alamos High School, he enrolled at NMSU to pursue a bachelors degree in range science. His goal is to become a rangeland manager to improve, restore, and conserve natural resources on rangelands.

ACES Representative: Caleb Doss

Caleb is from Roswell, NM. He grew up hunting, fishing, hiking and doing anything that would keep him away from the television. Throughout his high school career, he judged many different events in FFA. His favorite event to judge was meats evaluation where he placed as first during his senior year. He became involved in range science because he wants a job where I can spend the majority of his time outdoors. He joined the Range Club because he wanted to get involved with people with similar interests.

ACES Representative: Megan Murray

Megan was born and raised in and around Tucson, AZ. She grew up in a family business and by the time she was 12, her dad decided he wanted to try his hand at being a cowboy and started ranching. They now have a cattle ranch near Benson, AZ. Megan has an Associate of Science from Murray State College in Tishomingo, OK. She came to Las Cruces to get her bachelor’s degree in animal science but along the way realized the need to double major in range science as well. She joined the Range Club in 2018 and attended a national meeting the following year where she had the opportunity to meet fellow students from across the country and make new contacts. She recently was selected for a Pathways internship as a result of attending the national conference.

President – SRM Student Conclave:

Open position

For more information, contact:

Kelsey Graves
NMSU Range Club President
(Use NMSU phonebook e-mail messenger to contact)

Dr. Casey Spackman & Dr. Santiago Utsumi
Range Club Advisors