The whole world is a savanna; forests and grasslands are just special cases.

Taylor Hansen


Taylor was born and raised in Las Cruces New Mexico and graduated from Alma D’Arte in 2015. She will be graduating from NMSU with a BS in Cultural Geography and GIS in December 2019. What really got her into her degree were the multiple professors at the Department of Geography at NMSU, but the fellowship with the JER has expanded her love for research.

Research Interests

Taylor’s research involves delineating Kangaroo rat mounds and surrounding shrubs to measure change as the percent coverage difference over a 50-year period. She is working with imagery from 1968 and 2011 to compare abundance and diversity in mound and shrub classes. This research has the potential to affect the connectivity between shrubs in the Jornada Experimental Range.

Personal Interests

In her spare time, Taylor usually paints and draws scenic views.