Current and future research in the lab will focus on four broad themes, all related to improving biodiversity data collection and analysis and the application to conservation action.

Biodiversity Monitoring and Assessment:

Current projects in the Lacher lab include: assessing the conservation status of New World small mammals, mammalian biodiversity assessments at high elevation habitats in Peru, amphibian and small mammal threatened species monitoring in Colombia, threatened bat ecology and conservation projects in Texas and Mexico, primate behavior in lowland Peru, and mammalian biological corridor use in Costa Rica.

 Endangered Species Research:

Our research team currently studies threatened species in Colombia, Peru, Mexico, and Costa Rica, with an emphasis on mammals.

IUCN Red List and Global Assessment Activities:

Thomas Lacher, Nikki Roach, and Shelby McCay are leading Red Listing efforts from TAMU for the Small Mammal Specialist Group, with the help from over a dozen undergraduates, 100+ global collaborators, and the SMSG team at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in the UK, the Global Mammal Assessment team at Sapienza Università di Roma, and at the IUCN Red List Unit in Cambridge, UK. Contact Shelby ( to find out how you can get involved.

Undergraduate Research/Internships

Applied Biodiversity Conservation Scholars Program

The lab also currently hosts the Applied Biodiversity Science Conservation Scholars Program, supported by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The program supports between 13 and 15 undergraduates each year to conduct on-campus research with a faculty mentor followed by a fully funded summer internship to gain complementary practical and/or policy experience. Details of the program can be found at (