Dr. Ivana Mali, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Biology at Eastern New Mexico University and NM-INBRE investigator, has recently been awarded the ENMU Presidential Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship, Creative Activity.  Dr. Mali was nominated by her peers, students, and the campus community for her amazing achievements and contributions to wildlife research. She will receive a check for $2,000 and a plaque.

Dr. Mali found out about this award while working out on the field, she was sitting on the bank of the Pecos River watching her students set turtle traps. “It put a big smile on my face as it is just a great feeling being recognized for the work not just me, but my students put in in the past 5 years. I have a very dynamic lab and very hard-working students,” she said.  For her, this year is particularly challenging because she and her team are working on 4 different externally funded projects in the middle of pandemic, but this award gave her and her team a motivational boost.