Lucero - Food Security Counsultant - Las Cruces, NM, USA

Mary Lucero

Las Cruces, NM, USA


Food Security Counsultant


I combine 30 years of training and professional experience in agricultural, biotech, and environmental science research and education to offer original insights into the environmental, dietary and nutritional factors contributing to increasing food insecurity, widespread chronic illness, and economic decline.
Workshops, seminars, and consultations illustrate local solutions to:
1) building secure local food systems
2) identifying natural and dietary solutions for chronic health conditions
3) using microbes for better human and environmental health
4) financing local food and natural health efforts

Work History

Affiliated Faculty

New Mexico State University

From January 2003

I maintain faculty affiliations with the NMSU Graduate School, the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, and the Molecular Biology Program. I serve on committees to advise graduate students, and have collaborated on a variety of research projects with department faculty. I enjoy presenting guest lectures to undergraduate and graduate students with varied academic backgrounds.

Research Molecular Biologist


January 1999 - March 2013

Retired in March, 2013.

Conducted research in microbial ecology, metagenomics and natural product chemistry of native plant species, including general phytochemical and essential oil analysis. Research has been applied to questions related to restoration of arid environments, and to questions of food security. Work has been documented in peer reviewed journal articles, and recognized internationally in journals and magazines including Nature, New Scientist, Scientific American, and International Innovation.

Postdoctoral Fellow

New Mexico State University

January 1997 - January 1999

I explored phytochemical profiles in chile plants to understand processes involved in capsaicin biosynthesis. Efforts focused on HPLC and GC method development.

I also led the NMSU component of a MEDIC B educational exchange project that allowed biomedical students from NMSU to interact with researchers from Indiana University.

Graduate Research Assistant

New Mexico State University

January 1992 - January 1997

I explored the phytodegradation of nitrogenous explosives using native plants in vitro. Experimentation involved GC, GCMS, and HPLC analysis of explosives and metabolites produced by plants cultivated in vitro, radiotracer analysis, enzyme assays and protein analyses.

Science Teacher

Las Cruces Public Schools

January 1986 - January 1990

Taught seventh grade life science and eighth grade earth science.

Sponsored National Honor Society.

Developed district curriculum based on the geology of the Mesilla valley.

Qualifications & Certifications

PhD in Molecular Biology, minor in Toxicology

New Mexico State University

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