Sunday, February 25, 2018//10:30 to 1:00 pm ET
Washington D.C. Chapter Lobo Day Brunch

The UNM Alumni Washington DC Chapter will host the 2018 Lobo Day Brunch at Ft. Belvoir Officer's Club. The annual meeting is at 10:30 a.m., with the brunch to follow at 11 a.m. The featured speaker will be Dr. Christopher Witt, associate professor in the Department of Biology and Curator of Birds at the Museum of Southwestern Biology of the University of New Mexico.

Witt's scientific research discovered how the smallest birds on the planet take in and expel oxygen and how they adapt genetically to thinner air. His documentary, "Super Hummingbirds", aired on PBS Nature, and examined how altitude and various air pressures affect their behaviors.

More on Dr. Witt:

Witt uses museum specimens to study biogeography and evolution of birds, with a geographic focus on the Andes and the southwestern USA. His research approaches include comparative genomics, physiology, phylogenetics and parasitology. Witt has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles. Witt received his PhD in 2004 from Louisiana State University and conducted his postdoctoral work at UC-Berkeley (2005-06), before starting at UNM in 2007.

Ticketing and Registration:

Cost is $35 per person.


For more information or changes to your RSVP, contact Larry Harris, Washington, D.C. Chapter contact, by email or by phone at 703-869-2551.

Location and Parking:

Location: Fort Belvoir Officer's Club, Valley Forge Room, 5500 Schulz Cir # 20, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060; 703-780-0930. The Valley Forge Room is to the left immediately after entering the front door and then the first right down the hallway. Security restrictions can change for a variety of reasons, including the possibility of construction on the base.


Attendees MUST use the Tulley Gate entrance and present a picture ID to the MP at the gate for each occupant of your car. No pre-vetting required for this year's event; however, please plan on allowing extra time to enter the gate.

  1. Take I-95 South from the Beltway to the Belvoir/Newington exit.
  2. Turn right and you will connect with the southern leg of the Fairfax County Parkway. Take the Parkway east to its end at Richmond Highway (Route 1). Turn left.
  3. Continue on Pohick Road to Gunston Road and turn right.
  4. Turn left on 21st Street, turn right on Belvoir Drive, and then turn left onto Woodlawn Drive. This street runs directly into the Officer's Club.


For questions or more information:

Alumni Relations Office
O: 505-277-5808
800-ALUM-UNM (258-6866)