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Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences

College of Natural Resources

phone: (208) 885-7952
fax: (208) 885-6564

875 Perimeter Drive MS 1133
Moscow, ID 83844-1133
Beth Newingham

Beth Newingham

Office: CNR 205D
Phone: 208.885.6538
Email: beth@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 1133
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1133

College of Natural Resources
Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences
Assistant Professor

Campus Locations: Moscow | Boise
With UI Since 2008

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Aridlands Ecology
    • Global Change
    • Fire Ecology
    • Restoration Ecology
  • Biography

    Dr. Newingham joined the UI faculty in 2008 as an aridlands and restoration ecologist. Previous to UI she conducted research and was the program director and an instructor for an education program for wildland firefighters at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her days as a desert rat began with the US Geologic Survey in Moab, UT. While her interests span many taxa, her research focuses on the effects of global change, fire, and invasive species on semi-arid and arid ecosystems. Her research also investigates how restoration techniques affect ecosystem recovery now and in future climates. She spends most of her time wandering in the Great Basin and Mojave deserts.

  • Selected Publications
    • Schmalz, H.J., R.V. Taylor, T.N. Johnson, P.L. Kennedy, S.J. DeBano, BA. Newingham, and P.A. McDaniel. in press. Stocking rate and edaphic habitat types influence indicators of soil stability and hydrologic function. Rangeland Ecology and Management.
    • Newingham, B.A., C.H. Vanier, T.N. Charlet, K. Ogle, S.D. Smith, and R.S. Nowak. 2013. No cumulative effect of ten years of elevated [CO2] on perennial plant biomass components in the Mojave Desert. Global Change Biology. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12177.
    • Suronen, E.F. and B.A. Newingham. 2013. A starting point: An ecosystem of reference for habitat restoration of the northern Idaho ground squirrel, Urocitellus brunneus. Northwestern Naturalist. 94:TBD.
    • Newingham, B.A., C. H. Vanier, T.N. Charlet and S.D. Smith. 2012. Effects of enhanced summer monsoons, nitrogen deposition and soil disturbance on Larrea tridentata productivity and resulting herbivory in the Mojave Desert.  Journal of Arid Environments. 87:19-28.
    • Newingham, B.A., A.C. Ganguli, and B.J. Orr. 2012. Building a Teaching Technology Toolbox for Rangeland Ecology. Rangelands. 34:26-33.
    • Smith, S.D., T.N. Charlet, L.F. Fenstermaker and B.A. Newingham.  2009.  Effects of Global Change on the Mojave Desert Ecosystem.  In: The Mojave Desert: Ecosystem Processes and Sustainability.  Eds: Webb, R.H., J.M. André, L.F. Fenstermaker, J.S. Heaton, D.L. Hughson, E.V. McDonald, and D.M. Miller.  University of Arizona Press. 
  • Research Projects
    • Effects of climate change on post-fire ecosystem recovery and restoration – examining the effects of altered precipitation and increased temperatures on post-fire seedling success and community dynamics in the Great Basin
    • Global change in the Mojave Desert – examining the effects of elevated CO2, nitrogen deposition, altered precipitation, and soil disturbance on Mojave Desert productivity
    • Post-fire soil erosion in the Great Basin – quantifying the effects of fire and post-fire restoration practices on wind-driven soil erosion; determining risk factors related to wind-driven erosion
    • Effects of post-fire seeding techniques on soil properties – determining the effects of fire and comparing effects of the rangeland and minimum-till seeding drills on soil stability, moisture, microtopography, wind erosion, infiltration, and chemistry in the Great Basin
    • Ecosystem recovery to extreme fires – evaluating ecosystem and human recovery from extreme fires using remote sensing and field data
    • Wildlife habitat restoration – examining the effects of prescribed fire used to restore northern Idaho ground squirrel habitat
  • Outreach Projects
    • Murphy Complex Fire tour with Sage and Sharp-tailed Grouse workshop, Twin Falls, ID, 2010
    • “Murphy Complex and More” tour with BLM, Twin Falls, ID, 2009
    • Dust mitigation tour with UT BLM on the Milford Flat Fire, Fillmore, UT, 2009
    • BLM Healthy Lands Initiative field tour, 2008
    • BLM Sagebrush Identification workshop, 2008
    • Murphy Complex Fire tour, Twin Falls, ID, 2008

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