Undergraduate students interested in pursuing senior thesis work (Env. Sci. or ECB), or undergraduates interested in hourly lab technician positions are encouraged to contact Professor Higuera More

Contact

Philip Higuera

Philip Higuera, Assistant Professor
phiguera@uidaho.edu
phone: (208) 885-6024
toll free: Skype: philip.higuera

Office: CNR 204B
Lab: McClure 408
University of Idaho,
P.O. Box 441133
Moscow, ID 83844-1133
West Crazy Lake, Yukon Flats, Alaska

PaleoEcology and Fire Ecology Lab

Forest and Fire Ecology in the Context of Environmental Change

Research in the PaleoEcology and Fire Ecology Lab focuses on understanding the interactions among climate, vegetation, and fire regimes over a range of spatial and temporal scales, in the past, present, and future. Understanding ecological change over time integrates projects within the lab, revealing patterns and processes unobservable over human life spans, providing context for ongoing environmental change, and helping anticipate the consequences of future environmental change.

  • Current themes:
    • Climate-vegetation-fire interactions across a range of temporal scales in boreal forest, subalpine forest, and arctic tundra ecosystems
    • Climate-tree growth relationships in boreal forests of Alaska
    • Informing terrestrial ecosystem models with paleoecological data
    • Understanding the origin and analysis of sediment-charcoal records for reconstructing fire history and fire regimes
  • Tools:
    • The lab uses lake sediments, tree rings, observational records, and statistical modeling to study ecosystems from time scales spanning the past several decades to the past 15,000 years.
  • Locations:
Alaska, Canada, U.S. Rocky Mountains, and Tasmania

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Potential graduate students

Students interested in conducting graduate research in the lab should contact Prof. Higuera, and include a resume or CV and statement of research interests. More

LabNews

Recent Lab News:

*Congratulations to Adam Young for passing his PhD qualify exams. Adam is not a PhD candidate! (11/14)

*Paper published in Journal of Ecology focused on fire regimes in Rocky Mnt. Nat. Park subalpine forests (11/14)

*WELCOME incoming PhD student Meghan Foard and MS student Tyler Hoecker to the lab! (8/14)

*PhD student Adam Young awarded a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship! (5/14)

*PhD student Adam Young awarded a Joint Fire Science Program GRIN Fellowship! (4/14)

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