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


Philip Higuera

Philip Higuera, Assistant Professor
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

Recent Lab News:

*Congratulations to MS student Tyler Hoecker, who was awarded a Visiting Graduate Student Travel Grant ($1000) to work at the University of Minnesota’s LacCore facility next fall (4/15)

*Congratulations to PhD candidate Adam Young for winning the “Best Poster” (PhD, FRFS) in the CNR poster competition! (4/15)

*Congratulations to PhD candidate Kerry Kemp whose first dissertation chapter was recently accepted for publication in Ecology and Society (4/15)

*Paper published in Biogeosciences-Discussions on tundra fire regimes, led by U of IL PhD candidate Melissa Chipman (1/15)

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