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
Chickaree Lake, CO

People

People
Philip Higuera

Philip Higuera, Assistant Professor, Lab PI


Postdoctoral Scientists


Jesse Morris

Jesse Morris, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2013-

jlmorris@uidaho.edu

Jesse holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Utah. His research interests are in examining long-term disturbance history, including fire and insect outbreaks, and understanding how regime shifts are modulated by climate and human activity. As a postdoc in the lab, Jesse is working at part of the WildFIRE PIRE team, investigating the causes and consequences of fire in the Central Plateau of Tasmania, Australia. Jesse's research and publication are available on his web site, jessemorris3.com. Follow Jesse on Twitter @jesselmorris3

Graduate Students

Kerry Kemp

Kerry Kemp, PhD Candiate, 2010-

kkemp@uidaho.edu

Kerry is a PhD student in the College of Natural Resources and a member of the Northern Rockies IGERT team. Her interests are in the impacts of global climate change on vegetation distributions and disturbances in forested ecosystems. Her research focuses on the interaction between disturbance events (e.g., fire) and long-term species persistence on landscapes. In 2012 Kerry was awarded a Joint Fire Science Program Graduate Research INovation (GRIN) fellowship and a Stillinger Forest Science Fellowship to fund her research. Kerry has a BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Adam Young

Adam Young, PhD Student, 2011-

amyoung@uidaho.edu

Adam is a PhD student in the College of Natural Resources, interested in fire ecology, paleoecology, and ecosystem modeling. At U Idaho, Adam has worked  as part of the NSF-funded tundra-fire project. In April 2014, Adam was awarded a Joint Fire Science Program Graduate Research INovation (GRIN) fellowship to build on his dissertation work, and in May 2014 Adam was awarded a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship.  Adam has a BS degree in Environmental Science from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York, Syracuse, NY.
M Foard

Meghan Foard, PhD Student, 2014-

mfoard@uidaho.edu

Meghan is a PhD student in the Environmental Science program with research interests in dendroecology and fire ecology. Her dissertation work, part of the PalEON project, will focus on understanding growth-climate and fire-climate relationships in boreal forests of Alaska, using tree-ring and lake-sediment records of past environmental change. Meghan has a BS in Natural Science from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN, and a MS in Environmental Science from Arkansas State University, Jonesboro. Her MS thesis focused on the causes and consequences of Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense) invasion in hydrologically altered forested wetlands.
Tyler Hoecker

Tyler Hoecker, MS Student, 2014-

thoecker@uidaho.edu

Tyler is an MS student in the College of Natural Resources, interested in landscape-scale ecology, our understanding changing disturbance regimes across space and time. He will be studying fire history in interior Alaska, using lake-sediment charcoal records, as part of the PalEON project. Tyler graduated from Willamette University with a BA in Environmental Science in 2011. In addition to undergraduate research on seabirds and grizzlies, he has worked with the Forest Service and in the private sector conducting salmonid habitat and stream geomorphology surveys in the Columbia basin.

Undergraduate Students

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Kaitlynn Palmer

palm1669@vandals.uidaho.edu

Kaitlynn is an undergraduate stduent in the Environmental Science program and has worked in the lab since April 2014, focused on helping develop fire history records from tundra ecosystem in Alaska, as part of the NSF "tundra-fire" project.

 Erick Robertson

Erik Robertson

robe9423@vandals.uidaho.edu

Erik is an undergraduate student in the Ecology and Conservation Biology program in the College of Natural Resources. Erik  has worked in the lab since September 2013, helping develop fire history records from tundra ecosystems in Alaska, as part of the NSF "tundra-fire" project. During the summer of 2014, Erik worked as an intern at the College of Natural Resources' Taylor Wilderness Reserach Station in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Erik's research at the station focused on understanding the dendroecology of Douglas-fir across environmental gradients, and it will become part of his undergraduate thesis work.
Rachel Albertson

Rachel Albertson

albe6105@vandals.uidaho.edu

Rachel Albertson is an undergraduate student in the Environmental Science who has worked in the lab since Dec. 2013. She is helping develop fire history records from small hollow sediments from Tasmania, Australia, as part of the WildFIRE PIRE project.
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Adam Price

pric2895@vandals.uidaho.edu
Adam is an undergraduate in the Forest Resources program and has worked in the lab since October 2013. He  is helping develop fire history records from small hollow sediments from Tasmania, Australia, as part of the WildFIRE PIRE project.

Alumni

Paul Dunnett

Paul Dunnette: 2010-2013

dunnette@uidaho.edu

Paul earned his MS degree in the lab in Fall 2013 for his thesis titled "Biogeochemical Impacts of Fire Over Four Millennia in a Rocky Mountain Subalpine Watershed" which was published in New Phytologist in 2014. His work combined his interested in forest ecosystem processes, fire ecology, and disturbance history. While a graduate student, Paul was awarded a Stillinger Forest Science Fellowship.

Prior to graduate school, Paul obtained a BS degree in Environmental Science from Portland State University, and a BS in Journalism from the University of Portland. Paul is currently a research technician in the lab.

Kelly Derr

Kelly Derr: 2010-2014

Kelly was a Research Scientist (2010-2012) and Post Doctoral Fellow (2013) in the lab. She received her Ph.D. from Washington State University in 2012. As an archaeologist, her research focused on anthropogenic burning and human-environment-climate interactions, with a focus on identifying human arrival into ecosystems using fossil pollen and charcoal records. As of Feb. 2014, Kelly is a Project Archaeologist with Historical Research Associates in Portland, OR. 

Patrick Flanigan

Patrick Flanigan: 2013

Patrick graduated in Dec. 2013 with a double major in Environmental Science and International Studies, winning an Alumni Award for Excellence and the Honors Program "Core Award!" He worked in the lab from April-Dec. 2013, helping develop fire history records from small hollow sediments from Tasmania, Australia, as part of the WildFIRE PIRE project. In Fall 2013 Patrick assisted in collecting a lake-sediment core from the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Canada, which he used to develop a senior thesis project. 

Shannon Pauli: 2011-2013

Shannon graduated with a BS degree in Fire Ecology and Management in 2013. She worked in the lab from July 2011 through July 2013, focusing on fire history in Colorado subalpine forests and tundra fire history in Alaska. In summer 2012, Shannon participated in three weeks of field work in Alaska, helping the lab collect lake sediment records from the Noatak National Preserve. Shannon write a senior thesis that focused on historic fire regimes in the Noatak National Preserve, combining GIScience and comparisons to existing fire history records.

Margaret Ward Keefe: 2010-2012

Maggie was a lab technician in the Paleoecology and Fire Ecology Lab from 2010-2012 and was instrumental in setting up the lab and keep things running smoothly for its first few years. Maggie has a BA in Biology from Ithaca College, NY, and a MS in Forest Resources from the University of Maine, Orono.  

Ryan Moran: 2011

Ryan is an undergraduate student in the College of Natural Resources working on a BS degree in Fire Ecology and Management. Ryan worked in the lab from July-December 2011, focusing on fire history and biogeochemical proxies from sediment cores from Rocky Mountain National Park.

Donnovan VanSant: 2011

Donnovan worked in the lab in the spring of 2011 and graduated with a BS in Geography from the Department of Geography in May 2011. Donnovan worked on gathering and organizing modern datasets on tundra fire history and vegetation in Alaska.

Justin Ziegler: 2011

Justin worked in the lab in the spring and early summer of 2011, focusing on fire history and biogeochemical proxies from sediment cores from Rocky Mountain National Park. After graduating from the College of Natural Resources with a BS in Fire Ecology and Management in the spring of 2011, Justin started graduate school at Colorado State University, where he is pursuing a MS degree in fire ecology.