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.