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Megan M Friggens

Research Ecologist
333 Broadway SE, Suite 115
Albuquerque, NM 87102-3660
Phone: 505-724-3679
Fax: 505-724-3688
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Current Research

I currently work on the development of vulnerability assessments and tools to help managers identify species susceptible to climate change. I have also worked to couple spatial analyses with vulnerability assessment output, on a cross site urban-wildland project regarding managment of open space and am currently conducting a landscape level assessment of habitat and species vulnerability in the southwestern U.S. Future work will integrate information on expected impacts from climate change with other threats relating to human land use, natural disturbances and disease spread using models to identify future threats to species and habitats.

Research Interests

My research interests include disturbance (fire, drought, land conversion, pathogens and parasites) and climate change impacts on wildlife species; Wildlife disease ecology; Wildlife disease as an invasive species issue; and Conservation biology. I also have interests in landscape scale analyses of disturbance processes.

Past Research

Climate mediated mechanisms of plague introduction into prairie dogs. Presence and spread of zoonotic disease. Effect of anthropogenic disturbance on the risk of flea-borne disease transmission. Effect of fire on wildlife disease.

Why This Research is Important

Climate change is a growing issue for species conservation and will exacerbate many ongoing threats impacting wildlife. Climate change affects species' interactions in unpredictable ways and is likely to increase the negative impact of invasive species and disease. Managers are faced with the task of making decisions under a number of uncertainties relating to future conditions and species responses to those conditions. Much of my research aims to help managers and conservationists identify successful strategies for addressing issues relating to species conservation under global change.

 

Education

  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM, BS Biology, 1999
  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM, MS Biology, 2002
  • Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, Ph.D. Forestry, 2010

Awards & Recognition

  • DOI, 2011
    Partners in Conservation Award

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Last updated on : 04/16/2014