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Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystems
Contact Information
  • Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystems
  • 333 Broadway SE. Suite 115
  • Albuquerque, NM 87102-3497
  • 505-724-3660
  • 505-724-3688 (fax)
Presenter Bio

Deborah Finch received her Bachelor's Degree in Wildlife Management from Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA, her Master's in Zoology and Physiology from Arizona State University, Phoenix, and her Ph.D. in Zoology and Range Science from University of Wyoming, Laramie. Deborah served as a research wildlife biologist employed by the Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) from 1978 to 2008. Her research interests have included assessing impacts of climate change and other stressors; ecosystem restoration using prescribed fire, fuel removal, and non-native species control; ecology of river systems; avian reproduction and habitat relationships; use of open space and urban environments; invasive and exotic plants; threatened, endangered and sensitive species; and decision support to natural resources managers. During her career, she has worked on various research projects in Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas, Oregon, New Mexico, California, and Mexico. From 1993 to 2007, she led a Grassland and Riparian Ecosystem Research Unit, and from 1994 to 2009, she additionally led an interdisciplinary unit for Middle Rio Grande Ecosystem Management Research. She has authored or co-authored about 160 research publications. Deborah served as Acting National Wildlife Program Leader for Forest Service Research and Development in 2007; as Acting Program Manager for two RMRS ecosystem programs in 2008-09, and as Acting Assistant Director for Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station in 2009-10. She became a permanent Program Manager for the Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystem Science Program of RMRS in 2010.