Megan Friggens is a Research Ecologist within the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station whose research activities include the development of species vulnerability assessments and climate change tools, climate change effects on southwestern vertabrate species and ecosystems, the ecology of prairie dogs and plague, disturbance ecology (fire, drought) in the southwestern U. S. ecosystems, and the management of urban open space. Megan has worked for the RMRS since 1998 on various projects including effects prescribed fire on small mammals and their parasites, prairie dog relocation studies, and fire ecology in short grass steppe ecosystems. She obtained her M.S. from the University of New Mexico where she examined the niche dynamics of helminth parasites in stingrays from Baha, Mexico. Her Ph.D. in Forest Science from Northern Arizona University focused on plague ecology, prairie dog conservation, and the effect of anthropogenic disturbance on the spread of flea borne disease.