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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

Richard grew up on his family's ranch in western Montana. As a teenager, his interests in different societies, cultures, and history, were sparked while living with his grandparents in Mexico. Following those interests, Richard earned BA (1985) and MA (1987) degrees in anthropology at the University of Montana. He began working for the Forest Service (Northern Region) on the Kootenai National Forest's Rexford Ranger District in 1988, moving to the Deerlodge National Forest later in that same year. In 1995, Richard moved to Albuquerque and a new position as a research archaeologist with Rocky Mountain Research Station's Cultural Heritage Research Work Unit (RWU). He earned a PhD in American Studies, Environmental Science, and Technology at the University of New Mexico in 2001. His research interests focused on long-term human-environmental interaction in Northern New Mexico, North America in general, and the UK, and included training and study as a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge's McDonald Institute. With disbandment of the RWU in 2005, Richard moved on to his current position as the Southwestern Region's Social Science and Economics Coordinator, with responsibilities for Forest Plan Revision, Research Natural Area planning, and climate change plan