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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)


Megan Friggens

Megan M. Friggens

Research Ecologist
333 Broadway SE, Suite 115
New Mexico
United States

Phone: 505-724-3679
Fax: 505-724-3688
Contact Megan M. Friggens

Current Research

I currently work on the development of methods to assess future threats to species and habitats from climate change and related disturbance impacts. I am currently applying a coupled model approach to a landscape level assessment of habitat and species vulnerability to climate and wildfire in the southwestern U.S. Other projects include climate change vulnerability assessments for western aquatic systems and New Mexico habitats and an assessment of fire impacts on cultural resources in the Southwest.


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.



  • Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, Forestry , 2010
  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM, Biology , 2002
  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM, Biology , 1999

Professional Organizations

  • The Wildlife Society, Member (2002 - Current)
  • Ecological Society of America, Member (2000 - Current)

Awards & Recognition

  • Department of Interior, Partners in Conservation Award, 2011
    Received for contributions to "Scanning the Conservation Horizon: A guide to climate change vulnerability assessment"

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Last updated on : 05/08/2015