Megan M. Friggens
333 Broadway SE, Suite 115
Albuquerque, NM 87102-3660
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.
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.
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.
- 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
Featured Publications & Products
- Davison, Jennifer E.; Coe, Sharon; Finch, Deborah; Rowland, Erika; Friggens, Megan; Graumlich, Lisa J. 2012. Bringing indices of species vulnerability to climate change into geographic space: an assessment across the Coronado national forest.
- Bagne, Karen E.; Friggens, Megan M.; Finch, Deborah M. 2011. A System for Assessing Vulnerability of Species (SAVS) to Climate Change.
- Friggens, Megan M.; Beier, Paul. 2010. Anthropogenic disturbance and the risk of flea-borne disease transmission.
- Bagne, Karen E.; Finch, Deborah M.; Friggens, Megan M. 2011. Vulnerability of amphibians to climate change: implications for rangeland management.
- Friggens, M. M.; Ford, P. L.; Parmenter, R. R.; Boyden, M.; Gage, K. 2011. Assessing plague risk and presence through surveys of small mammal flea communities.
- Finch, D. M.; Bagne, K. E.; Friggens, M. M.; Smith, D. M.; Brodhead, K. M. 2011. A review of climate change effects on terrestrial rangeland birds.
- Coe, Sharon J.; Finch, Deborah M.; Friggens, Megan M. 2012. An assessment of climate change and the vulnerability of wildlife in the Sky Islands of the Southwest.
Publications & Products
- Ojima, Dennis S.; Iverson, Louis R.; Sohngen, Brent L.; Vose, James M.; Woodall, Christopher W.; Domke, Grant M.; Peterson, David L.; Littell, Jeremy S.; Matthews, Stephen N.; Prasad, Anantha M.; Peters, Matthew P.; Yohe, Gary W.; Friggens, Megan M. 2014. Risk assessment [Chapter 9].
- Bagne, Karen E.; Friggens, Megan M.; Coe, Sharon J.; Finch, Deborah M. 2014. The importance of assessing climate change vulnerability to address species conservation.
- Friggens, Megan; Raish, Carol; Finch, Deborah; McSweeney, Alice. 2014. The influence of personal belief, agency mission and city size on open space decision making processes in three southwestern cities.
- Friggens, Megan M.; Finch, Deborah M.; Bagne, Karen E.; Coe, Sharon J.; Hawksworth, David L. 2013. Vulnerability of species to climate change in the Southwest: terrestrial species of the Middle Rio Grande.
- Friggens, Megan M.; Matthews, Stephen N. 2012. Appendix 2: Risk-based framework and risk case studies. Risk Assessment for two bird species in northern Wisconsin..
- Friggens, Megan M.; Pinto, Jeremiah R.; Dumroese, R. Kasten; Shaw, Nancy L. 2012. Decision support: Vulnerability, conservation, and restoration (Chapter 8).
- Runyon, Justin B.; Butler, Jack L.; Friggens, Megan M.; Meyer, Susan E.; Sing, Sharlene E. 2012. Invasive species and climate change (Chapter 7).
- Friggens, Megan M.; Warwell, Marcus V.; Chambers, Jeanne C.; Kitchen, Stanley G. 2012. Modeling and predicting vegetation response of western USA grasslands, shrublands, and deserts to climate change (Chapter 1).
- Friggens, Megan M.; Matthews, Stephen N. 2012. Risk assessment for two bird species in northern Wisconsin.
- Amelon, Sybill; Brooks, Robert T.; Glaeser, Jessie; Friggens, Megan; Lindner, Daniel; Loeb, Susan C.; Lynch, Ann; Minnis, Drew; Perry, Roger; Rowland, Mary M.; Tomosy, Monica; Weller, Ted. 2012. U.S. Forest Service Research and Development (USFS R/D) national science strategy on White Nose Syndrome (WNS).
- Finch, Deborah M.; Friggens, Megan; Bagne, Karen. 2011. Case Study 3: Species vulnerability assessment for the Middle Rio Grande, New Mexico.
- Friggens, Megan M.; Parmenter, Robert R.; Boyden, Michael; Ford, Paulette L.; Gage, Kenneth; Keim, Paul. 2010. Flea abundance, diversity, and plague in Gunnison's prairie dogs (Cynomys gunnisoni) and their burrows in montane grasslands in northern New Mexico.
- Friggens, Megan M. 2010. Fleas, hosts and habitat: What can we predict about the spread of vector-borne zoonotic diseases?.
- Friggens, Megan M. 2008. Is there a link between anthropogenic disturbance and the diversity and abundance of rodent flea communities?.
- Friggens, Megan M.; Duszynski, Donald W. 2005. Four new cestode species from the spiral intestine of the round stingray, Urobatis halleri, in the Northern Gulf of California, Mexico.
- Friggens, M. M.; Brown, J. H. 2005. Niche partitioning in the cestode communities of two elasmobranchs.
- Ryan, M. M.; Decker, K. H.; Duszynski, D. W. 2001. Prevalence of Eimeria (Apicomplexa: Eimeriidae) in reintroduced Gunnison's prairie dogs (Cynomys gunnisoni).