Megan M. Friggens
333 Broadway SE, Suite 115
Albuquerque, NM 87102-3660
Contact Megan M. Friggens
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.
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.
- Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, Ph.D. Forestry, 2010
- University of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM, M.S. Biology, 2002
- University of New Mexico, Albuquerque NM, B.S. Biology, 1999
- 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"
Featured Publications & Products
- 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; Bagne, Karen; Finch, Deborah; Falk, Donald ; Triepke, Jack; Lynch, Ann. 2013. Review and recommendations for climate change vulnerability assessment approaches with examples from the Southwest.
- Bagne, Karen E.; Friggens, Megan M.; Finch, Deborah M. 2011. A System for Assessing Vulnerability of Species (SAVS) to Climate Change.
- 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.
- Friggens, Megan M.; Beier, Paul. 2010. Anthropogenic disturbance and the risk of flea-borne disease transmission.
- 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].
- 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, 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.
- 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, Deborah M.; Friggens, Megan; Bagne, Karen. 2011. Case Study 3: Species vulnerability assessment for the Middle Rio Grande, New Mexico.
- Bagne, Karen E.; Finch, Deborah M.; Friggens, Megan M. 2011. Vulnerability of amphibians to climate change: implications for rangeland management.
- 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).