Philip Higuera

Associate Professor of Fire Ecology

Phil Higuera is an associate professor at the University of Montana, where he directs the PaleoEcology and Fire Ecology Lab and teaches courses in fire and disturbance ecology.

Research in his lab spans western North America and has revealed how fire activity varies with climate change in recent decades and the distant past, and how forest ecosystems have responded to these changes. Phil spent the summer of 1999 as an ACES naturalist, before heading to graduate school at the University of Washington. Since 2006, varying components of his research have focused on fire history and ecological change in Colorado forests, in Rocky Mountain National Park and beyond.