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Dr Higuera is a professor in the Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences at the University of Montana. He directs the PaleoEcology and Fire Ecology Lab, funded largely by the National Science Foundation and the Joint Fire Science Program, and he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in fire and disturbance ecology. His lab’s work spans western North America and revealed how fire activity has varied with climate change in recent decades and into the distant past, and how forest ecosystems have responded to these changes. . In 2018, he was named one of Clarivate Analytics’ “Most Cited Scientists” for papers published in the previous decade.

Dr Higuera holds a BA in Biology and Environmental Studies from Middlebury College, as well as an MA and PhD in Forest Ecosystem Analysis from the University of Washington. Before joining the faculty at the University of Montana in 2015, he was an assistant professor at the University of Idaho for six years.


  • 2021 – present Professor, The University of Montana
  • 2015-2021 Associate Professor, University of Montana
  • 2009–2015 Assistant Professor, University of Idaho


  • 2006 University of Washington, PhD, Forest Ecology
  • 2002 University of Washington, MS, forest ecology
  • 1998 Middlebury College, BA, Biology, Environmental Studies, Geology


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