Matthew Brooks


Dr. Matthew Brooks' primary research emphasis is on the ecology and management of alien plants and fire in the deserts and mountains of western North America. Other research topics include drought, wildlife ecology, ecological restoration, and the ecological effects of various land-use regimes. Dr. Brooks serves on the editorial boards of the journals Fire Ecology and Rangeland Ecology and Management, and was a charter editorial board member of Invasive Plant Science and Management. Dr. Brooks has taught at the high school, community college, and university levels and has advised numerous Master's and Doctoral students. 


  • Ph.D., Biology, concentration in Ecology and Population Biology, University of California, Riverside, CA 1998 
  • M.A., Biology, California State University, Fresno, CA 1992 
  • Teaching Credential, Biology/Physical Sciences, California State University, Fresno, CA 1990 
  • B.S., Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine, CA 1987


  • Fire
  • Invasive plants
  • Anthropogenic disturbance
  • Land use