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Rebecca Finger-Higgens, Ph.D.

Rebecca Finger-Higgens is an ecologist with the Southwest Biological Science Center whose work explores landscape legacies and climate change impacts on dryland and Arctic ecosystems.

Rebecca's research focuses on ecosystem stability, resiliency, and thresholds in the face of climate change and land use practices. Her research explores how water and nutrient dynamics shape ecosystems, from the plot to landscape scale across the boreal forest, arctic tundra, and now the drylands of the Southwest. Currently, Rebecca's work explores how long-term observational records and drought and climate manipulations from across the southwestern US impact terrestrial dryland ecosystems.

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D. Ecology, Evolution, Environments and Society, Dartmouth College 2020

  • M.S. Biological Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks 2015

  • B.S. Environmental Science, George Washington University 2006

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