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Seth Munson, Ph.D.

Seth Munson is an ecologist with the Southwest Biological Science Center in Flagstaff, Arizona. His research focuses on plant-soil interactions in dryland ecosystems and how these interactions are affected by climate and land use changes.

Much of Dr. Munson's research aims to understand the dynamics of dryland ecosystems at long temporal and broad spatial scales, and employs a multidisciplinary approach. His work seeks to improve the management of arid and semi-arid lands, including determining effective ecological restoration strategies, and is done in close collaboration with several land management agencies.

Check the Science Tab Below for a List of Current Research Projects.

Research Interests: Plant Ecology, Ecosystem Ecology, Dryland Ecology, Restoration Ecology, Soil Erosion

Professional Experience

  • Research Ecologist, US Geological Survey, Southwest Biological Science Center, Flagstaff, AZ

  • Adjunct Faculty, Northern Arizona University, Department of Biological Sciences, Flagstaff, AZ

  • Adjunct Faculty, Arizona State University, School of Life Sciences, Phoenix, AZ

  • Jan 2011 - Dec 2013: Research Ecologist (Mendenhall Fellow), US Geological Survey, Geology and Environmental Change Science Center, Denver, CO

  • Dec 2008 - Jan 2011: Ecologist, US Geological Survey, Canyonlands Research Station, Moab, Utah

  • May 2004 - Nov 2008; Research Assistant, Colorado State University, Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, Fort Collins, CO

  • Sep 2002 – May 2004;  Research Associate, University of New Mexico, Biology Department, Albuquerque, NM

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D. Ecology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, May 2009

  • B.A. Biology, Earlham College, Richmond, IN, May 2001

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