Department: W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation
University System: University of Montana - Missoula
Phil Higuera is an associate professor of fire ecology in the Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences at the University of Montana. He directs the PaleoEcology and Fire Ecology Lab, funded largely from the National Science Foundation and Joint Fire Science Program, and he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in fire and disturbance ecology. Work from 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. In 2018, he was named one of Clarivate Analytics’ “highly cited scientists,” for papers published over the previous decade.