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The Big Burns Project: Causes and consequences of fire-regime variability in Rocky Mountain forests

Years: 2017-2021
Location: Northern Rocky Mountains of Montana and Idaho
Funding: The National Science Foundation's Division of Environmental Biology (grant 1655121)
Investigators: Higuera (PI), and co-PIs Tara Hudiburg (Univ. of Idaho), Kendra McLauchlan (Kansas St. Univ.), and Bryan Shuman (Univ. of Wyoming)

The Big Burns Project: Causes and consequences of fire-regime variability in Rocky Mountain forests

Climate variability and post-fire forest regeneration in the Northern Rockies

Years: 2016-2019
Location: Northern Rocky Mountains of Montana and Idaho
Funding: Joint Fire Science Program (grant 16-1-01-15)
Investigators: Kimberly Davis (co-PI, principal author of grant), Higuera (PI), and Solomon Dobrowski (co-PI)

Climate variability and post-fire forest regeneration in the Northern Rockies

Identifying ecological and social resilience in fire-prone landscapes

Years: 2016-2019
Location: Bitterroot Valley, MT, Methow Valley, WA, western United States
Funding: Joint Fire Science Program (grant 16-3-01-24)
Investigators: Higuera (PI), and co-PIs Libby Metcalf (UM), Alex Metcalf (UM), Carol Miller (USFS), and Dave McWethy (Montana St. Univ.)

Identifying ecological and social resilience in fire-prone landscapes

PalEON: A PaleoEcological Observatory Network to Assess Terrestrial Ecosystem Models

Years: 2013-2018
Location: Alaskan boreal forests
Funding: National Science Foundation MacroSystems Biology Program
Investigators: Jason McLachlan (PI, Notre Dame), co-PIs Higuera et al. 

PalEON: A PaleoEcological Observatory Network to Assess Terrestrial Ecosystem Models

The NOVUS project for integrating Paleo- and Neo-ecology

Years: 2012-2017
Location: Coordination network; global scope
Funding: National Science Foundation's Research Coordination Network Program
Investigators: Kendra McLauchlan (PI, Kansas St. Univ.), co-PIs Higuera, and Dan Gavin

The NOVUS project for integrating Paleo- and Neo-ecology

WildFIRE PIRE

Feedbacks and consequences of altered fire regimes in the face of climate and land-use change in Australia, New Zealand, and the western U.S. 
Years:
 2010-2015
Location: U.S. Rocky Mountains, Tasmania, Australia, New Zealand
Funding: National Science Foundation's Program for International Research and Education
Investigators: Cathy Whitlock (PI, Montana St. Univ.), co-PIs Higuera, et al. 

WildFIRE PIRE

Integrating paleoecological analysis and ecological modeling to elucidate the responses of tundra fire regimes to climate change.

Years: 2010-2014
Location: Alaskan and Canadian Arctic
Funding: National Science Foundation's Division of Polar Programs
Investigators: Feng Sheng Hu (PI) and co-PIs Higuera, Paul Duffy, and Mike Dietze

Integrating paleoecological analysis and ecological modeling to elucidate the responses of tundra fire regimes to climate change.

Impacts of climate change on the boreal forest fire regimes of Alaska

Years: 2006-2010
Location:
 Alaskan boreal forests
Funding: Post-doctoral research, funded through the National Science Foundation's Arctic System Science Program: ARC-0612366 to F. S. Hu et al.
Investigators: Feng Sheng Hu (PI), Higuera as post doc.

Impacts of climate change on the boreal forest fire regimes of Alaska

Reconstructing fire regimes in tundra ecosystems to inform a management-oriented ecosystem model

Years: 2006-2010
Location: Noatak National Preserve, Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Alaska
Funding: Joint Fire Science Program (Grant 06-3-1-23) to F. S. Hu et al.
Investigators: Feng Sheng Hu (PI), Higuera as post doc, and principal author of proposal

Reconstructing fire regimes in tundra ecosystems to inform a management-oriented ecosystem model

Spatial and temporal evolution of late Holocene fire regimes in subalpine forests

Years: 2006-2009
Location:
 Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Funding: Post-doctoral research funded through a National Park Ecological Research Fellowship program and the National Park Service.
Investigators: Higuera (PI), Cathy Whitlock, post-doctoral advisor

Spatial and temporal evolution of late Holocene fire regimes in subalpine forests

Late Glacial and Holocene Fire History in the South-central Brooks Range, Alaska

Direct and Indirect Impacts of Climatic Change on Fire Regimes
Years: 
2003-2006
Location: South-central Brooks Range, Alaska
Funding: Dissertation research, funded through the National Science Foundation, OPP-01121586 to L. B. Brubaker et al. and a Graduate Research Fellowship to PEH

Late Glacial and Holocene Fire History in the South-central Brooks Range, Alaska

Reconstructing fire regimes with charcoal and pollen from small hollows: a calibration with tree-ring records of fire

Years: 1999-2003
Location: Orcas Island, Washington
Funding: Master's research funded through the National Science Foundation, to L. B. Brubaker and D. G. Sprugel, and a Graduate Research Fellowship to PEH

Reconstructing fire regimes with charcoal and pollen from small hollows: a calibration with tree-ring records of fire