Phil Higuera is a Professor of Fire Ecology in the Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences at W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation (University of Montana). His research in the PaleoEcology and Fire Ecology Lab focuses on understanding the interactions among climate, vegetation, and fire regimes over a range of spatial and temporal scales, in the past, present, and future. Understanding ecological change over time integrates projects within the lab, revealing patterns and processes unobservable over human life spans, providing context for ongoing environmental change, and helping anticipate the consequences of future environmental change. Phil received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Seattle, Division of Ecosystem Science.