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Other Appointments

Research Ecologist
U.S. Geological Survey
Southwest Biological Science Center

Contact Information

Call: 928-556-7301


Seth Munson, Ph.D.

Center for Adaptable Western Landscapes

Seth Munson is an affiliate of the Center for Adaptable Western Landscapes. Seth is an ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey 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 Seth’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.

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  1. 2009

    Ph.D. Ecology

    Colorado State University
  2. 2001

    B.A. Biology

    Earlham College

Professional Experience

  1. Current
    Research Ecologist, Southwest Biological Science Center
    U.S. Geological Survey
  2. Current
    Adjunct Faculty, Department of Biological Sciences
    Northern Arizona University
  3. Current
    Adjunct Faculty, School of Life Sciences
    Arizona State University
  4. 2011-2013
    Research Ecologist & Mendenhall Fellow, Geology and Environmental Change Science Center
    U.S. Geological Survey
  5. 2008-2011
    Ecologist, Canyonlands Research Station
    U.S. Geological Survey
  6. 2004-2013
    Research Assistant, Forest and Rangeland Stewardship
    Colorado State University
  7. 2002-2004
    Research Associate, Biology Department
    University of New Mexico