Rebecca Rowe, Ph.D.

Rebecca Rowe, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator for Wildlife & Conservation Biology, Associate Professor


I am interested in questions at the interface of community ecology, historical ecology, and landscape ecology, and in promoting the use of natural history collections data in ecology and conservation. I conduct field surveys and use historical records and geospatial data to investigate the impact of climate change and land use on species’ distributions and community dynamics, and the processes shaping patterns of diversity along both spatial gradients and disturbance gradients. Work to date has focused on small mammals in mountainous regions. My research is motivated by the need for synthesis across ecological disciplines spanning a range of spatial and temporal scales to provide the necessary framework to better understand and forecast the chronic and cumulative effects of anthropogenic environmental change. Central to this work is the question of how patterns of biodiversity, both their detection and attribution, vary across spatial scales.

Prospective Students

I am currently looking for motivated graduate students to join the lab. If you are interested in applying to work with me, please contact me by email and include a CV and brief description of your research and career interests. 


  • 2006 Ph.D. Committee on Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago
  • 1997 BA, Biology & Anthropology, Bowdoin College

Selected Publications

Rowe, R.J., R.C. Terry and E.A. Rickart. (2011). Environmental change and declining resource availability for small mammal communities in the Great Basin. Ecology 92(6):1366-1375

Rickart, E.A., D.S. Balete, R.J. Rowe and L.R. Heaney. (2011). Mammals of the northern Philippines: tolerance for habitat disturbance and resistance to invasive species in an endemic insular fauna. Diversity & Distributions 17:530-541.

Rickart, E.A., R.J. Rowe, S.L. Robson, L.F. Alexander and D.S. Rogers. (2011) Shrews of the Ruby Mountains, northeastern Nevada. Southwestern Naturalist 56(1):95-102. 

Rowe, R.J., J.A. Finarelli and E.A. Rickart. (2010) Range dynamics of small mammals along an elevational gradient over an 80-year interval. Global Change Biology 16:2930-2943.                                                             

Rowe, R.J. (2009) Environmental and geometric drivers of small mammal diversity along
elevational gradients in Utah. Ecography 32:411-422.

Rowe, R.J. and S. Lidgard (2009). Elevational gradients and species richness: do methods change pattern  perception? Global Ecology and Biogeography 18(2):163-177.

Rowe, R.J. (2007). Legacies of land use and recent climatic change: the small mammal fauna in the mountains of Utah. The American Naturalist 170(2):242-257

Rowe, R.J. (2005). Elevational gradient analyses and the use of historical museum specimens: a
cautionary tale.  Journal of Biogeography 32:1883-1897.

Dr. Rebecca Rowe
James Hall, Room 136
Durham, NH 03824