Rebecca Rowe

Phone: (603) 862-2810
Office: Natural Resources & the Environment, James Hall Rm 136, Durham, NH 03824
Pronouns: She/her/hers
Rebecca Rowe

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.


  • Ph.D., Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago
  • B.A., Biology and Anthropology, Bowdoin College

Research Interests

  • Conservation Biology
  • Ecology
  • Global Change
  • Mammalogy

Courses Taught

  • NR 603: Landscape Ecology
  • NR 642: Introduction to Biogeography
  • NR 712: Mammalogy
  • NR 712/812: Mammalogy
  • NR 903: Approach to Research

Selected Publications

Tisell, H. B., Degrassi, A. L., Stephens, R. B., & Rowe, R. J. (n.d.). Southern Red-backed Vole (<i>Myodes gapperi</i>) habitat associations in northern New England forests. Journal of Mammalogy. doi:10.1093/jmammal/gyad068

Borgmann‐Winter, B. W., Stephens, R. B., Anthony, M. A., Frey, S. D., D'Amato, A. W., & Rowe, R. J. (2023). Wind and Small Mammals Disperse Complementary Fungal Communities. The Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, 104(3). doi:10.1002/bes2.2090

Min, E., Naeem, S., Gough, L., McLaren, J. R., Rowe, R. J., Rastetter, E., . . . Griffin, K. L. (2023). Using structure to model function: incorporating canopy structure improves estimates of ecosystem carbon flux in arctic dry heath tundra. Environmental Research Letters, 18(6), 065004. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/acceb6

Borgmann-Winter, B. W., Stephens, R. B., Anthony, M. A., Frey, S. D., D'Amato, A. W., & Rowe, R. J. (2023). Wind and small mammals are complementary fungal dispersers.. Ecology, 104(6), e4039. doi:10.1002/ecy.4039

Roy, A., Gough, L., Boelman, N. T., Rowe, R. J., Griffin, K. L., & McLaren, J. R. (2022). Small but mighty: Impacts of rodent-herbivore structures on carbon and nutrient cycling in arctic tundra. FUNCTIONAL ECOLOGY, 36(9), 2331-2343. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.14127

Rowe, R. J., & Terry, R. C. (2014). Small mammal responses to environmental change: integrating past and present dynamics. JOURNAL OF MAMMALOGY, 95(6), 1157-1174. doi:10.1644/13-MAMM-S-079

Rowe, R. J., Terry, R. C., & Rickart, E. A. (2011). Environmental change and declining resource availability for small-mammal communities in the Great Basin. ECOLOGY, 92(6), 1366-1375. doi:10.1890/10-1634.1

Rickart, E. A., Balete, D. S., Rowe, R. J., & Heaney, L. R. (2011). Mammals of the northern Philippines: tolerance for habitat disturbance and resistance to invasive species in an endemic insular fauna. DIVERSITY AND DISTRIBUTIONS, 17(3), 530-541. doi:10.1111/j.1472-4642.2011.00758.x

Rowe, R. J., Finarelli, J. A., & Rickart, E. A. (2010). Range dynamics of small mammals along an elevational gradient over an 80-year interval. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY, 16(11), 2930-2943. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2009.02150.x

Rowe, R. J. (2009). Environmental and geometric drivers of small mammal diversity along elevational gradients in Utah. ECOGRAPHY, 32(3), 411-422. doi:10.1111/j.1600-0587.2008.05538.x

Most Cited Publications