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Deborah Finch

Deborah Finch

Supervisory Research Wildlife Biologist, US Forest Service

dfinch@fs.fed.us

US Forest Service

Titles

  • Supervisory Research Wildlife Biologist, US Forest Service

Biography

Deb focuses much of her research on riparian environments, specifically evaluating the effects of fire and the removal of invasive plant species and fuel loads to reduce the risk of fire and determining the effects of those measures on TES species, water resources, soils, and interactions between different elements of the ecosystem. She evaluates how processes and functions change and how managers can improve ecosystem conditions. She is also interested in restoration, including thinning, prescribed fire, and adaptation assistance. She is evaluating the impacts of natural resources management practices and natural effects such as weather, climate, and fire on threatened and endangered species populations and is interested in developing conservation techniques and tools to recover TES. Deb also examines neotropical migratory birds in relationship to the effects of natural resource practices and natural phenomena. She is involved in Partners in Flight (PIF), an organization which she helped to develop. She is assessing the vulnerability of species to shifts in climate and has developed support tools that managers can use to assist species to adapt to changing conditions.

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Journal Articles

2012

Boone, C. G., E. M. Cook, S. J. Hall, M. L. Nation, N. B. Grimm, C. B. Raish, D. M. Finch and A. M. York. 2012. A comparative gradient approach as a tool to understanding and managing urban ecosystems. Urban Ecosystems 15(4):795-807. DOI: 10.1007/s11252-012-0240-9. (link )

2010

Bateman, H. L., H. L. Snell, A. Chung-MacCoubrey and D. M. Finch. 2010. Growth, activity, and survivorship from three sympatric parthenogenic whiptails (Family Teiidae). Journal of Herpetology 44:301-307. DOI: 10.1670/08-252.1. (link )

2009

Bateman, H. L., A. Chung-MacCoubrey, H. L. Snell and D. M. Finch. 2009. Abundance and species richness of snakes along the Middle Rio Grande riparian forest in New Mexico. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 4:1-8. (link )

Chung-MacCoubrey, A., H. L. Bateman and D. M. Finch. 2009. Captures of Crawford's gray shrews (Notiosorex crawfordi) along the Rio Grande in central New Mexico. Western North American Naturalist 69:260-262. DOI: 10.3398/064.069.0217. (link )

2008

Bateman, H. L., A. Chung-MacCoubrey, D. M. Finch, H. L. Snell and D. L. Hawksworth. 2008. Impacts of non-native plant removal on vertebrates along the Middle Rio Grande (New Mexico). Ecological Restoration 26(3):193-195. DOI: 10.3368/er.26.3.193.

1994

Tweit, R. . and D. M. Finch. 1994. ABERT'S TOWHEE, PIPILO ABERTI. The Birds of North America. A. Poole and F. Gill, editors. No. 111. 20p. 1994. The entire. Birds of North America

1989

Sturgess, J. A., D. C. Robertson, L. Sharp and G. Stephan. 1989. Mitigating duck losses at cyanide ponds - methods, costs and results at an operating gold mine. Proceedings IV: Issues and Technology in the Management of Impacted Wildlife. 98-102.

Presentations

2009

Bateman, H. L., A. Chung-MacCoubrey, D. M. Finch, H. L. Snell and D. L. Hawksworth. 2009. Effects of saltcedar removal on vertebrates along the Rio Grande. Poresentation at the 18-19 February 2009 Tamarisk and Russian Olive Research Conference, Reno, Nevada.

2008

Bateman, H. L., A. Chung-MacCoubrey, H. L. Snell and D. M. Finch. 2008. Snake abundance and species richness in managed riparian forests along the Middle Rio Grande in New Mexico. Presentation at the 23-28 July 2008 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Montreal, Canada.

2006

Bateman, H. L., D. M. Finch, A. Chung-MacCoubrey and D. L. Hawksworth. 2006. Effects on non-native plant removal and fuels reduction on vertebrates along the Middle Rio Grande, New Mexico. Presentation at the 3-4 October 2006 Tamarisk Research Conference: Current Status & Future, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Conference Papers

1993

Finch, D. M. and R. M. Marshall. 1993. Bird use of riparian habitats in north-central arizona during fall migration - results and recommendations. Pp. 212-218 Riparian Management: Common Threads and Shared Interests, A Western Regional Conference on River Management Strategies. Riparian Management: Common Threads and Shared Interests, A Western Regional Conference on River Management Strategies.