Rebecca graduated with a BA in Biology from Colby College in 1997, earned a MS in Botany from Oregon State University in 2005, and earned a MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of Montana in 2017. Her botany thesis work investigated post-fire vegetation succession in the Bob Marshall Wilderness of Montana. She has gained experience in botany and biology throughout the west working for the Forest Service, universities, consulting firms, and non-profits performing restoration and vegetation surveys for research and conservation. Rebecca is the head botanist at MPG Ranch. Her research interests include vascular plant phenology, biological soil crust, and restoration.
Matthew A. Bowker, Kyle D. Doherty, Anita J. Antoninka, Philip W. Ramsey, Mary Ellyn DuPre and Rebecca A. Durham (2022). Biocrusts Influence Vascular Plant Community Development, Promoting Native Plant Dominance. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 10.3389.
Kyle D. Doherty, Henry S. Grover, Matthew A. Bowker, Rebecca A. Durham, Anita J. Antoninka, Philip W. Ramsey, (2020). Producing moss-colonized burlap fabric in a fog chamber for restoration of biocrust. Ecological Engineering Volume 158, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoleng.2020.106019.