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Brian Miranda

Institute for Applied Ecosystem Studies: Theory and Application of Scaling Science in Forestry
5985 Highway K
Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501-9128
Phone: 715-362-1186

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Current Research

I provide GIS and modeling support for research on forest disturbance in the Great Lakes region. Our research explores interactions among people, fire, and other disturbances, such as defoliating insects. We use simulation models to explore long-term impacts of management decisions including timber harvest and fire and fuels management.

Research Interests

I am very interested in conducting research that combines forest simulation modeling and wildlife habitat evaluations. Simulation models allow us to evaluate potential future conditions, which can be very useful in planning wildlife habitat management and conservation.

Why This Research is Important

Our research helps forest managers decide how to minimize risks due to fire and other disturbances. We can model potential outcomes of alternative management decisions or priorities, and inform the decision-makers of the possible consequences.


  • SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, M.S. Fish and Wildlife Biology and Management, 2002
  • SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, B.S. Environmental and Forest Biology, 1999

Professional Organizations

  • The Wildlife Society
  • International Association for Landscape Ecology
  • International Association of Wildland Fire

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National Research Highlights

Scientists Predict Survivability Factors for Northern Forests Given Elevated CO2 and Ozone Levels (2013)
The researchers scaled up a high-profile 11-year ecosystem experiment called Aspen-FACE to assess how elevated carbon dioxide and ozone levels might impact real forests at the landscape scale over the course of many future decades. They determined that there will be winners and losers among species and within species groups but that managers can have considerable control over the outcomes by managing disturbance effects on forests and landscape spatial patterns. The researchers also found that changes will be gradual and that few species are likely to disappear completely because of carbon dioxide and ozone effects alone.

Last updated on : 01-Sep-2016