About Miranda

Our research focuses on understanding the effects of climate and disturbances on forest dynamics so that as a society we can make more informed management decisions. We address this overarching goal by investigating questions such as: 1.) How do drought- and beetle-induced tree mortality and climate affect tree regeneration dynamics and what are the bottlenecks to tree regeneration? 2.) How will forest composition and structure shift across the landscape under a changing climate and following disturbances? 3.) What is the effect of forest management practices on understory vegetation and forest structure and composition over both short (1-2 yr) and long (50 yr) time scales? Our approach to these questions integrates across multiple spatial scales, ranging from the individual tree-scale to broader regional scales, which has allowed us to ask plant population ecology questions at the landscape level. We use a variety of techniques including observational field surveys, geospatial analyses, dendrochronology, and experimental approaches.

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Interests

  • Climate Change
  • Community Ecology
  • Ecology
  • Education
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Other
  • Population Dynamics
  • Disturbance Ecology
  • Forest Ecology

Education

Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology - University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO, 2015

B.S., Environmental Science - University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, 2009