Jessica Miesel, Ph.D.

Jessica Miesel

Assistant Professor, Applied Forest Ecology and Management

110 Natural Resources Building

(517) 355-8239

Miesel Fire and Ecosystem Ecology Laboratory

Education

Ph.D. in Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology, The Ohio State University, 2009
B.S. in Life and Earth Sciences, Otterbein College, 2001

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in fire ecology and management in temperate ecosystems.  My specific interests include fire effects on coniferous forest soils, fire and fire surrogate forest management strategies, and the role of natural and anthropogenic black carbon in soil ecosystem processes.

Publications

Miesel, J., P.C. Goebel, R.G. Corace III, D. Hix, R. Kolka, B. Palik, and D. Mladenoff.  2012.  Review:Fire Effects on Soils in Lake States Forests: A Compilation of Published Research to Facilitate Long-Term Investigations.  Forests 3:1034-1070.  doi:10.3390/f3041034.

Miesel, J.R.  2012.  Differential responses of Pinus ponderosa and Abies concolor foliar characteristics and diameter growth to thinning and prescribed fire treatments.  Forest Ecology and Management 284:163-173.  doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2012.07.054.

Miesel, J.R., M.J. Renz, J.E. Doll, and R.D. Jackson.  2012.  Effectiveness of weed management in establishment of switchgrass and a native species mixture for biofuels.  Biomass and Bioenergy 36:121-131.  doi:10.1016/j.biombioe.2011.10.018.

Miesel, J.R., R.E.J. Boerner, and C.N. Skinner.  2011.  Soil nitrogen mineralization and enzymatic activities in fire and fire surrogate treatments in California.  Canadian Journal of Soil Science 91:935-946.  doi:10.4141/CJSS10098.

Miesel, J.R., R.E.J. Boerner, and C.N. Skinner.  2009.  Mechanical restoration of California mixed conifer forests:  Does it matter which trees are cut? Restoration Ecology 17:784-795.

Boerner, R., C. Giai, J. Huang, and J. Miesel.  2008.  Initial Effects of Fire and Mechanical Thinning on Soil Enzyme Activity and Nitrogen Transformations in Eight North American Forest Ecosystems.  Soil Biology and Biochemistry 40:3076-3085.

Miesel, J.R., C.N. Skinner, and R.E.J. Boerner. 2007. Impact of fire on soil resource patterns in a northern California montane ecosystem. Pages 94-102 in R.E. Masters and K.E.M. Galley (eds.). Proceedings of the 23rd Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Conference: Fire in Grassland and Shrubland Ecosystems. Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy, Tallahassee, FL.