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Brian R. Miranda

Brian R. Miranda

5985 Highway K
United States

Phone: 715-362-1186
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Current Research

Brian provides GIS, programming, statisitical analysis and modeling support for research on forest disturbance in the Great Lakes region.  His research explores interactions among forests, people, fire and other disturbances, such as defoliating insects. He uses simulation models to explore long-term impacts of management decisions, including timber harvest and fire and fuels management. De Jager, Nathan R.; Drohan, Patrick J.; Miranda, Brian M.; Sturtevant, Brian R.; Stout, Susan L.; Royo, Alejandro A.; Gustafson, Eric J.; Romanski, Mark C. 2017. Simulating ungulate herbivory across forest landscapes: A browsing extension for LANDIS-II. Ecological Modelling. 350: 11-29. Sturtevant, Brian R.; Miranda, Brian R.; Yang, Jian; He, Hong S.; Gustafson, Eric J.; Scheller, Robert M. 2009. Studying fire mitigation strategies in multi-ownership landscapes: balancing the management of fire-dependent ecosystems and fire risk. Ecosystems. 12: 445-461.

Research Interests

Brian's research interestes include combining forest simulation modeling and wildlife habitat evaluations. Simulation models provide information about potential future conditions, which can be very useful in planning wildlife habitat management and conservation. De Jager, Nathan R.; Rohweder, Jason J.; Miranda, Brian R.; Sturtevant, Brian R.; Fox, Timothy J.; Romanski, Mark C. 2017. Modelling moose—forest interactions under different predation scenarios at Isle Royale National Park, USA. Ecological Applications. 21 p.

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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Research Highlights


Modeling wolf-moose forest interactions at Isle Royale National Park

The loss of top predators may have unintended consequences for forest composition and function. Forest Service scientists partnered with the U.S ...


Scientists Predict Survivability Factors for Northern Forests Given Elevated CO2 and Ozone Levels

The researchers scaled up a high-profile 11-year ecosystem experiment called Aspen-FACE to assess how elevated carbon dioxide and ozone levels m ...


Last updated on : 09/24/2020