Laboratory: Fire and Ecosystem Ecology


PhD in Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology, The Ohio State University, 2009
BS 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.


Miesel, J.R., L.C. Jach-Smith, M.J. Renz, and R.D. Jackson. 2017. Distribution of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) aboveground biomass in response to nitrogen addition and across harvest dates. In Press: Biomass and Bioenergy. Doi: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2017.03.012.

Kolka, R., B. Sturtevant, J. Miesel, P. Townsend, P. Wolter, S. Fraver, and T. DeSutter. 2017. Emissions of forest floor and mineral soil carbon, nitrogen and mercury pools and relationships with fire severity. In Press: International Journal of Wildland Fire.

Eskandari, S., and J.R. Miesel. 2017. Comparison of the fuzzy AHP method, the spatial correlation method, and the Dong model to predict fire high-risk areas in Hyrcanian forests of Iran. Geomatics, Natural Hazards and Risk.

Pereira, P., A. Cerdá, D. Martin, X. Úbeda, D. Depellegrin, A. Novara, J. Martínez-Murillo, O. Menshov, and J. Miesel. 2017. Short-term low severity spring grassland fire impacts on soil extractable elements and soil ratios in Lithuania. Science of the Total Environment 517:4469-4475.

Maestrini, B., and J. Miesel. 2017. Modification of the weak nitric acid digestion method for the quantification of black carbon in organic matrices. Organic Geochemistry 103:136-139. Doi: 10.1016/j.orggeochem.2016.10.010

Weichman, M.L., M.D. Hurteau, J.P. Kaye, and J.R. Miesel. 2015. Charcoal C content following prescribed burning in a mixed-conifer forest, Sierra Nevada, California. PLoS ONE 10(8):e0135014. Doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0135014. Available open access at

Miesel, J.R., W.C. Hockaday, R.K. Kolka, and P.A. Townsend. 2015. Soil organic matter composition and quality across fire severity gradients in coniferous and deciduous forests of the southern boreal region. Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences 120(6):1124-1141. Doi: 10.1002/2015JG002959.

Michelotti, L.A., and J.R. Miesel. 2015. Source material and concentration of wildfire-produced pyrogenic carbon influence post-fire nutrient dynamics. Forests 6(4):1325-1342. Available open access at

Kolka, R., B. Sturtevant, P. Townsend, J. Miesel, P. Wolter, S. Fraver, and T. DeSutter. 2014. Forest floor and upper mineral soil carbon, nitrogen and mercury pools shortly after fire and comparisons utilizing fire severity indices. Soil Science Society of America Journal 78:S58-S65. doi: 10.2136/sssaj2013.08.0351nafsc.

Marin-Spiotta, E., K.E. Gruley, J. Crawford, E.E. Atkinson, J.R. Miesel, S. Greene, C. Cardona-Correa, and R. Spencer. 2014. Paradigm shifts in soil organic matter research affect interpretations of aquatic carbon cycling: Transcending disciplinary and ecosystem boundaries. Biogeochemistry 117:279-297. doi: 10.1007/s10533-013-9949-7.

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:

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.

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