Jessica R. Miesel, Ph.D.

Jessica Miesel

Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences

Associate Professor with Tenure - Fire ecology; ecosystem ecology; forest ecology and management; pyrogenic carbon; biochar; soil ecology and biogeochemistry

Telephone: 517-353-0485

Plant and Soil Sciences Building
1066 Bogue, Room. A560
East Lansing, MI 48824

Area of Expertise:

Fire ecology, ecosystem ecology, forest ecology and management, pyrogenic carbon, biochar, soil ecology and biogeochemistry and ecosystem restoration.

Department of Forestry

Associate Professor, Fire and Ecosystem Ecology

Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Co-Chair


B.S., Otterbein College
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Postdoc, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Postdoc, The Ohio State University


Research in my group focuses primarily on the ecology and management of fire-prone temperate conifer forests, and the role of natural and anthropogenic black carbon in soil ecosystem processes. We are currently investigating the effects of fire, burn severity, and forest management treatments on nutrient pools and fluxes, and the biogeochemical factors that regulate carbon and nitrogen dynamics in forest soil during ecosystem recovery.


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Courses Taught:

  • CSS 880: Scientific Communication and Professional Development (2018-present)
  • FOR 412:  Wildland Fire (2017)
  • FOR 404:  Forest Ecology (2014-2017)
  • FOR 404L: Forest Ecology Laboratory (2014-2017)
  • FOR 420: Forestry Field Studies (2014-2016)