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Miranda Curzon

Past Fellow
Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of Minnesota

Research Interests

I am an applied forest ecologist interested in how both natural and anthropogenic disturbance and stress influence forest stand dynamics, particularly in light of emerging threats associated with climate change. Current projects include: investigating how changes over time in climate, competition, composition, and structure interact and influence tree growth and mortality across a diversity of forest habitats; assessing effects of overstory retention and other adaptive management strategies on biodiversity and tree regeneration; and quantifying impacts of land use practices, namely forest biomass harvests, on forest ecosystem productivity, biodiversity, and function.

Miranda is now an Assistant Professor at Iowa State University. 

Other publications:

Curzon, Miranda T.; D'Amato, Anthony W.; Palik, Brian J. 2017. Early regeneration response to aggregated overstory and harvest residue retention in Populus tremuloides (Michx.)-dominated forests. New Forests. 16 p. 

Curzon, M.T., S.C. Baker, C.K. Kern, B.J. Palik, and A.W. D’Amato. 2017. Influence of mature overstory trees on adjacent 12-year regeneration and the woody understory: Aggregated retention versus intact forest. Forests 8(2): 31. 

Curzon, M.T., A.W. D’Amato, and B.J. Palik. 2016. Bioenergy harvest impacts to biodiversity and resilience in woody vegetation vary across aspen-dominated forest ecosystems in the Lake States region, USA. Applied Vegetation Science 19:667-678.


B.A., 2005, Ecology & Biodiversity, Environmental Science, University of Denver
M.S., 2008, Natural Resources (Forestry), University of Vermont
Ph.D.: 2014, Natural Resource Science and Management (Forest Resources), University of Minnesota


Department of Forest Resources


Research Assistant, 2003, University of Idaho
Conservation Intern, 2003-2005, National Park Service Environmental Quality Division, Denver, CO
Graduate Research Assistant/Teaching Assistant, 2005-2007, University of Vermont
Graduate Research Assistant, 2010-2014, University of Minnesota
Stewardship Ecologist, 2008-2009, The Nature Conservancy, Colorado
Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2014-present, University of Minnesota
Instructor, 2013-2015, University of Minnesota
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