Yale Forest Forum: ‘Forest Health in Eastern National Parks: Current Condition and Future Concerns’ with Kate Miller, Forest Ecologist and Acadia National Park

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Marsh Hall Rotunda See map
360 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Kate Miller is a Plant Ecologist with the National Park Service’s Inventory and Monitoring Program (NPS I&M), which conducts long-term monitoring of important ecosystems in parks to help inform management decisions. Kate is the program lead on long-term forest monitoring in over 20 national parks from Virginia to Maine, with data spanning 13 years. She also leads freshwater wetland monitoring in Acadia National Park in collaboration with the EPA National Wetland Condition Assessment. Kate’s research focuses on developing tools for long-term monitoring, such as power analyses for fixed-plot data and ecological indicators to assess forest and wetland condition. More recently, her research has expanded to examine regional patterns of vegetation and human stressors that will likely impact forest response to climate change, along with the influence that forest protection has on patterns of tree diversity, forest structure, and invasive species. Kate received her BS in Natural Resources from Northland College, and MS (2006) and PhD (2018) from the University of Maine’s School of Biology and Ecology.