Adjunct Principal Research Fellow
Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Studies
James Cook University
Miriam is an ecologist interested in a wide range of human impacts on rainforests, particularly habitat fragmentation by clearing, roads and powerline clearings. She has been researching road impacts in rainforest for 25 years, particularly on mammals, birds, and amphibians, and has instituted a number of mitigation measures which have been monitored for effectiveness over long periods.
She is interested in the obvious effects of roads and powerline clearings, such as roadkill, but also in more subtle effects such as road noise, barrier effects and habitat effects such as edge changes in microclimate, vegetation and faunal communities. She is globally recognised as an expert in rainforest road ecology.