Michelle Agne completed her master’s degree in forest ecology at Oregon State University before returning to her hometown of Seattle to pursue her PhD at the University of Washington. Michelle is a PhD candidate in the University of Washington’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences and is concurrently pursuing a PhD in the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia. When she isn’t working on her research, Michelle enjoys hiking, camping, reading and riding her bicycle.
Michelle studies how fire-prone forests are likely to respond to climate change. She uses field-based data to understand how a warming and drying climate and increasing fire frequency may decrease the resilience of fire-dependent tree species to disturbance. She seeks to link pre-fire forest characteristics to post-fire forest responses to understand the ecological mechanisms supporting forest recovery following fire. Ultimately, this work will inform management of fire-dependent species in a changing environment.