Miranda is a Research Associate at FLBS under the supervision of Matt Church. She primarily investigates microorganisms in freshwater and marine systems, using physical, genetic, and metabolic techniques. She is involved in the SCOPE project and the Flathead Lake Monitoring Program.
Since graduating from Middlebury College in 2020 with a self-designed Geobiology degree, Miranda has had the opportunity to explore the field of biogeochemistry from a variety of perspectives. She has worked for the Green Mountain Club in Vermont, maintaining trails, educating the public about high alpine vegetation, and using QGIS to map the bedrock of Mount Mansfield. She was a GeoCorps intern for the White River National Forest in Colorado, spending most of her days caving, developing management plans, and creating educational tools. She has also worked for the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada, studying microbial communities in subglacial lakes, ice cores, and deep sea organisms. Her senior thesis work at Middlebury College characterized the microbial diversity in water, ice, and mineral samples collected from an ice cave in Utah.