- Ph.D. 1989, Michigan State University
- Disturbance ecology of oak dominated forests.
- Muzika’s research emphasizes disturbance ecology; particularly long-term changes in forest composition and processes as influenced by both natural and anthropogenic disturbances. Current research efforts within the broad topic of disturbance ecology include the effects of non-indigenous organisms on forest succession and the role of silviculture in moderating such effects. In an attempt to predict the resilience of specific forest types to disturbance, other ongoing research includes studies of the variability of recovery from disturbance and the influence of ecosystem type on the success of establishment of exotic organisms. Understanding plant species distribution and abundance, pre-settlement vegetation, interactions of climate and disturbance, and assessing site-related tree growth and stand development represent other fundamental questions of interest.
- Forest Ecology
- Forest Health and Protection
- Forest Ecology Field Studies