Welcome to the Miller Lab
Research in the lab covers a wide range of topics that revolve around a central question: how can human land use be reconciled with the conservation of biodiversity? We seek to understand the ways that native species are affected by human activities, the habitat requirements of these species, and ways to accommodate their requirements in landscapes dominated by people. Typically, our studies are conducted over relatively broad spatial scales (those most relevant to planning and management) and rely on a combination of field work and the use of GIS and remote sensing tools. The context for these projects varies considerably, ranging from forested and agricultural landscapes to suburban and urban environments.
Collaboration is fundamental to our research and begins with interactions among lab members. To gain a richer perspective on a given focal system, we also frequently work with other ecologists, modelers, or social scientists. We are interested in advancing ecological theory, and at the same time place a high value on providing useful information to the public and to those charged with managing our natural resources. Toward this end, agency personnel and individuals employed with non-governmental organizations are often involved in the conceptualization and design of various projects. Moreover, efforts to communicate the results of our work tend to include public outreach, in addition to publication in journals and presentations at professional meetings.