I'm a wildlife ecologist and conservation scientist with expertise in large carnivores and the socio-ecological drivers of human-wildlife conflict. As a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Brashares Lab at UC Berkeley, I'm designing decision support tools to assist natural resource managers and property owners understand and mitigate carnivore attacks on livestock. Through my role as a Research Associate with Panthera, I'm also contributing to studies on funding, conservation models and wildlife management strategies for protected areas across Africa. I additionally publish magazine and blog articles as a freelance science writer and editor, and design websites for scientific outreach.
I am fascinated by the relationships between wildlife and people that sustain coexistence in both rural and urban landscapes. My research focuses on developing decision support tools (software, maps, protocols) to assist managers, policy makers and local stakeholders in minimizing human-wildlife conflict.
I frame my work through the lens of 'risk' - from the perspective of the carnivore, prey and people - to examine how perceptions and realities shape animal interactions. I use an interdisciplinary toolkit that combines field-based ecological sampling and social surveys through a spatial approach, and collaborate with researchers from India, Mexico, South Africa, Nepal and other countries to compare similar ecological processes across a variety of systems.
In my previous position from 2015-2016 as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Panthera, and in affiliation with the University of Cape Town and Cornell University, I researched sustainable lion trophy hunting and lion-leopard spatial interactions in southern Africa. In 2015, I completed my PhD from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies on the spatial patterns and human perspectives of tiger and leopard attacks on livestock in central India. Read my CV for more on my background.
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Jennifer R. B. Miller, PhD
Dept of Enviro Science, Policy & Management
University of California, Berkeley
jrbmiller [at] berkeley.edu
Research Associate, Panthera
jmiller [at] panthera.org
Recent popular articles
- Animal Selfies as Research (Panthera's Field Notes)
- How to Age a Lion (Panthera's Field Notes)
- Compensation for Coexistence - Lessons from Kanha (Conservation India)
- Tiger vs. Cow: Risk Models Help Beat the Odds (Conservation India)
- Mapping tiger attack hotspots to reduce conflict (Conservation Corridor)