I'm an ecologist and wildlife conservation scientist with expertise in large carnivores and human-carnivore conflict. I'm currently a Postdoctoral Researcher with Panthera and the Cornell Department of Natural Resources, working on leopard and lion conservation and spatial ecology in southern Africa. I also publish magazine and blog articles as a freelance science writer and editor.
I am fascinated by the relationships between wildlife and people that sustain coexistence in both rural and urban landscapes. My research focuses on developing science-based tools to assist local stakeholders and managers in minimizing human-wildlife conflict. I conduct my work using an interdisciplinary toolset that combines field-based ecological sampling and social surveys through a spatial perspective.
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.
- July '15: Attended Tiger Week on anti-poaching science at the Netherlands Inst for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement in Amsterdam. Moved to Cape Town to join Panthera's Leopard Team.
- May '15: Began working as a Postdoctoral Researcher with Panthera and Cornell!
- Mar '15: Article on modeling tiger predation risk for livestock published in Ecology and Evolution. Featured on Conservation India, Conservation Corridor and the Yale F&ES Blog and Yale Daily News.
- Nov '14: Attended the WWF Tiger's Alive Human Tiger Conflict Workshop and presented on methods for mapping human-carnivore conflict.
Recent scientific publications
- Miller, J.R.B., Y.V. Jhala, J. Jyoti, and O.J. Schmitz. 2015. Landscape-scale accessibility of livestock to tigers: implications of spatial grain for modeling predation risk to mitigate human-carnivore conflict. Ecology and Evolution 5(6): 1354-1367.
- Miller, J.R.B., J.M. Ament, and O.J. Schmitz. 2014. Fear on the move: predator hunting mode predicts variation in prey mortality and plasticity in prey spatial response. Journal of Animal Ecology 83(1):214-222.