I'm an ecologist and conservation scientist with expertise in large carnivores and human-carnivore conflict. As a Postdoctoral Researcher with Panthera, the University of Cape Town and Cornell University, I work 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.
- Oct '15: Awarded the Herbert Bormann Prize for the Best Scientific Paper at the Yale FES Doctoral Conference.
- Sept '15: Article on the patterns of livestock depredation by tigers and leopards in Kanha published in the Regional Environmental Change Special Issue on Central Indian Highlands.
- Aug '15: Article published in Biodiversity and Conservation on the methods and applications of risk models and hotspot maps for reducing carnivore conflict. Featured on the Yale Schmitz Lab Blog.
Recent scientific publications
- Miller, J.R.B. 2015. Livestock losses and hotspots of attack from tigers and leopards in Kanha Tiger Reserve, central India. Regional Environmental Change (early view).
- Miller, J.R.B. 2015. Mapping attack hotspots to mitigate human–carnivore conflict: approaches and applications of spatial predation risk modeling. Biodiversity and Conservation (early view).
- 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.