I'm an ecologist and wildlife conservation scientist with expertise in large carnivores. I'm currently a Postdoctoral Researcher with Panthera and the Cornell Department of Natural Resources, working on leopard and lion conservation and carnivore 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 Yale FES 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.
- May '15: I began my new position 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.
Recent popular articles
- 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)
- Tools for saving tigers (Yale F&ES blog)
- Using technology to help wild cats and people coexist (Yale F&ES blog)