I'm an ecologist and conservation scientist with expertise in large carnivores in Asia. I also publish as a freelance writer on environmental science.
I am fascinated by the coupled relationships between wildlife and people that enable them to co-exist in human-dominated landscapes. My research focuses on developing science-based tools to assist local stakeholders and managers in minimizing human-wildlife conflict.
I recently completed my PhD on the spatial patterns and human perspectives of tiger and leopard attacks on livestock in central India. I conduct my scientific inquiries using an interdisciplinary tool set that combines field-based ecological sampling and social surveys through a spatial perspective.
Read my CV for more details about my background.
- 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.
- Nov '14: Attended the WWF Tiger's Alive Human Tiger Conflict Workshop and presented on methods for mapping human-carnivore conflict.
- Sept '14: Successfully defended my dissertation! I've moved to Ithaca, NY to finish writing my publications as a Visiting Scholar at the Cornell Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.
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. 2013. 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
- 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).