The North Central Climate Science Center Welcomes Brian Miller to its Staff!
Starting in the fall of 2013, Colorado State University hired Dr. Brian Miller to join the North Central Climate Science Center. Brian is working with the Center to make climate science more relevant to resource managers by developing tools for climate change scenario planning. He earned his Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also worked at the Carolina Population Center. His dissertation focused on how conservation areas and land use changes have affected access to drought resource areas in East Africa, how these changes in resource access have influenced the livelihood decisions of Maasai pastoralists, and how livelihood decisions and resource management institutions have affected rangeland rivers. More broadly, Brian’s research addresses the ways in which resource management initiatives influence social dynamics, and how these social changes in turn affect ecosystems. He draws on a variety of research methods, including remote sensing, geospatial mapping, household surveys, interviews, measures of fluvial geomorphology, and agent-based modeling. He has applied these methods to questions of resource management in East Africa and the Galápagos Islands, and is now expanding his work to the western U.S.