Adam Miller is a senior research fellow at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's (SCBI) Conservation Ecology Center. As a theoretical ecologist, Miller is interested in using mathematical and simulation models to understand the dynamics of communities and ecosystems. Specifically, he has focused on how plant communities react to different disturbance regimes, including fires, floods, hurricanes and climate change. As part of a project studying carbon dynamics of forest recovery under a changing climate, Miller is investigating future changes to forest successional pathways that can result from species-specific responses to carbon dioxide. His research shows that shade-tolerant, late-successional species receive more stimulus to growth from carbon dioxide enrichment, and that this could lead to accelerated forest succession in the next century.