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Adam Miller, Ph.D.

B.S. and M.S., Ohio State University; Ph.D. University of California, Davis.

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.

As co-primary investigator on a National Science Foundation collaborative grant with Kristina Anderson-Teixeira and Alan Tepley, Miller is also researching the effects of climate change on fire regimes and forest regeneration in the Klamath region of California and Oregon. This work had identified how changes in fire regimes associated with climate change may push ecosystems over critical thresholds, resulting in non-reversible forest collapse.
Adam received a Bachelor of Science in athematics with honors, and distinction in the liberal arts from animal behavior from the Ohio State University in 2001 followed by a Master of Science in mathematics in 2002. He also earned a doctoral degree in applied mathematics from University of California-Davis in 2009.
Recent Publications: 
Serra-Diaz, Josep, Maxwell, Charles, Lucash, Melissa S., Scheller, Robert M., Laflower, Danelle M., Miller, Adam D., Tepley, Alan J., Epstein, Howard E., Anderson-Teixeira, Kristina and Thompson, Jonathan R. 2018. Disequilibrium of fire-prone forests sets the stage for a rapid decline in conifer dominance during the 21st century. Scientific Reports, 6749.
Liao, Jinbao, Ying, Zhixia, Woolnough, Daelyn A., Miller, Adam D., Li, Zhenqing and Nijs, Ivan. 2016. Coexistence of species with different dispersal across landscapes: a critical role of spatial correlation in disturbance. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.
Miller, Adam D., Dietze, Michael C., DeLucia, Evan H. and Anderson-Teixeira, Kristina J. 2016. Alteration of forest succession and carbon cycling under elevated CO2. Global Change Biology, 351-363.