Dr. Phil Miller, Senior Program Officer
B.S., Chemistry, Purdue University, 1985
M.S., Geology, Northwestern University, 1988
Ph.D., Biology, Arizona State University, 1994
Post-Doc., Genetic Management, Arizona State University, 1994-1995
Phil joined the CBSG staff in November 1994 after completing his Ph.D. in population genetics earlier that same year at Arizona State University. His diverse academic background has given him a broad range of knowledge and scientific skills that can be brought to bear on complex conservation problems. The design, implementation and continued evolution of the PHVA process has been Phil's primary focus from the beginning. He has worked closely with Dr. Robert Lacy, developer of the Vortex PVA software package, to continually improve the program and expand its applicability.
More broadly, Phil has demonstrated particular expertise in the use of PVA simulation modeling techniques across a diverse taxonomic range and against an equally diverse human cultural background. This experience is an outcome of his direct involvement in the planning and/or implementation of more than 30 risk assessment workshops around the world. Phil has spent much of the last few years as part of a larger multidisciplinary research team that is trying to incorporate a more detailed and explicit "human dimension" into the standard PHVA workshop process. The group's approach is to engage researchers and practitioners from a variety of fields in biology and natural resource management in order to quantify the projected impact of current and future human activities on wildlife population persistence. Funded initially by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and currently through the U.S. National Science Foundation, the initial stages of the research project will be documented in a book (to be published by Island Press) co-edited by Phil and Dr. Frances Westley of McGill University, Montreal. His current interest in this project centers on the socio-economic drivers of the growing bushmeat problem and how we can more effectively link quantitative data on these processes into current PVA methodologies.
Phil lives with his wife Ellen and 14-year-old twins Jason and Sydney in south Minneapolis.
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