David A.W. Miller, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Wildlife Population Ecology
David A.W. Miller, Ph.D.
411 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-863-1598


  1. B.S., University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point (2000)
  2. M.S., Auburn University (2004)
  3. Ph.D ., Iowa State University (2009)



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Academic Interests:

Population ecology, quantitative ecology, avian and amphibian ecology, conservation decision analysis, life-history evolution.

Affiliated Programs:

Graduate faculty, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology.

Course Taught:

Wildlife and Fisheries Population Dynamics (W F S 446 – spring semesters), Wildlife Management (W F S 447 – Fall semesters)

Selected Publications:

Miller, D.A.W., L. Rich., K. Podruzny, J. Gude, J.D. Nichols, J.E. Hines, and M.S. Mitchell. 2013. Range dynamics of gray wolves in Montana: accounting for false positive errors in multiseason occupancy models. PLoS One 8:E65808.

Adams, M.J., D.A.W. Miller, et al. 2013. Trends in amphibian occupancy in the United States. PLoS One 8:e64347.

Fellers, G.M., P.M. Kleeman, D.A.W. Miller, and B.J. Halstead. 2013. Population size, survival, growth, and movements of the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, Rana Sierrae. Herpetologica 69:147-162.

Miller, D.A.W., C.S. Brehme, J.E. Hines, J.D. Nichols, and R.N. Fisher. 2012. Community ecology of southwest arroyo toads: joint dynamics of toads, predators, and habitat. Journal of Animal Ecology 81:1288-1297.

Miller, D.A.W., B.L. Talley, E.H. Campbell Grant, and K.R. Lips. 2012. Accounting for detection in wildlife epidemiological studies: estimating Bd prevalence and infection intensity in amphibians. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 3:850-859.

Miller, D.A.W., L.A. Weir, B.T. McClintock, E.H. Campbell Grant, L.L. Bailey, and T.R. Simons. 2012. Experimental investigation of false positive errors in auditory species occurrence surveys. Ecological Applications 22:1675-1688.

Miller, D.A.W. 2012. General methods for sensitivity analysis of equilibrium dynamics in patch occupancy models. Ecology 93:1204-1213.

Miller, D.A., W.R. Clark, S.J. Arnold, and A.M. Bronikowski. 2011. Stochastic population dynamics in populations of western terrestrial garter snake with divergent life-histories. Ecology 92:1658-1671.

Miller, D.A., J.D. Nichols, B.T. McClintock, E.H. Campbell Grant, L.L. Bailey, and L.A. Weir. 2011. Improving estimates of occupancy when two forms of observation error occur: non-detection and species misidentification. Ecology 92:1422-1428.

Miller, D.A. 2011. Immediate and delayed effects of poor developmental conditions on growth and flight ability of juvenile mourning doves. Journal of Avian Biology 42:151-158.

Miller, D.A., and D.L. Otis. 2010. Calibrating recruitment estimates of mourning doves from harvest age ratios. Journal of Wildlife Management 74:1070-1079.

Miller, D.A. 2010. Morphological plasticity reduces the effect of poor developmental conditions on fledging age in mourning doves. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 277:1659-1665.

Miller, D.A., C.M. Vleck, and D.L. Otis. 2009. Individual variation in baseline and stress-induced corticosterone and prolactin predicts reproductive investment by nesting mourning doves. Hormones and Behavior 56:457-464.

Miller, D.A., J.B. Grand, T.F. Fondell, and R.M. Anthony. 2007. Optimizing nest survival and female survival: consequences of nest site selection for Canada geese. Condor 109:769-780.

Miller, D.A., J.B. Grand, T.F. Fondell, and R.M. Anthony. 2006. Predator functional response and prey survival: direct and indirect interactions affecting a marked prey population. Journal of Animal Ecology 75:101-110.