David A.W. Miller, Ph.D.

David A.W. Miller, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Wildlife Population Ecology
411 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802


  • B.S., University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point (2000)
  • M.S., Auburn University (2004)
  • 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

Grant, E.H.C., D.A.W. Miller, and E. Muths. 2020. A synthesis of evidence of drivers of amphibian decline. Herpetologica

Mosher, B.A., R.F. Bernard, J.M. Lorch, D.A.W. Miller, K.L.D. Richgels, C.L. White, and E.H.C. Grant. 2020. Successful molecular detection studies require clear communication among diverse research partners. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 18:43-51.

Reinke, B.A., D.A.W Miller, F.J. Janzen. 2019. What Have Long-Term Field Studies Taught Us About Population Dynamics? Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 50:261-278.

Miller, D.A.W., K. Pacifici, J.S. Sanderlin, and B.J. Reich. 2019. The recent past and promising future for data integration methods to estimate species' distributions. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 10:22-37.

Miller, D.A.W, E.H.C. Grant, E. Muths, S.M. Amburgey, M.J. Adams, M.B. Joseph, J. H. Waddle, P.T.J. Johnson, M.E. Ryan, B.R. Schmidt, D.L. Calhoun, C.L. Davis, R.N. Fisher, D.M. Green, B.R. Hossack, T.A.G. Rittenhouse, S.C. Walls, L.L. Bailey, S.S. Cruickshank, G.M. Fellers, T.A. Gorman, C.A. Haas, W. Hughson, D.S. Pilliod, S.J. Price, A.M. Ray, W. Sadinski, D. Saenz, W.J. Barichivich, A. Brand, C. S. Brehme, R. Dagit, K.S. Delaney, B.M. Glorioso, L.B. Kats, P.M. Kleeman, C.A. Pearl, C.J. Rochester, S.P.D. Riley, M. Roth, and B.H. Sigafus. 2018. Quantifying climate sensitivity and climate driven change in North American amphibian communitiesNature Communications 9:3926.

Davis, C.L., L.N. Rich, Z.J. Farris, M.J. Kelly, M.S. Di Bitetti, Y. Di Blanco, S. Albanesi, M.S. Farhadinia, N. Gholikhani, S. Hamel, B.J. Harmsen, C. Wultsch, M.D.. Kane, Q. Martins, A.J. Murphy, R. Steenweg, S. Sunarto, A. Taktehrani, K. Thapa, J.M. Tucker, J. Whittington, F.A. Widodo, N.G. Yoccoz, and D.A.W. Mille. 2018. Ecological correlates of the spatial co-occurrence of sympatric mammalian carnivores worldwide. Ecology Letters 21:1401-1412.

Toenies, M., Miller, D.A.W., Marshall, M., and Stauffer, G.E. 2018. Shifts in vegetation and avian community structure following the decline of a foundational forest species, the eastern hemlock. Condor 120:489-506.

Amburgey, S.M., D.A.W. Miller, E.H.C. Grant, T.A.G. Rittenhouse, M.F. Bernard, J.L. Richardson, M.C. Urban, W. Hughson, A.B. Brand, C.J. Davis, C.R. Hardin, P.W.C. Paton, C.J. Raithel, R.A. Relyea, A.F. Scott, D.K. Skelly, D.E. Skidds, C.K. Smith, and E.E. Werner. 2018. Range position and climate sensitivity: the structure of among-population demographic responses to climatic variation. Global Change Biology 24:439-454.

Pacifici, K., B.J. Reich, D.A.W. Miller, B. Gardner, G. Stauffer, S. Singh, A. McKerrow, and J.A. Collazo. 2017. Integrating multiple data sources in species distribution modeling: a framework for data fusion. Ecology 98:840-850.

Muñoz, D.J., D.A.W. Miller, C. Sutherland, and E.H.C. Grant. 2016. Using spatial capture-recapture to elucidate population processes and space-use in herpetological studies. Journal of Herpetology 50:570-581.

Rich, L.N., D.A.W. Miller, H.S. Robinson, J.W. McNutt, and M. J. Kelly. 2016. Using camera trapping and hierarchical occupancy modelling to evaluate the spatial ecology of an African mammal community. Journal of Applied Ecology ​53:1225-1235. ​  

Chambert, T., D.A.W. Miller, and J.D. Nichols. 2015Modeling false positive detections in species occurrence data under different study designsEcology 96:332-339.