I am broadly interested in understanding factors (natural and anthropogenic) impacting wildlife populations and how this knowledge can lead to better species management and conservation. I study a variety of systems and questions, all unified by the use of population demographic models to allow for better resolution of the underlying ecological processes at work. My research includes trying to determine what stressors set species ranges limits, how habitat fragmentation shapes the composition of species communities, and available management actions and their implications for the removal of invasive species.
I am currently a postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Sarah Converse at the University of Washington.
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Developing methods for estimating brown treesnake density in Guam
How can we collect data to estimate densities of species in a cost effective yet informative way?
In collaboration with Drs. Sarah Converse, Beth Gardner and Amy Yackel-Adams, I am developing capture-mark-recapture models to estimate the density of invasive brown treesnakes on the island of Guam in order to better understand the effects of removal efforts. Management of this species aims to mitigate the ecological impacts of brown treesnakes on the island’s native avifauna and eventually facilitate the reintroduction of locally extirpated species. A first step in this process is identifying modeling approaches that lead to accurate density estimates of unmarked animals using camera trapping photos at bait stations. Sarah and I hope to travel to Guam in the summer of 2019 so I can use my own photos of brown treesnakes for this website!
Knowing your limits: estimating range boundaries and co-occurrence zones for two competing plethodontid salamanders
Quantifying climate sensitivity and climate-driven change in North American amphibian communities
D.A.W. Miller, 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, B.H. Sigafus. Nature Communications, 2018
Staci M. Amburgey, David A. W. Miller, Evan H. Campbell Grant, Tracy A. G. Rittenhouse, Michael F. Benard, Jonathan L. Richardson, Mark C. Urban, Ward Hughson, Adrianne B. Brand, Christopher J. Davis, Carmen R. Hardin, Peter W. C. Paton, Christopher J. Raithel, Rick A. Relyea, A. Floyd Scott, David K. Skelly, Dennis E. Skidds, Charles K. Smith, and Earl E. Werner. Global Change Biology, 2018
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Quantitative evidence for the effects of multiple drivers on continental-scale amphibian declines
E. H. C. Grant, D. A. W. Miller, B. R. Schmidt, M. J. Adams, S. M. Amburgey, T. Chambert, S. S. Cruickshank, R. N. Fisher, D. M. Green, B. R. Hossack, P. T. J. Johnson, M. B. Joseph, T. Rittenhouse, M. Ryan, J. H. Waddle, S. C. Walls, L. L. Bailey, G. M. Fellers, T. A. Gorman, A. M. Ray, D. S. Pilliod, S. J. Price,
D. Saenz, W. Sadinski, and E. Muths. Scientific Reports, 2016
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By getting involved with the community scientists can show how cool nature can be and highlight the importance of conservation to the public. From national initiatives such as Save the Frogs Day, Skype a Scientist, and Letters to a Pre-scientist to local programs such as 4H Extension activities, Bioblitzes, or nature centers and museums, these opportunities allowed me to talk about ecology and science with children, parents, and the general public and get excited about my own research. In addition, I have helped organize and present science talks to the general public through the Science Cafe series.