Kate E. Miller, Ph.D.

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Biology and Environmental Science Department
College of Arts and Sciences

Ph.D., Biology, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

M.E.S., Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, New Haven, CT

B.A., Anthropology/Sociology, Tufts University, Medford, MA

About Kate

I have been teaching for about ten years, with a focus on relaying the methods and wonders of the natural world to both science majors and non-majors. I like to explore ways to incorporate active learning, community engagement, original inquiry and make meaningful connections to material (e.g. a pilot project on wildflower meadows; invasive plant species removal – and consumption!; collection of forest data for a municipal commission). In addition to teaching I have administered a variety of grants, most recently, a STEM grant from the Department of Labor to expand and enhance programming. Prior to coming to higher education, I worked as an environmental policy advocate, program administrator and educator for non-profit, municipal and regional agencies. 

Research Interests

My doctoral work focused on trophic interactions between foraging bats and aquatic communities in riverine systems within the context of habitat, landscape and disturbance (due to white-nose syndrome). I have also studied the impacts of dam removal on aquatic communities, and wildlife and vegetation diversity in oldfields. I am most interested in community ecology and effects of disturbance (including human) on interactions, composition, and niche dynamics. I am motivated by questions that can inform conservation and help discern best practices, and that provide opportunities for students to learn techniques, collect good data, and make a real contribution.

Select Awards
  • Recipient System-Wide Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award from the CT Board of Regents April, 2017
  • National Academies Education Fellow in the Sciences, National Academies, 2015-2016
  • Switzer Fellow, Switzer Foundation, 1998-1999
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Select Publications/Presentations
  • Fish assemblage response to a small dam removal in the Eightmile River System, Connecticut, USA. H. Poulos, K. Miller, M. Tipton, A. W. Welchel, R. Heineman and B. Chernoff. Environmental Management, 54(5): 1090 -101. doi: 10.1007/s00267-014-0314-y.
  • Trophic, Habitat, Disturbance and Conservation Linkages between Bat and Aquatic Communities in Two Connecticut Rivers. Dissertation, Wesleyan University. http://wesscholar.wesleyan.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1022&context=etd_diss
  • Evidence for competitive and predator release responses in bat and aquatic communities in two CT rivers. Miller & B. Chernoff. Oral presentation, North American Society for Bat Research, 2012.
  • Conservation Plan for Scutellaria integrifolia. Miller. New England Plant Conservation Program, 2001.
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