QARGMcMicken College of Arts & SciencesQuarternary and Anthropocene Research GroupUniversity of Cincinnati

QARG Members

Josh Miller

Josh Miller's Research
Miller's Research
Department of Geology
Assistant Professor
Conservation Paleobiology
Quantitative Paleoecology

Dr. Miller studies naturally occurring bone accumulations on landscape surfaces (death assemblages) to recover high–quality historical population and geographic–use data on modern mammal communities. Bones survive on landscape surfaces from decades (in tropical regions) to millennia (in arctic latitudes), providing historical ecological data that are otherwise unavailable for most ecosystems. Dr. Miller works closely with ecologists, wildlife managers, and conservation biologists to incorporate the methods and time-scales offered by Conservation Paleobiology into fundamental and applied wildlife research, and to inform public policy. Dr. Miller is also recalibrating our understanding of the ecological quality of fossil records and studying ecological changes that tool place during the Quaternary and Holocene. Current field sites include the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (AK), Yellowstone National Park (WY), Denali National Park (AK), Isle Royale National Park (MI), the Wind River Mountains (WY), and Amboseli National Park (Kenya).

QARG Publications
Miller, J.H., A.K. Behrensmeyer, A. Du, S.K. Lyons, D. Patterson, A. Toth, A. Villasenor, E. Kanga, D. Reed, 2014. Ecological fidelity of functional traits based on species presence-absence in a modern mammalian bone assemblage. Paleobiology. 40(4): 560-583.

Miller, J.H., P. Druckenmiller, and V. Bahn, 2013. Antlers of the Arctic Refuge: Capturing multi-generational patterns of calving ground use from bones on the landscape. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 280 20130275; doi:10.1098/rspb.2013.0275

Miller, J.H., 2011. Ghosts of Yellowstone: Multi-decadal histories of wildlife populations captured by bones on a modern landscape. PLoS One, 6(3) e18057. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0018057