Amy Miller - Ecologist

Amy in a bear-foraging hole
Amy stands in a hole excavated by a bear foraging for lupine on the Lake Clark coast.

Amy E. Miller
Supervisory Ecologist
Southwest Alaska I&M Network
240 West 5th Avenue

Anchorage, AK 99508


Ph.D. University of Colorado, Boulder, Biology, 2002

B.S. Oregon State University, Botany, 1993


2015-Present: Supervisory Ecologist, National Park Service, Southwest Alaska Network, Anchorage, AK

2014-Present: Affiliate Faculty, University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, AK

2004-2015: Plant Ecologist, National Park Service, Southwest Alaska Network, Anchorage, AK

2002-2004: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

1996-2002: Graduate Research Assistant, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

1993-1996: Botanist, US Forest Service

Pacific Northwest Research Lab, Bend, OR (1995-1996)

Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Hayfork, CA (1994-1995)

Ochoco National Forest, Prineville, OR (1993-1994)

Wright, M., R. L. Sherriff, A. E. Miller, and T. Wilson. 2018. Stand basal area and temperature interact to influence growth in white spruce in southwest Alaska. Ecosphere 9(10):e02462 DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.2462

Miller AE, Wilson TL, Sherriff RL, Walton J. 2017. Warming drives a front of white spruce establishment near western treeline, Alaska. Global Change Biology 23:5509-5522.

Sherriff RL, Miller AE, Muth K, Shriver M, Batzel R. 2017. Spruce growth responses to warming vary by ecoregion and ecosystem type near the forest-tundra boundary in south-west Alaska. Journal of Biogeography 44:1457-1468.

Csank AZ, Miller AE, Sherriff RL, Berg EE, Welker JM. 2016. Tree-ring isotopes reveal drought sensitivity in trees killed by spruce beetle outbreaks in south-central Alaska. Ecological Applications 26:2001-2020.

Lindsay C, Zhu J, Miller AE, Kirchner P, Wilson TL. 2015. Deriving snow cover metrics for Alaska from MODIS. Remote Sensing 7:12961-12985.

Homyak PM, Sickman JO, Miller AE, Melack JM, Meixner T, Schimel JP. 2014. Assessing nitrogen- saturation in a seasonally dry chaparral watershed: Limitations of traditional indicators of N-saturation. Ecosystems 17:1286-1305.

Carlson ML, Lipkin R, Roland C, Miller AE. 2013. New and important vascular plant collections from south-central and southwestern Alaska: a region of floristic convergence. Rhodora 115:61-95.

Sherriff RL, Berg EE, Miller AE. 2011. Climate variability and spruce beetle (Dendroctonus rufipennis) outbreaks in south-central and southwest Alaska. Ecology 92:1459-1470.

Thompson WL, Miller AE, Mortenson DC, Woodward A. 2011. Developing effective sampling designs for monitoring natural resources in Alaskan national parks. Biological Conservation 144:1270-1277.

Ashton IW, Miller AE, Bowman WD, Suding KN. 2010. Niche complementarity due to plasticity in resource use: plant partitioning of chemical N forms. Ecology 91:3252-3260.

Li X, Miller AE, Meixner T, Schimel JP, Melack JM, Sickman JO. 2010. Adding an empirical factor to better represent the rewetting pulse mechanism in a soil biogeochemical model. Geoderma 159:440-451.

Schmidt SK, Nemergut DR, Miller AE, Freeman KR, King AJ, Seimon A. 2009. Microbial activity and diversity during extreme freeze-thaw cycles in periglacial soils above 5400 m elevation, Cordillera Vilcanota, Perú. Extremophiles 13:807-816; DOI 10.1007/s00792-009-0268-9.

Reed B, Budde M, Spencer P, Miller AE. 2009. Integration of MODIS-derived metrics to assess interannual variability in snowpack, lake ice, and NDVI in southwest Alaska. Remote Sensing of Environment 113:1443-1452.

Miller AE, Schimel JP, Sickman JO, Skeen K, Meixner T, Melack JM. 2009. Seasonal variation in nitrogen uptake and turnover in two high-elevation soils: mineralization response is site-dependent. Biogeochemistry 93:253-270.

Ashton IW, Miller AE, Bowman WD, Suding KN. 2008. Nitrogen preferences and plant-soil feedbacks as influenced by neighbors in the alpine tundra. Oecologia 156:625-636.

Miller AE, Bowman WD, Suding KN. 2007. Plant uptake of inorganic and organic nitrogen: neighbor identity matters. Ecology 88:1832-1840.

Miller AE, Schimel JP, Sickman JO, Meixner T, Doyle AP, Melack JM. 2007. Mineralization responses at near-zero temperatures in three alpine soils. Biogeochemistry 84:233-245.

Nemergut DR, Anderson SP, Cleveland CC, Martin AP, Miller AE, Seimon A, Schmidt SK. 2007. Microbial community succession in an unvegetated, recently deglaciated soil. Microbial Ecology 53:110-122.

Gende SM, Miller AE, Hood E. 2007. The effects of salmon carcasses on soil nutrient pools in a riparian forest of southeast Alaska. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 37:1194-1202.

Suding KN, Miller AE, Bechtold H, Bowman WD. 2006. The consequence of species loss on ecosystem nitrogen cycling depends on community composition. Oecologia 149:141-149.

Li X, Meixner T, Sickman JO, Miller AE, Schimel JP, Melack JM. 2006. Decadal-scale dynamics of water, carbon and nitrogen in a California chaparral ecosystem: DAYCENT modeling results. Biogeochemistry 77:217-245.

Miller AE, Schimel JP, Meixner T, Sickman JO, Melack JM. 2005. Episodic rewetting enhances carbon and nitrogen release from chaparral soils. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 37:2195-2204.

Miller AE, Bowman WD. 2003. Alpine plants show species-level differences in the uptake of organic and inorganic N. Plant and Soil 250:283-292.

Miller AE, Bowman WD. 2002. Variation in delta15N and N uptake traits among co-occurring alpine species: do species partition by N form? Oecologia 130:609-616.

Curtis PS, Snow AA, Miller A. 1994. Genotype-specific effects of elevated CO2 on fecundity in wild radish (Raphanus raphanistrum L.). Oecologia 97:100-105.

Last updated: October 20, 2018