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'GREEN LIVING' SEMINARS TO CONCLUDE WITH TALK ABOUT LARGE WILD CATS

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will conclude this spring’s Green Living Seminar series on “Living with Wildlife: Conflicts and Conservation” when Jennie Miller, an ecologist and conservation scientist with expertise in large carnivores and human-carnivore conflict, speaks on “International Conservation of Large Wild Cats: Minimizing Human-Wildlife Conflict.”

This event, which will take place on Thursday, April 14, at 5:30 p.m. in the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, room 121, is free and open to the public.

Miller, who works on leopard and lion conservation, as well as spatial ecology in southern Africa, is a postdoctoral researcher at Panthera, the only organization in the world that is devoted exclusively to the conservation of the world’s 38 wild cat species and their ecosystems; at the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa; and at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

In addition, Miller publishes magazine and blog articles as a freelance science writer and editor.

According to Miller, she is fascinated by the relationships between wildlife and people that sustain coexistence in both rural and urban landscapes. Her research focuses on developing science-based tools to assist local stakeholders and managers in minimizing human-wildlife conflict.

Most recently, she was awarded the Herbert Bormann Prize for the “Best Scientific Paper” at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Doctoral Conference.

Miller’s recent publications include an article on the patterns of livestock depredation by tigers and leopards in Kanha, published in the Regional Environmental Change Special Issue of Central Indian Highlands; and an article in Biodiversity and Conservation on the methods and applications of risk models and hot spots for reducing carnivore conflict, which was featured on the Yale Schmitz Lab Blog and Oxford’s WildCRU news.

Miller completed her Ph.D. in 2015 from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she focused on the spatial patterns and human perspectives of tiger and leopard attacks on livestock in central India.

Each spring semester, MCLA’s Green Living Seminar Series hosts lectures by local, regional and national experts. Each series is organized around a central theme related to the environment and sustainability. The 2016 series is a presentation of MCLA’s Berkshire Environmental Resource Center and the Department of Environmental Studies at MCLA.

For more information, go to www.mcla.edu/greenliving or contact Traister, (413) 662-5303.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.​

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