David L. Miller

Postdoctoral Associate

Cornell University

School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS), Soil & Crop Sciences Section

Email: dlm356 [at] cornell.edu

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I am an ecosystem and remote sensing scientist, focused on evaluating interactions between plants, climate, people, and the environment across spatial scales. Through my research, I aim to address how natural and urban landscapes are changing in response to climate and human activities, thus far fitting within a few interlocking themes: drought, urban ecology, seasonal changes and phenology, the carbon cycle, and land cover change.

I received my PhD in Geography from UC Santa Barbara working with Joe McFadden, Dar Roberts, and Naomi Tague, evaluating how urban trees in southern California responded to big droughts using remote sensing imagery, and I was a postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM) working with Trevor Keenan, studying interactions between drought and plant productivity using eddy covariance (flux towers), terrestrial biosphere model outputs, and remote sensing products. In January 2024, I was a visitor at ETH Zurich to collaborate with Sebastian Wolf funded by a FLUXNET Secondment travel scholarship.

As of February 2024, I am excited to have started a new postdoc position at Cornell University in the School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) working with Dan Katz, using satellite imagery to map urban trees for public health impacts in New York City. Looking forward to learning a lot more about plants, cities, and health!