Zach Miller

PhD Candidate

University of Chicago

About me

I am an ecologist using mathematical, statistical, and computational methods to understand natural systems. I am particularly interested in using simple models to explain and predict ecological patterns, and developing new theory for species-rich communities.

Currently, I am a PhD student in Stefano Allesina's lab at the University of Chicago. Previously, I studied ecology, evolution, and applied mathematics at Yale University. At Yale, I investigated predator effects on ecosystem stoichiometry with Oswald Schmitz and studied genotype-dependent dispersal with David Vasseur.

My research is supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.


  • Theoretical ecology
  • Complex networks
  • Statistics and data analysis


  • PhD in Ecology & Evolution, 2022 (expected)

    University of Chicago

  • BSc in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Applied Mathematics, 2017

    Yale University


Coming soon

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Recent & Upcoming Talks

Coupled metapopulation dynamics with patch memory and modification

Departmental seminar on a new modeling framework for ecological communities where organisms modify their local environment at UChicago.

Testing the predictive value of phylogeny for community productivity

Contributed talk on biodiversity-ecosystem function models with phylogenetic structure at ESA.

Predicting coexistence in experimental ecological communities

Contributed talk on predicting coexistence in experimental ecological communities at ESA.


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  • Office 403 on Floor 4
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