September: Colleen Miller


I am a first-year graduate student interested in studying anthropogenic stressors on Tree Swallow populations in the Vitousek Lab. With a background in population level ecology, I have become increasingly interested in understanding underlying factors to large scale patterns. By studying across organizational levels, I intend to develop a deeper understanding of how stressors such as light or noise pollution vary within and across populations. I hope to better describe how urbanized landscapes may impact natural communities in a rapidly developing world.

Alongside my research, I work to create a supportive atmosphere for others enduring stress, work-life balance or mental wellness issues. Supportive scientific communities are the strongest. Outside of my work, you can find me pursuing one of one hundred hobbies! I enjoy cooking, reading, playing music and hiking to name a few—focusing on one hobby was never my path.