Matt Miller

Matt-Miller-23Matt Miller is a senior science writer for the Conservancy. He writes features and blogs about the conservation research being conducted by the Conservancy’s 550 scientists. Matt previously worked for nearly 11 years as director of communications for the Conservancy’s Idaho program. He has served on the national board of directors of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, and has published widely on conservation, nature and outdoor sports. He has held two Coda fellowships, assisting conservation programs in Colombia and Micronesia. An avid naturalist and outdoorsman, Matt has traveled the world in search of wildlife and stories.


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Making Sea Turtles “Climate Proof”

Sea turtles are projected to be hit hard by climate change, as the island beaches they need for nesting erode and disappear. But Rick Hamilton has a vision: make these animals “climate proof.”

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Nest Cam of the Month: Peregrine Falcons

High above the city, the peregrine soars, littering the sidewalk with bird parts. Take a look into the nest of one of the most incredible (and urban) predators on earth.

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Got Gonads?

Everyone knows her as the gonad girl. And she owns it. Social media meets traditional knowledge in an effort to improve Hawaiian fisheries management.

Posted In: Marine
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Isle Royale’s Wolf Population Dwindles to Three

Only 3 wolves remain on Isle Royale National Park. What should conservationists do? An overview of the complex issues plaguing one of the world’s most iconic predator populations.

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Can This Man Turn Hunters & Anglers Into Climate Activists?

Can environmental organizations work with hunters and anglers on climate change? Maybe the question should be: can hunters and anglers work with hunters and anglers on climate change? And Todd Tanner is leading the way.

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The Octopus’ Birthday: Understanding an Intelligent & Elusive Marine Creature

Science sheds new light on octopus intelligence, as the animals open jars and pick Super Bowl winners. But despite all that attention, remarkably little is known about their life history in the wild.

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Hawksbill Turtles: A Rare Good News Story for a Species on the Brink

From a history of violence to sea turtle success: a new article in the journal PLOS ONE documents one of the first recorded recoveries of a hawksbill rookery. An unlikely good news story following 150 years of over-exploitation.

Posted In: Marine, Reptiles
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Binge ‘Til You Burst: Feast & Famine on Alaskan Salmon Rivers

It’s a glorious all-you-can-eat buffet — followed by months of starvation. The inner workings of a salmon stream are even wilder and more complex than you imagined. New research sheds light on life in a feast and famine world.

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Island Mongoose: Conservation Villain or Scapegoat? Or Both?

When the mongoose was introduced to islands, it ate everything. That’s how the invasive species story goes, right? But is it possible it’s more complicated than that?

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You Won’t Believe What Porcupines Eat (And No, Not Bigfoot Bones)

Sure, much of the time, the porcupine dines on trees. But it also has a need for salt, and it’s coming for your cars, your homes, your guns. And your face.

Posted In: Mammals
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Top 10 Night Safaris: When the (Wildlife) Freaks Come Out

Join us for a naturalist’s guide to the best night life on the planet. Grab a flashlight and join the party, with a guest list that includes aardvarks, rare wild cats, tree kangaroos and more.

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Douglas McCauley on Marine Mammoths, Rhino Steaks & Garage-Band Science Communications

The giant Pleistocene beasts are still among us, argues a recent Science paper. They’re just underwater. But are we at a tipping point? A conversation with the paper’s lead author, Douglas McCauley.

Posted In: Green Giants, Marine
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Osprey Nest Cam 2015: The Birds are Back for a Third Season

The ospreys are back! Enjoy live views, 24/7, of an Alabama osprey nest. And record your observations and ask our ecologist about what you’re seeing.

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A Sucker (Myth) Is Born Every Minute

Everything you’ve heard about suckers is probably wrong. But could a new generation of anglers and self-described “fish nerds” not only rescue the sucker’s image, but point a new way for freshwater conservation?

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Can Cutting Trees Save Wolves?

Wolves. Logging. Trapping. Endangered species listings. No, we’re not trying to incite a fight. Nor is this the narrative you expect. A story of conservation science reducing conflict while benefiting people and wildlife.

Posted In: Forests, Mammals
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Enjoy Osprey Cam Live!

The Ospreys Are Back!
Live views, 24/7, of an Alabama osprey nest. Record your observations and ask our ecologist about what you’re seeing.

What is Cool Green Science?

noun 1. Blog where Nature Conservancy scientists, science writers and external experts discuss and debate how conservation can meet the challenges of a 9 billion + planet.

2. Blog with astonishing photos, videos and dispatches of Nature Conservancy science in the field.

3. Home of Weird Nature, The Cooler, Quick Study, Traveling Naturalist and other amazing features.

Cool Green Science is edited by Matt Miller, the Conservancy's deputy director for science communications, and managed by Lisa Feldkamp, an American Council of Learned Societies fellow with the TNC science communications team. Email us your feedback.

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