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.


Matt's Posts

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.

Posted In: Birds
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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?

Posted In: Fish
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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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Antler Tips: Finding “Sheds” in a Forest Near You

Want to find antlers without bothering wildlife? Here’s our guide to finding “sheds” in a forest or field near you. Learn a bit about deer, and it’s easier than you think.

Posted In: Deer Management
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Antler Obsession: Can the Search for “Sheds” Threaten Wildlife?

Finding “shed” antlers can be a fun spring pastime. For some, it has become an obsession. And that obsession at times can pose a serious threat to wildlife. An antler enthusiast explores the strange world of “shed hunting.”

Posted In: Deer Management
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Celebrate Groundhog Day: Embark on a Marmot-Thon

Punxsutawney Phil may hog the limelight today. But groundhogs are just one of six species of North American marmot. Do you have what it takes to see them all?

Posted In: Mammals
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10 Field Guides for the Serious Naturalist

Looking to expand your wildlife ID skills beyond the usual bird guide? How about learning to identify dragonflies? Or warblers? Or squirrels and chipmunks? Our blog has you covered with some of the most innovative – and unusual – recent field guides.

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Sea Turtle Tasks: A Night in the Life of a Researcher

Seeing a sea turtle lumber onto a beach and lay its eggs is a spectacular experience and, for researchers, a lot of work. Follow them through a typical night on the beach.

Posted In: Science
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Ghost Hunters: Recovering Lost & Abandoned Fishing Gear Saves Fish

Long after commercial fishers have pulled into dock, their lost and abandoned gear continues fishing – threatening marine wildlife and habitat. Join Conservancy scientists and partners as they find ways to end the impacts of “ghost fishing.”

Posted In: Marine
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In Synch: Char & Salmon Migrations in Warming Waters

In Southeast Alaska, salmon are changing their annual migration patterns due to warming waters. Will one of their main predators — Dolly Varden char — adapt to the change?

Posted In: Fish
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Review: Richard J. King’s The Devil’s Cormorant

Birders: looking for a good read in the new year? Author Richard J. King delves into the realm of cormorants, and finds a tangled web of human-nature connections.

Posted In: Book Review
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Cool Green Science: The Top 10 Posts of 2014

From shrew-eating fish to coyote scat fertilizer, a celebration of our 10 most popular posts of 2014.

Posted In: Science
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Rudolph Versus Bambi: A Conservation Dilemma

For your holiday reading: Rudolph versus Bambi? It’s a real struggle between endangered woodland caribou and too-abundant white-tailed deer along the U.S./Canada border. “Bambi” is winning. Can conservationists do anything about it?

Posted In: Mammals
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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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