Lance Miller, Ph.D.
Dr. Lance Miller works for the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research as a Scientist in the Behavioral Biology Division. He is responsible for developing and maintaining a research program dedicated to the behavior and welfare of the animals at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
The goal of this research is to maximize the level of care for animals at these facilities while increasing the reproductive success of the endangered animals within the collection. Current research efforts are focusing on lions, tigers, cheetahs, African elephants, bonobos, hippos, dholes, giraffe, and Somali wild ass.
Dr. Miller joined the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research in 2009 as a research coordinator and was promoted to scientist in 2010. His main areas of focus include environmental enrichment, positive and negative behavioral indicators of welfare, and social factors as they relate to animal welfare. In addition, Lance serves as an adjunct professor of experimental psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Dr. Miller was awarded bachelor of arts and doctorate degrees in psychology from Rollins College and the University of Southern Mississippi, respectively. During his educational and professional career, Lance has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals and presented at both national and international conferences on the topics of behavior and welfare.