Nicholas McMillan

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Nicholas McMillan

Assistant Professor

Area of Expertise: Range and Forage Sciences

B.S., Environmental and Natural Resources, Clemson University, 2015

M.S., Wildlife and Fisheries Biology, Clemson University, 2017

Ph.D., Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University, 2022

Area of Focus

Rangeland and Landscape Ecology

Research Interests

  • Interactions between large herbivores and landscape disturbances (e.g., fire)
  • Landscape heterogeneity, and the processes that create it
  • The role of large herbivores in shaping grassland dynamics
  • Patterns of biodiversity, and relationships between biodiversity and landscape structure
  • How heterogeneity affects the provisioning of grassland ecosystem services


Google Scholar publication list
  • McMillan, N.A., Fuhlendorf, S.D., Luttbeg, B., Goodman, L.E., Davis, C.A., Allred, B.W., Hamilton, R.G. (2022). Bison movements change with weather: implications for their continued conservation in the Anthropocene. Ecology and Evolution. 12(12):e9586. 10.1002/ece3.9586
  • Gholizadeh, H., Dixon, A., Pan, K., McMillan, N.A., Hamilton, R.G., Fuhlendorf, S.D., Cavender-Bares, J., Gamon, J. (2022). Mapping plant diversity across the largest contiguous tract of tallgrass prairie on Earth using airborne and DESIS imaging spectroscopy. Remote Sensing of Environment. 281:113254. 10.1016/j.rse.2022.113254
  • McMillan, N.A., Fuhlendorf, S.D., Goodman, L.E., Davis, C.A., Luttbeg, B., Hamilton, R.G. (2022). Does fire and herbicide benefit cattle production in invaded grassland landscapes? Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 340:108163. 10.1016/j.agee.2022.108163
  • McMillan, N., Kunkel, K., Hagan, D. and Jachowski, D. (2019), Plant community responses to bison reintroduction on the Northern Great Plains, USA: A test of the keystone species concept. Restoration Ecology. 27: 379-388. doi:10.1111/rec.12856