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  • The Last Chapter An eery title for an eery topic: the last of my dissertation chapters is finally published in full, and (probably for the 5th time now) my PhD feels complete. Head ...
    Posted Oct 3, 2016, 9:03 AM by Austin Milt
  • Featured in a Textbook I just learned that some of my PhD work has gotten a little spotlight in Craig Groves' and Eddie Game's new book: Conservation Planning: Informed Decisions for a Healthier ...
    Posted Sep 26, 2016, 8:06 AM by Austin Milt
  • Weekly update 67 We had an interesting lab meeting this week. Alex Orellana came in from the UW Design Lab to help us think about the design of our academic figures, illustrations, and ...
    Posted Nov 6, 2015, 8:12 AM by Austin Milt
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About Me

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Limnology at University of Wisconsin - Madison. On this website you can find out about my Research interests, view my CV, find a time to meet, and find me hidden away at the CFL.

I am broadly interested in academic research that causes immediate advances in conservation practice. As a postdoc, I am working with a diverse team of researchers and practitioners from around the Great Lakes to improve decisions about the removal of barriers to migration for Great Lakes fishes, especially within the context of the invasive sea lamprey. My work adds to existing research and experience on this topic, including a neat decision support tool (https://greatlakesconnectivity.org/) produced by this group.

My dissertation focused on the terrestrial habitat impacts of natural gas development in the Central Appalachian region. I worked with The Nature Conservancy, Pennsylvania state agencies, and natural gas companies to create development strategies that reduce negative impacts from gas surface infrastructure without destroying developer profits. This enabled me to answer exciting questions such as "What are the trade-offs between doing better for the environment and spending more on development?" and "How much less impacting would gas surface infrastructure be if gas companies were environment-oriented from the start?" Watch my PhD Exit Seminar

Many of the most pressing needs in conservation are spatial in nature. As such, much of my research interests and expertise center around spatial modeling, optimization, and GIS. For instance, a major component of my work on the impacts of natural gas is a tool that optimally sites gas infrastructure to minimize indicators of habitat impacts. Likewise, my postdoc will advance an existing DST and think about how the directional, dendritic nature of hydrological networks affects decisions about conservation planning for aquatic connectivity.