Millar's fellowship project addressed the need for a better science base for conservation, land management and environmental policy. As chair of the Sierra Nevada Ecosystem Project (SNEP) executive Coordinating Committee, Millar helped assess, develop and evaluate management alternatives for the ecosystems in the Sierra Nevada of California and Nevada.
The approach they developed maintains an inductive science emphasis, yet presents results in an integrative, synoptic manner. SNEP also developed an ongoing citizen participation process to develop the framework for analysis and policy development. In addition, Millar served as principal investigator on four technical assessments for the SNEP: the development of a Genetic Assessment, development of paleo-historical information about ecosystem development, an inventory and assessment of significant natural areas and a case study in landscape analysis conducted in the Inyo National Forest.
Constance Millar is co-founder of the Center for the Conservation of Genetic Diversity (CCGD) at the USDA Forest Service's Institute of Forest Genetics and is on the forefront of developing the scientific basis for that agency's new ecosystem management approach to wildland management. Prior to joining the Forest Service, Millar organized the California Forest Germplasm Conservation Project at the University of California, a program of research and conservation in forest genetics. Her research on forest genetics focuses on conservation genetics, emphasizing in situ methods for conserving genetic diversity.
Ph.D., University of California
1985: Genetics, Berkeley, California, USA
Master of Science, University of California
1979: Forest Genetics, Berkeley, California, USA
Bachelor of Science, University of Washington
1977: Forest Science, Washington, USA
KEY LEADERSHIP POSITIONS
Forest Service, New Perspectives Research Program Science 200
Forest Service, Regional Research Natural Areas Committee
California Nature Conservancy
Research Advisory Council
University of California-Davis
Conservation and Agriculture Working Group
KEY AWARDS & HONORS
1991: Pew Fellows Program in Conservation and the Environment