My training is from Michigan State University (PhD Geography) and Iowa State University (MS Water Resources, MS Soil Science). Before joining the faculty at ISU, I spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher in the Institute of Soil Landscape Research at the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) and I maintain an appointment as a fellow with them.
My work advances the quantitative evaluation of spatial variations in environmental processes that effect the distribution of soil properties, with special consideration for how those variations impact environmental quality and sustainable crop production. My research integrates geographic information science and soil science to develop, improve, and curate high quality, publicly available soil geodatabases.
The topics of landscape evolution, geomorphology, and environmental science are integral to my research. Quantitative spatial analysis of landscape structure (patterns) improve understanding of our natural environment. Through the use of digital terrain analysis and other non-invasive data collection techniques, this work is producing more accurate and higher resolution soil maps. In turn, these maps improve land management decisions and environmental modeling applications as the spatial variability of the soil is a highly influential factor in environmental systems.
Miller, B.A., S. Koszinski, W. Hierold, B. Schröder, M. Wehrhan, and M. Sommer. 2016. Towards mapping soil carbon landscapes: issues of sampling scale and transferability. Soil and Tillage Research 156:194-208. doi: 10.1016/j.still.2015.07.004.
Miller, B.A. and R.J. Schaetzl. 2015. Digital classification of hillslope position. Soil Science Society of America Journal 79(1):132-145. doi: 10.2136/sssaj2014.07.0287.
Miller, B.A. and C.L. Burras. 2015. Comparison of surficial geology maps based on soil survey and in depth geological survey. Soil Horizons 56(1). doi: 10.2136/sh14-05-0005.
Miller, B.A. and R.J. Schaetzl. 2014. The historical role of base maps in soil geography. Geoderma 230-231:329-339. doi:10.1016/j.geoderma.2014.04.020.