L. Scott Mills joined North Carolina State University in July 2013 as a Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program cluster hire in Global Environmental Change and Human Well-Being. He is a Professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources in the College of Natural Resources, a member of the Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology Program, and will also collaborate with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Sciences, the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, and the USGS Southeast Climate Science Center. As an applied wildlife population biologist, his research focus integrates field studies, molecular and population genetics, and quantitative modeling tools to understand how wild animal populations -- and their associated communities and ecosystems -- respond to human-caused global changes.
Mills is a fifth generation North Carolinian, with a B.S. in Zoology from NC State. After graduating from NC State, he moved west, receiving a M.S. in Wildlife Biology from Utah State University and a Ph.D. in Biology at University of California Santa Cruz. Following that, for the past 18 years, Mills was a Professor in the Wildlife Biology Program at the University of Montana. In this capacity, he received numerous teaching awards, mentored 22 graduate and 30 undergraduate research projects, and brought in funding from a wide range of sources (including an NSF Early Career Award). In addition to many journal and book articles, his applied population ecology textbook has been used in at least 100 classrooms around the world. Mills was a 2009 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, in part for his international work building local capacity to conduct wildlife ecology research (on species including snow leopards and tigers) in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. He has testified to the U.S. Congress, advised the Western Governors Association on climate change effects on wildlife, was a member of the Board of Governors for the Society of Conservation Biology, and served as a coauthor on the North America section of the Nobel Prize winning 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.