PhD Research - Karly Marie Miller

B.S. Marine Science, University of South Carolina

Research Description: As the ecological and socio-economic importance of small-scale fisheries is increasingly acknowledged, tourism has been promoted as a development pathway that can both alleviate pressure on the fishery and improve the local standard of living by providing alternative livelihoods. My research on the Pacific Coast of Colombia uses a mixed methods approach to explore the dynamics of tourism development in small coastal communities and characterize the social and ecological outcomes. I study livelihood transitions, resource-use behaviors, food security, and wellbeing at both household and community scales. Through my work I hope to shed light on the key factors that affect these outcomes so as to enable better development planning and management.

Year Admitted: 2012
Research Areas:  Human-Environment Interactions, Small-Scale Fisheries, Coastal Tourism Development, Food Security, Political Ecology.
Faculty Advisor: Steve Gaines

Office: MSRB 1208

Curriculum Vitae



Kettle, N., K. Dow, S. Tuler, T. Webler, J. Whitehead, K. Miller. 2014. Integrating scientific and local knowledge to inform risk-based management approaches to climate change adaptation. Climate Risk Management. 4-5 (17-31).

K.M. Miller. (2015) Bahía Málaga: Ecotourism in the Colombian Pacific. Seven Seas, Vol. 7 (40-41). Available at:

de Sherbinin, A., D. Lopez-Carr, S. Cassels, L. Jiang, A. Lopez-Carr, K.M. Miller. (2014). Population-environment theory and contemporary applications. Encyclopedia of the Earth. Available at:

Miller, K.M. 2012. Navigating Academia: The Nuts and Bolts of Getting Started in Graduate School. Grad Post, University of California, Santa Barbara. (

Fellowship Awards:

Graduate Division Dissertation Fellowship
Philip & Aida Siff Graduate Fellowship
Fulbright US Study/Research Grant, Colombia
Regents Special Graduate Fellowship