James (Jim) Miller has been a Senior Research Ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service, Southern Research Station, since 1977 at a lab on the Auburn University Campus,and Affiliate Professor of Forestry with Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences during the same period. Jim has Southern Regional responsibility for invasive plant research for the Forest Service. He has published over 100 scientific and popular articles and books. Most noteworthy are a series of reports on the region-wide COMProject with 13 study sites in 7 states in its 25th year studying the influences of woody and herbaceous plants growing in loblolly pine plantations. His books include, Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses, coauthored with Dr. Karl Miller, University of Georgia, and Nonnative Invasive Plants of Southern Forests: A field guide for identification and control.
He travels widely to speak on the Predicament of Invasive Species and the Ecological and Socio-economic dilemmas they present and works at the national, regional, and state levels to organize efforts to manage the ongoing invasions. He currently leads a Regional Task Force on Invasive Species including all branches of the Forest Service to identify the alien invasive species that most threaten southern forest sustainability.