Miles R. Silman

MV9Z7047Miles R. Silman is Professor of Biology, Ranlet and Frank Bell Jr. Fellow, and Director of the Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability at Wake Forest University. His work centers on the response of tropical forest ecosystems to past and future climate change with particular emphasis on biodiversity, ecosystem services, species distribution and species migration in space and time. His current projects also work on understanding Andean and Amazonian carbon cycles for use in private, large-scale ecosystem services projects. He has 20 years of experience working in the Andes and Amazon and is a coordinator and founding member of the Andes Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group.

Contact Information

Phone: (336) 758-5596
Office: Winston Hall, 134


A Long History of Cloud and Forest Migration from Lake Consuelo, Peru,” co-authored with D. Urrego and M.B. Bush,Quaternary Research, 73:2 (2010): 364-373.

“Biotic Attrition in the Hot Tropics Accounting for Truncated Temperature Nices,” with K.J. Feeley, Global Change Biology, 16:6 (2010): 1830-1836.

“Modeled Distributions and Responses of Andean & Amazonian Plant Species to Climate Change: the Effects of Geo-Referencing Errors and the Importance of Data Filtering, co-authored with K.J. Feeley, Journal of Biogeography, 37:4 (2010): 733-740.

“From Ice-Age to Modern: A Record of Landscape Change in an Andean Cloud Forest,” co-authored with B. Valencia and D. Urrego, Journal of Biogeography, 37 (2010): 1637-1647.

“Millennial-Scale Ecological Changes in Tropical South America since the Last Glacial Maximum,” co-authored with D. Urrego, M.B. Bush, A. Correa-Metrio, M. Ledru and B. Valencia, in F. Vimieux, F. Sylvetre and M. Khodri, eds. Past Cilmate Variability in South America and Surrounding Regions: From the Last Glacial Maximum to the Holocene (Springer, NY: 2009).

“Amazonia: A cultural landscape?,co-authored with M..B. Bush, in G. Nelson and I. Hronsky, eds. An international Forum on Sustainability (Budapest: Arisztotelész Publishing Co., 2008): 51-61.

“Plant Species Diversity in Amazonian Forests,” in Bush, M. and Flenly, J. eds. Tropical Rain Forest Responses to Climate Change (London: Praxis Publishing, 2006).