Ian Miller

Chief Science and Innovation Officer at National Geographic Society


As chief science and innovation officer at the National Geographic Society, Ian Miller will oversee the Society’s scientific functions to ensure that science continues to be foundational to the organization’s programs for impact and illumination.

Before joining the Society, Miller spent 15 years at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, most recently serving as the director of Earth and Space Sciences. During this time he studied fossil plants, paleoclimate, paleoecology, and tectonics, and he also co-led the Snowmastodon Project, which provided a new benchmark for understanding climate change in the American West.

Throughout his academic career, Miller has natural history experience on all seven continents and has been a lead scientist on major field expeditions in Madagascar and much of the western United States. He has published 30 peer-reviewed scientific articles and books on paleobiology and geology.

Beyond his work as a scientist, Miller has led museum initiatives aimed at deepening people’s connection with the natural world and unearthing major trends in new and existing audiences that will define the future of museums.

Miller is a previous board member of Snowmass Discovery, a peer-reviewer for multiple academic journals, and member of various scientific societies, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Geological Society of America, and International Council of Museums.

Miller received his Ph.D. and master’s degree in geology and paleobotany from Yale University, and a B.A. in geology from Colorado College.



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