Student Profile

Jadda Miller

Ph.D. Student - Science and Agricultural Education

Research Interests

Environmental Science Education; Place-based Education; Citizen Science; Participatory Action Research; Formal and Informal Learning Environments; Traditional Ecological Knowledge; Rural Community Development; Environmental Justice


My research focuses on understanding how collaborative and community-based approaches to scientific research can address and potentially solve local environmental challenges. I am particularly interested in engaging youth in place-based science education research that serves to protect local ecosystems and how these experiences increase students’ agency for environmental action. 

I am also interested in understanding 1) How place attachment (the connection that individuals have with their surroundings) is linked to pro-environmental behavior and environmental concern; 2) How attachment to place can differ depending on individual and cultural concepts of place and features that make a place meaningful; 3) How Traditional Ecological Knowledge can inform and create authentic connections for nonindigenous peoples to place; 4) How place attachment and agency may mediate climate anxiety, particularly in youth. 


Ph.D. in Science and Agricultural Education, In progress, University of California, Davis

M.S. in Environmental Studies, 2019, Green Mountain College 

B.S. in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, 2014, University of California, Davis

Fellowships and Awards

North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Scholarship (2023)

U.C. Davis Graduate Group in Education Research Fellowship Award (Spring, 2023)

U.C. Davis Graduate Group in Education Fellowship Award (Spring, 2023)

U.C. Davis Public Scholars for the Future Fellowship (2023)

U.C. Davis Graduate Group in Education Fellowship Award (Winter, 2023)

National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) Graduate Student Committee Scholarship (2023)

University of California Davis, First Year Fellowship Award (2022)

Coverdell Peace Corps Fellowship (2017)

United States Presidential Community Service Award (2014)

University of California Davis, Provost Award (2013)

Francis J. Saunders Scholarship (2012-2013)

American Association of University Women Scholarship (2012)


Personal Website 

Related Links

Center for Community and Citizen Science 

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