There is a critical need for fundamental science that supports the sustainable management of ecosystem services and informs sustainable policy making. Rapidly growing mid-sized urban population centers are altering proximal ecosystem services on which these communities depend, a trend of global significance.

MILES is an NSF/EPSCoR-funded project to advance the understanding of feedbacks between social and ecological systems and ecosystem services in mid-sized cities in the face of climate change and urban growth.

Read more about the MILES project.

The major participating institutions in this project are:

Boise State UniversityIdaho State UniversityUniversity of Idaho

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Idaho Public Television explores the Health of our Lakes, focusing on Fernan, Coeur d'Alene, and Hayden Lakes in North Idaho. MILES Univ of Idaho research is described within the first 11 minutes of the program.

Archived media coverage of MILES


Adventure Learning Summer Workshops!

Follow the blog as middle- and high-school teachers across Idaho take part in workshops designed to build an understanding of ecosystem services.

M.S./Ph.D. Opportunity at ISU

The Social Ecological Research Lab at Idaho State University is hiring a PhD or MS student to conduct interdisciplinary research on conservation, ecosystem services, and environmental planning.

The student will pursue a degree in Biology or Geosciences at Idaho State University, and will be funded by the MILES program, an NSF project on coupled human-environment systems in Idaho. Preference will be given to students with strong background in GIS. The assistantship provides a competitive stipend, tuition waivers and health insurance. Initial funding is available for one year, and based on performance, renewable for an additional year. Additional funding can be obtained from external grants or teaching assistantships. Pocatello, Idaho is a vibrant, small city in the Intermountain West with a low-cost of living, high quality of life, and abundant year-round outdoor activities. To apply, send as soon as possible a CV and a letter describing your experience, your research interests, and your career goals to Dr. Antonio J. Castro.