Dr. Katherine Milla is a professor of geology and geospatial sciences in the Center
for Water Resources at Florida A&M University, where she has been a faculty member
since 1999. She is a fellow of the FAMU Digital Learning Initiative and serves as
a faculty liaison for the FAMU Writing Across the Curriculum initiative. Dr. Milla
completed her Ph.D. in geology at Florida State University, and a graduate certificate
in Geospatial Intelligence from Penn State University. Her research interests include
dynamics of interchanges between natural and human hydrologic systems. She has secured
research funding from a number of agencies, including the USDA, NOAA and NASA. She
is also devoted to research on the challenges of science teaching and learning in
the digital age, and she actively collaborates with faculty in this area across the
FAMU campus. Dr. Milla enjoys working actively with students. She teaches courses
in geographic information systems and geospatial technologies, and supports undergraduate
students in developing geospatial research projects. Outside of academia Dr. Milla
enjoys kayaking, fishing and being in nature.
Ph.D. Geology, Florida State University, 1999
M.S. Geology, Florida State University, 1990
B.S. Geology, University of South Florida, 1985
Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence, Penn State University, 2020
FIELDS OF SPECIALIZATION:
Dynamics of Natural and Human Systems Hydrological Interactions, Applications of Geospatial
Technologies in Natural Resource Sciences
CREDENTIAL AND AFFILIATIONS:
- American Council on Education Certificate in Effective College Instructions, Awarded
- FAMU Digital Learning Initiative Fellow, 2018
- Faculty Affiliate of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Resilient Infrastructure
& Disaster Response (Rider) Center
- Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, GIS 1040
- Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing, AGR 4430C
- GIS Research Applications for Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences, AGG 5330C
SELECTED REFEREED PUBLICATIONSS:
- Milla, K., 2020. Geospatial thinking and the digital revolution. Online peer-reviewed
lesson on Carleton University’s Teach the Earth web portal, https://serc.carleton.edu/teachearth/activities/211737.html
- Jain, A., Rasmussen, A., Milla, K., Pescador, M., Richard, B., 2020. Water Chemistry
and Aquatic Insect Assemblages of Ephemeral Ponds in the Munson Sand Hills Region
of the Apalachicola National Forest, Florida, USA. Southeastern Naturalist, v. 19,
- Milla, K., 2019. Crossing the digital divide: Metacognition for learning in the digital
age. In Cases on Digital Learning and Teaching Transformations in Higher Education,
Blankenship, R. and Baker, C. eds., IGI Global, 35-49.
- Jihn, Zhijun, Zhang, L., Wang, Y., Cui, Y. and Milla, K., 2009. Using carbon, hydrogen
and helium isotopes to unravel the origin of hydrocarbons in the Wujiaweizi area of
the Songliao Basin, China. Episodes, v. 32, no. 3, 175-184.
- Hacisalihoglu, G. Milla, K., Ji, P., Mochena, T., Olson, S. and Momol, T. M., 2007.
Spectral changes associated with bacterial wilt stress in tomato leaves. Proceedings
of the Soil and Crop Science Society of Florida, Tampa, Florida, June 4-6, 2006, vol.
66, pp. 1-5.
- Wang, H., Huang, W., Hladik, C., and Milla, K., 2008. Detecting the spatial and temporal
variability of chlorophyll-a concentration and total suspended solids in Apalachicola
Bay, Florida using MODIS imagery. International Journal of Remote Sensing.
- Wang, H., Huang, W., Harwell, M., Edmiston, L., Johnson, E., Hsieh, P., Milla, K.
Christensen, J., Stewart, J., and Liu, Xiaohai, 2008. Modeling oyster growth rate
by coupling oyster population and hydrodynamic models for Apalachicola Bay, Florida,
USA. Ecological Modeling. v. 211, 77-89.
- Xiao, H., Gwede, C., Kiros, G., and Milla, K., 2007. Analysis of prostate cancer incidence
using geographic information system and multilevel modeling. Journal of the National
Medical Association, v. 99, pp. 218-225.
- Milla, K. and Kish, S., 2006. A low-cost microprocessor and infrared sensor system
for automating water infiltration measurements. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture,
- Milla, K. and Reitz, S., 2005. Spatial/Temporal Model for Survivability of Pea Leafminer
(Liriomyza huidobrensis) in South Florida, USA. European Journal of Scientific Research,
v. 7, no. 5, 65-73
SELECTED ABSTRACTS, POSTERS, PRESENTATIONS AND PROCEEDINGS:
- Crandall C., Milla K., Jain, A., Bottcher, D. and James, A., 2017. Farm and sub-basin-scale
BMP implementation for Row Crops and Ability to meet Total Maximum Daily Load Criteria:
A case study in Attapulgus Creek Basin, Southwest Georgia and North Florida. Abstract
of presentation delivered at Energy, Food, Water Nexus International Summit, Oct 19-20.,
- Crandall, C., Milla, K., 2016. Meeting TMDL Criteria in Florida and Nutrients from
Upstream States. Abstract in proceedings of the annual ESRI International User Conference,
June 2016, San Diego, California.
- Crandall, C., Milla, K., Jain, A., Mbuya, O. and Bottcher, D., 2014. A Decision Support
Module for Evaluating the Effects of Alternative Land Management Practices on Florida
Surface Water Quality. Poster presentation for 2014 annual Soil and Water Conservation
Society Conference, July 27-30, Chicago, Illilnois.
- Gitau, M., Li, C., Milla, K. and Cooper, A., 2013. Enhancing Teaching and Learning
in Natural Resources Conservation Engineering and the Geosciences, abstract of presentation
at The Association of 1890 Research Directors biennial meeting, April 6-10, 2012,
- Kish, S., Milla, K., and Means, R., 2012. Dynamics of Water Levels in Ephemeral Ponds
of the Munson Sandhills, Lower Coastal Plain of Northwest Florida. In Abstracts with
Programs, Vol. 44, No. 7 (pp. 436). Annual Meeting, Geological Society of America.
- Jain, A., Milla, K., Mbuya, O. and Pancholy, S., 2011. Evaluation of water quality
for ephemeral ponds in the Apalachicola National Forest, abstract of poster presented
at Association of Research Directors 16th biennial research symposium, April 10-13,
- Milla, K., Kish, S. and Edwards, A. 2011. Investigation of hydrodynamics of seasonal
ponds in the Apalachicola National Forest, Florida. Poster presented at the USDA National
Water Conference, 2011.
- Gitau, M.W., Milla, K., Brown, R., Bottcher, D. and Pancholy, S. 2010. Enhancing NASA’s
Coastal On-line Assessment and Synthesis Tool as a visual interface for model-based
assessments. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Annual International
Meeting. Jun 20-23. Pittsburgh, PA. Paper # 1009384.
RECENT EXTERNAL FUNDING SECURED AS PI OR CO-PI:
- Nutrient Reduction to Surface and Groundwater by Replacing Synthetic Fertilizers,
Pilot Project, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, $487,200, Odemari Mbuya,
PI, Katherine Milla, co-PI, Amita Jain, co-PI, Lucy Ngatia, co-PI.
- Spatial Mapping Education and Outreach to Limited Resource Farmers, USDA 1890 Land
Grant Universities Foundation Center of Excellence for Innovative and Sustainable
Small Farms, Ranches, and ForestLands, $30,000, 2020/01-2021/05, Katherine Milla,
- Building Research, Extension and Education Capacity in Hydrologic Exchanges Between
Natural and Human Systems, U.S. Department of Agriculture NIFA 1890s Capacity Building
Grant, Grant Number 2019-38821-29151, $582,000, 2019/03-2022/02, Katherine Milla,
PI, Amita Jain, co-PI, Odemari Mbuya, co-PI.
- Enhancing Undergraduate Learning through Engagement in Research in Natural Resource
Sciences, 2016-2017, USDA Forest Service, Amita Jain, PI, Katherine Milla, co-PI,
Odemari Mbuya, co-PI, $23,000.
- Developing an Education Partnership with the FAMU Developmental Research School to
Establish an Outdoor Classroom for Teaching Environmental Sampling Techniques, 2013-2015,
USDA Forest Service, Alfredo Lorenzo, PI, Kimberly Davis, PI, Katherine Milla, co-PI,
- From the Sky to the Sea: Investigating the Hydrologic Cycle in a Coastal Watershed,
an Exemplary Pilot Program for K-12 Environmental Literacy, 2013-2015, NOAA, Alfredo
Lorenzo, PI, Katherine Milla, co-PI, $75,000.
- Evaluation of Land-Use Effects and Management Alternatives on the Quality and Quantity
of Surface Waters Entering Florida, 2012-2014, USDA Forest Service, Katherine Milla,
PI, Odemari Mbuya, co-PI, $350,000.
- Developing a Decision Support Interface System for Selection and Implementation of
Agricultural Best Management Practices in Florida, USDA NIFA, 2011-2014, Katherine
Milla, PI, Odemari Mbuya, co-PI, Margaret Gitau, co-PI, $600,000.
- An Environmental Education Program for Expanding Conservation and Stewardship of the
Gulf of Mexico, 2010-2013, EPA, Katherine Milla, PI, Alfredo Lorenzo, co-PI, $500,000.
- Study of Impacts to Ephemeral Pond Habitats in the Apalachicola National Forest for
Management Decisions, 2011-2013, USDA Forest Service, Katherine Milla, PI, Odemari
Mbuya, co-PI, $300,000.
- Enhancing NASA's COAST Online Application for Agricultural Best Management-Practices
Decision Support, 2009-2011, NASA, Katherine Milla, PI, Margaret Gitau, co-PI, Sunil
Pancholy, co-PI, $400,000.