McMillan, Brock

Plant & Wildlife Sciences

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4105B  LSB
Provo, UT 84602
(801) 422-1228


Brock was born in Brigham City Utah. He earned his B.S. in Biology from Utah State University. He attended graduate school at Kansas State University where he earned both his M.S. and Ph.D. in Biology. He is married and has three daughters and one son.
 Teaching Interests
Brock's teaching interests include General Biology, Principles of Wildlife Management, Natural History of Wildlife, and Field Mammalogy.
 Research Interests
Brock's research interests include population and community ecology of mammals, wildlife habitat associations, behavioral ecology of mammals, and wildlife conservation.
 Courses Taught

Fall 2018
  • PWS 344: Natural History of Wildlife Section 001
  • PWS 494R: Mentored Learning Experience Section 019
  • PWS 699R: Master's Thesis Section 016
Summer 2018
  • PWS 150: Environmental Biology Section 001
  • PWS 494R: Mentored Learning Experience Section 016, 026
  • PWS 699R: Master's Thesis Section 016
Winter 2018
  • IAS 201R: Cultural Survey Section 007
  • PWS 225: Prin of Wildlife & Fishery Mgt Section 001
  • PWS 547: Ungulate Conservation & Mgt Section 001
  • PWS 699R: Master's Thesis Section 016
Fall 2017
  • PWS 344: Natural History of Wildlife Section 001
  • PWS 699R: Master's Thesis Section 16

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Hall LK, Larsen RT, Knight RK, McMillan BR. 2018. Feral horses influence both spatial and temporal patterns of water use by native ungulates in a semi-arid environment. Ecoshpere. 9:e02096.  doi:10.1002/ecs2.2096

Edgel RJ, Larsen RT, Whiting JC, McMillan BR. 2018. Space Use, Movements, and Survival of Pygmy Rabbits in Response to Construction of a Large Pipeline. Wildlife Society Bulletin. 42:488-497.  doi:10.1002/wsb.908

Mahoney PJ, Young JK, Larsen RT, McMillan BR, Stoner DC. 2018. Spatial processes decouple management from objectives in a heterogeneous landscape: predator control as a case study. Ecological Applications. 28:786-797.  doi:10.1002/eap.1686

Lambert C, Hall LK, Larsen RT, Knight RN, McMillan BR. 2018. Temporal partitioning and the effects of climate change on two ecologically similar desert bats. Journal of Mammalogy. 99:1486-1494.

Nix JH, Howell RG, Hall LK, McMillan BR. 2018. The influence of periodic increases of human activity on crepuscular and nocturnal mammals: Testing the weekend effect. Behavioral Processes. 146:16-21.  doi:10.1016/j.beproc.2017.11.002

Gooch AJ, Petersen SL, Collins GH, Smith TS, McMillan BR, Eggett DL. 2017. The impacts of feral horses on the use of water by pronghorn in the Great Basin. Journal of Arid Environments. 138:38-43.  doi:10.1016/j.jaridenv.2016.11.012

Sharp-Bowman T, McMillan BR, St Clair SB. 2017. A comparison of the effects of fire on rodent abundance and diversity in the Great Basin and Mojave Deserts. PLoS ONE. 12:e0187740.  doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0187740

Ellis KS, Larsen RT, Whiting JC, Wilson TL, McMillan BR. 2017. Assessing indirect measures of abundance and distribution with remote cameras: simplifying indices of activity at pygmy rabbit burrows. Ecological Indicators. 77:23.30.  doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.01.041

Sharp-Bowman TR, McMillan BR, St Clair SB. 2017. Rodent herbivory and fire differentially affect plant species recruitment based on variability in life history traits. Ecosphere. 8:1-10.  doi:10.1002/ecs2.2016/full

Sharp-Bowman TR, McMillan BR, St Clair SB. 2017. Rodent herbivory differentially affects mortality rates of 14 native plant species with contrasting life history and growth form traits. Oecologia. 185:465-473.  doi:10.1007/s00442-017-3944-y

St Clair SB, O'Connor R, Gill RA, McMillan BR. 2016. Biotic resistance and disturbance: rodent consumers regulate post-fire plant invasions and increase community diversity. Ecology. 97:1700-1711.  doi:10.1002/ecy.1391

Day CC, Westover MD, Hall LK, Larsen RT, McMillan BR. 2016. Comparing direct and indirect methods to estimate detection rates and site use of a cryptic semi-aquatic carnivore. Ecological Indicators. 66:230-234.  doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.01.039

Belk MC, Billman EJ, Ellsworth C, McMillan BR. 2016. Does habitat restoration increase coexistence of native stream fishes with introduced brown trout: a case study on the middle Provo River, Utah, USA. Water. 8:121. <website> doi:10.3390/w8040121

Hall LK, Larsen RT, Westover MD, Day CC, Knight RN, McMillan BR. 2016. Influence of exotic horses on the use of water by communities of native wildlife in a semi-arid environment. Journal of Arid Environments. 127:100-105.  doi:10.1016/j.jaridenv.2015.11.008

Hall LK, Lambert CT, Larsen RT, Knight RN, McMillan BR. 2016. Will climate change leave some desert bat species thirstier than others?. Biological Conservation. 201:284-292.  doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2016.07.020

Lucero JE, Allen PS, McMillan BR. 2015. Increased primary production from an exotic invader does not subsidize native rodents. PloS ONE. :e0131564.  doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0131564

Day CC, Westover MD, McMillan BR. 2015. Seasonal diet of the northern river otter (Lontra canadensis): what drives prey selection?. Canadian Journal of Zoology. 93:197-205.  doi:10.1139/cjz-2014-0218

Freeman ED, Larsen RT, Peterson ME, Anderson Jr. CR, Hersey KR, McMillan BR. 2014. Effects of male-biased harvest on mule deer: Implications for rates of pregnancy, synchrony, and timing of parturition. Wildlife Society Bulletin. DOI: 10.1002/wsb.450.  doi:10.1002/wsb.450

Freeman ED, Sharp TR, Larsen RT, Knight RN, Slater SJ, McMillan BR. 2014. Negative Effects of an Exotic Grass Invasion on Small-Mammal Communities. PLoS ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0108843.  doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0108843

Day CC, Westover MD, McMillan BR. 2013. Factors influencing mortality associated with translocation of northern river otters (Lontra canadensis) in Utah. Western North American Naturalist. 73:357-364.

Freeman ED, Larsen RT, Klegg KC, McMillan BR. 2013. Long-lasting effects of maternal condition in large ungulates. PLoS ONE. 8:e58373.

Giudice JH, Haroldson KJ, Harwood A, McMillan BR. 2013. Probability of detection in crowing surveys of ring-necked pheasants. Journal of Field Ornithology. 84:98-112.

Hall LK, Day CC, Westover MD, Edgel RJ, Larsen RT, Knight RN, McMillan BR. 2013. Vigilance of kit foxes at water sources: a test of competing hypotheses for a solitary carnivore subjected to predation. Behavioral Processes. 94:76-82; DOI: 10.1016/j.beproc.2012.007.

Hall LK, Larsen RT, Knight RN, Bunnell KD, McMillan BR. 2013. Water developments and canids in two North American deserts: a test of the indirect effect of water hypothesis. PLoS ONE. 8:e67800.

Billman EJ, Kreitzer JD, Creighton JC, Habit E, McMillan BR, Belk MC. 2013. Habitat enhancement and native fish conservation: can enhancement of channel complexity promot the coexistence of native and introduced fishes?. Environmental Biology of Fishes. 96:555-566; DOI:10.1007/s10641-012-0041-2.

Horn KJ, McMillan BR, St Clair SB. 2012. Expansive fire in Mojave Desert shrubland reduces abundance and species diversity of small mammals. Journal of Arid Environments. 77:54-58.

Lucero JE, Payne JS, McMillan BR. 2012. The valve method: an efficient and inexpensive means of decanting seeds from a flotation solution. Seed Technology. 34:217-226.

Perlik MK, McMillan BR. 2011. Food habits of the hoary bat in an agricultural landscape. Minnesota Academy of Sciences Journal. 75:1-6.

McMillan BR, Pfeiffer KE, Kaufman DW. 2011. Vegetation responses to an animal-generated disturbance (bison wallows) in tallgrass prairie. The American Midland Naturalist. 165:60-73.

Deitloff J, Falcy MR, Krenz JD, McMillan BR. 2010. Correlating small mammal abundance to climatic variation over twenty years. Jounal of Mammalogy. 91:193-199.

Martin DJ, McMillan BR, Erb JD, Gorman TA, Walsh DP. 2010. Diel activity patterns of river otters (Lontra canadensis) in southeastern Minnesota. Journal of Mammalogy. 91:1213-1224.

Gorman TA, McMillan BR, Erb JD, Martin DJ, DePerno C. 2008. Survival and cause-specific mortality of river otters (Lontra canadensis) in southeastern Minnesota. American Midland Naturalist. 159:98-109.

Wersal RM, Madsen JD, McMillan BR, Gerard PD. 2006. Environmental factors affecting biomass and distribution of Stuckenia pectinata in the Heron Lake system, Minnesota, USA. Wetlands. 26:313-321.

Gorman TA, Erb JD, McMillan BR, Martin DJ, Homyack JA. 2006. Site characteristics of river otter (Lontra canadensis) natal dens in Minnesota. American Midland Naturalist. 156:109-117.

Gorman TA, Erb JD, McMillan BR, Martin DJ. 2006. Space use and sociality of river otters (Lontra canadensis) in Minnesota. Journal of Mammalogy. 87:740-747.

Conference Proceedings

Dingman KL, Kimmel RO, Krenz JD, McMillan BR. 2007. Factors affecting wild turkey spring hunt quality in Minnesota. Lansing, MI: Michigan Department of Natural Resources.


Morris JR, Petersen SL, Madsen MD, McMillan BR. Immature seedling fate and growth dynamics of the native grass, elymus elymoides. 71st Annual Meeting for the Society for Range Management. Sparks, Nevada, USA. 2018 .

Dunken S, Maughan PJ, Baxter R, McMillan BR, Larsen RT. Influence of translocation on greater sage-grouse in Strawberry Valley, Utah: Has genetic diversity increased following augmentation. The Utah Chapter of the Wildlife Society. St. George, UT. 2014 .

Dunken S, Maughan PJ, Baxter R, McMillan BR, Larsen RT. Genetic consequences of translocation of greater sage-grouse in Strawberry Valley, Utah. Annual Meeting of the Utah Chapter of the Wildife Society. 2013 .

Gooch AJ, Petersen SL, McMillan BR, Smith TS. Feral horse impacts on pronghorn use of watering holes on the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge. Society for Range Management. Oklahoma City, OK. 2013 .

Gooch AJ, Petersen SL, Collins G, Smith TS, McMillan BR. Feral Horse (Equus caballus) Impacts on Pronghorn (Antilocapra americana) Use of Watering Holes on the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge, Nevada. Society for Range Management 65th Annual Meeting, 8 January-3 February 2012. Spokane, Washington. 2012 .

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