The College of Life Sciences

McMillan, Brock

Plant & Wildlife Sciences

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5048  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 2014
  • BIO 100: Principles of Biology Section 007
  • PWS 344: Natural History of Wildlife Section 001
  • PWS 699R: Master's Thesis Section 019
Summer 2014
  • PWS 699R: Master's Thesis Section 042
Winter 2014
  • PWS 225: Prin of Wildlife & Fishery Mgt Section 001
  • PWS 344: Natural History of Wildlife Section 001
  • PWS 494R: Mentored Learning Experience Section 019
  • PWS 547: Ungulate Conservation & Mgt Section 001
  • PWS 598R: Adv Topics in PWS Section 005
  • PWS 699R: Master's Thesis Section 018
Fall 2013
  • BIO 100: Principles of Biology Section 008
  • PWS 699R: Master's Thesis Section 019

Selected Publications
Journal Articles

Day CC, Westover MD, McMillan BR. Seasonal diet of the northern river otter (Lontra canadensis): what drives prey selection?. Canadian Journal of Zoology. 2015;93:in press.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conference Proceedings

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


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 Mar.

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 Feb.

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, 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 Feb.