Nic is a plant ecologist with tendencies toward wildlife biology, and a strong interest in grassland ecology and restoration in North America. His specific research experience and interests surround how prairie plant communities respond to disturbances (e.g. fire, grazing, human encroachment), and how this relates to the restoration of grassland ecosystems. Nic received his M.S. from Clemson University in South Carolina in May 2017. His thesis research sought to parse out how the reintroduction of American bison (Bison bison L.) influences plant community composition and diversity in the mixed-grass prairie of the Northern Great Plains, actively informing the current ambitious restoration projects in northeastern Montana (via the American Prairie Reserve). Prior to working with bison in the Great Plains, Nic worked extensively in rangeland ecology (primarily cattle) in both the mesic pasturelands of the Carolinas and the arid range of western Kansas. He grew up doing field botanical survey’s with his dad (Patrick McMillan) in the longleaf pine (Pinus palustris Mill.) savannas of South Carolina’s low-country.
Nic is currently pursuing a PhD at Oklahoma State University.