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Dr Peter Miller

Senior Earth Observation Scientist



Contact Details

+44 (0)1752 633100 (switchboard)

pim21/10/2017 06:04:10@pml.ac.uk

A principal Earth observation scientist with over 20 years’ experience, I lead research on ocean fronts, their impact upon animal behaviour and potential modulation by climate change, and on water quality including detecting harmful algal blooms. I generate impact in policy implementation, conservation and the aquaculture industry, with a focus on international collaboration and commercialisation. I lead a team of Earth observation scientists who develop and apply my research within commissioned research projects.

I have been principal investigator on 3 NERC research grants, 3 BBSRC grants, 3 EC projects, 2 Defra contracts, 2 Environment Agency projects, and 2 Crown Estate subcontracts. During this time I have published over 60 peer-reviewed papers, with an H-index of 20 (Web of Knowledge).

Projects

PRIMROSE: Predicting Risk and Impact of Harmful Events on the Aquaculture Sector

PRIMROSE: Predicting Risk and Impact of Harmful Events on the Aquaculture Sector

Contact: Dr Peter Miller

The aquaculture sector of Europe’s Atlantic Arc is negatively impacted by the effects of harmful blooms and microbial pathogens. The PRIMROSE...

InSUre

Integrated Service for Surveillance of illegal Unlicensed & Unreported fishing (InSUre)

In the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) the main losses in fish stocks are linked to illegal fishing activity that has increased in recent years. Considerable...

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Other key projects

  • Harmful algal bloom monitoring contracts for Scottish salmon farming industry (2007–).
  • MASSMO – Marine Autonomous Systems for Marine Observations (Dstl/NERC, 2014–).
  • Minimising the risk from advective harmful algal blooms (BBSRC/NERC, 2015–2017).
  • Pelagic conservation in the open ocean (US Lenfest Ocean Programme, 2012–2014).

Recent publications

  • Scales, KL; Schorr, GS; Hazen, EL; Bograd, SJ; Miller, PI; Andrews, RD; Zerbini, AN; Falcone, EA. 2017 Should I stay or should I go? Modelling year-round habitat suitability for fin whales in the California Current. Diversity and Distributions, 23 (10). 1204-1215. 10.1111/ddi.12611
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  • Paterson, RF; McNeill, S; Mitchell, E; Adams, T; Swan, S; Clarke, D; Miller, PI; Bresnan, E; Davidson, K. 2017 Environmental control of harmful dinoflagellates and diatoms in a fjordic system. Harmful Algae, 65. 1-17. 10.1016/j.hal.2017.09.002
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  • Fernandez, M; Yesson, C; Gannier, A; Miller, PI; Azevedo, J. 2017 The importance of temporal resolution for niche modelling in dynamic marine environments. Journal of Biogeography. 10.1111/jbi.13080
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  • Wakefield, ED; Owen, E; Baer, J; Carroll, MJ; Daunt, F; Dodd, SG; Green, JA; Guildford, T; Mavor, RA; Miller, PI; Newell, MA; Newton, SF; Robertson, GS; Shoji, A; Soanes, LM; Votier, SC; Wanless, S; Bolton, M. 2017 Breeding density, fine-scale tracking and large-scale modeling reveal the regional distribution of four seabird species. Ecological Applications. 10.1002/eap.1591
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  • Cox, SL; Witt, MJ; Embling, CB; Godley, BJ; Hosegood, PJ; Miller, PI; Votier, SC; Ingram, SN. 2017 Temporal patterns in habitat use by small cetaceans at an oceanographically dynamic marine renewables test site in the Celtic Sea [in special issue: European Marine Megafauna] Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 141. 178-190. 10.1016/j.dsr2.2016.07.001
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  • Brewin, RJW; de Mora, L; Billson, O; Jackson, T; Russell, P; Brewin, TG; Shutler, J; Miller, PI; Taylor, BH; Smyth, TJ; Fishwick, J. 2017 Evaluating operational AVHRR sea surface temperature data at the coastline using surfers. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 196. 276-289. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2017.07.011
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Selected key publications

Miller, P.I., Scales, K.L., Ingram, S.N., Southall, E.J. & Sims, D.W. (2015) Basking sharks and oceanographic fronts: quantifying associations in the north-east Atlantic. Functional Ecology, 29(8), 1099-1109. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12423

Miller, P.I. & Christodoulou, S. (2014) Frequent locations of ocean fronts as an indicator of pelagic diversity: application to marine protected areas and renewables. Marine Policy. 45, 318–329. doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2013.09.009

Miller, P.I. (2009) Composite front maps for improved visibility of dynamic sea-surface features on cloudy SeaWiFS and AVHRR data. Journal of Marine Systems, 78(3), 327-336. doi:10.1016/j.jmarsys.2008.11.019.

Scales, K.L., Miller, P.I., Hawkes, L.A., Ingram, S.N., Sims, D.W. & Votier, S.C. (2014) On the Front Line: frontal zones as priority at-sea conservation areas for mobile marine vertebrates. Journal of Applied Ecology, 51(6), 1575-1583. doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12330

Queiroz, N., Humphries, N.E., Mucientes, G., Hammerschlag, N., Lima, F., Scales, K., Miller, P.I., Sousa, L.L., Seabra, R. & Sims, D.W. (2016) Ocean-wide tracking of pelagic sharks reveals extent of overlap with longline fishing hotspots. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA, 113(6), 1582-1587. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1510090113.

Oppel, S., Meirinho, A., Ramírez, I., Gardner, B., O'Connell, A.F., Miller, P.I. & Louzao, M. (2012) Comparison of five modelling techniques to predict the spatial distribution and abundance of seabirds. Biological Conservation, 156, 94-104, doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2011.11.013.

Other activities

  • ICES - IOC Working Group on Harmful Algal Bloom Dynamics (2014–);
  • Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON, 2015–);
  • NERC Earth Observation Data Acquisition and Analysis Service Steering Committee (ex officio, 2000–2009);
  • UK Copernicus Marine Network Group (2008–2013)