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Dr Peter Miller

Senior Earth Observation Scientist

Contact Details

+44 (0)1752 633100 (switchboard)


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).


Earth observation for sustainable development (EO4SD) - marine resources

Contact: Steve Groom

The world’s oceans generate goods and services with an estimated value of over $49.7 trillion per annum, equivalent to the world’s...

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...

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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).

Selected key publications

PML (ed.) 2019. Satellite derived ocean front maps inform the designation of national and international areas for marine protection. A compilation of site selection documents, or other appropriate evidence, as corroboration of the impact of PML research in the MPA planning process.

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)