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Dr Peter Miller

Senior Earth Observation Scientist

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+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

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)