Dr Adam Miller

Honorary Research Fellow – School of Biosciences, The University of MelbourneMillerA
Research and Restoration Ecologist (Nature Glenelg Trust)

Bio21 Institute
Room 264
+61 488 735 482


I currently live in Warrnambool on the south-west coast of Victoria and am happily married with three children. I completed an undergraduate degree in aquatic science in 2000, and a PhD in molecular ecology in 2005, both with Deakin University. I joined Professor Hoffmann’s group as a postdoctoral research fellow in 2008, with my initial employment having a primary focus on enhancing biological and ecological knowledge of pest invertebrates in the Australian grains industry. While I have maintained a keen interest and involvement in the agricultural sciences, my research interests are broad and overarch ecological genetics of Australian wildlife from both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Generally my research is applied and focuses on the application of molecular tools for improving the management of threatened, commercially important, and pest species through investigations of systematic issues (i.e. taxonomy through phylogenetics), species phylogeography and population genetics. I have a particularly keen interest in the evolution and conservation of rare and threatened species, where I routinely draw on genetic methods to assess evolutionary trajectories and help inform conservation management. More recently I have begun to focus on the assessment of evolutionary patterns at community rather than species levels with the hope of developing practical conservation and restoration frameworks at landscape scales. I am also moving more into the realms of population genomics where the combination of modern sequencing technologies and bioinformatics tools are providing new exciting opportunities to estimate patterns of neutral and adaptive genetic diversity in unprecedented detail. This is providing far greater insights into species demography and interactions between species and their environments.

Current Projects:

Comparative phylogenomics of Australian alpine flora: informing future conservation through estimating spatial patterns of endemism across the alps.

Population genomics of the blacklip abalone Haliotis rubra: implications for fisheries management including stock augmentation following stock declines.

Population genetics of the invasive redlegged earth mite, Halotydeus destructor, in Australia.

Managing the recovery of the Murray crayfish, Euastacus bispinosus, through field survelance, population genetics and predictive modelling.

Genetic assessment of captive populations and the development of translocation guidelines for the endangered yarra pygmy perch, Nannoperca obscura, in south-eastern South Australia.

Physiology, phylogeography, and population genetics of native fishes of the Kimberly.

Population dynamics of the riverine shrimp Paratya australiensis, in an urban landscape.

Refinement of eDNA protocols for the detection of threaten fish species in the Melbourne region.

Species traits, dispersal patterns and refuge use by six invertebrate species across a hydrologically variable landscape.

Population genetics of the intertidal marine algae Hormosira banksii inferred from nuclear microsatellite markers.

Population genetics of the caddisfly Lectrides varians, and the identification of cryptic species through phylogenetic analysis.

Recent Publications (2010 – 2014):

Tan MH, Gan HM, Gan HY, Lee YP, Croft LJ, Schultz MB, Miller AD, Austin CM (2014) De novo transcriptome of the crayfish Cherax quadricarinatus provides new insights into crustacean phylogeny and allows in silico allergen identification. Genome Biology and Evolution (In Review)

Weeks AR, Van Rooyen A, Heinze D, Miller AD (2014) High levels of relatedness and low levels of genetic variation and structure in the Tasmanian native hen Gallinula mortierii. Journal of Avian Biology (In Review)

Luna-Ramirez K, Miller AD, Rasic G (2014) Phylogenetic analyses reveal deep divergence and complex phylogeographic patterns in an Australian endemic scorpion Urodacus yaschenkoi: implications for conservation and biomedicine. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution (In Review)

Berman M, Austin CM, Miller AD (2014) Social structure and population genetics of the endemic New Caledonian ant Leptomyrmex pallens Emery (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Dolichoderinae), in the context of fire-induced rainforest fragmentation. Conservation Genetics (In Review)

Slatyer RA, Nash MA, Miller AD, Endo Y, Umbers KDL, Hoffmann AA (2014) Strong phylogeographic structure and recent local differentiation in the Australian alpine grasshopper Kosciuscola tristis. BMC Evolutionary Biology 14, 204.

Wickson SJ, Chester ET, Valenzuela I, Halliday B, Lester RE, Matthews TG, Miller AD (2014) Population genetic structure of the Australian caddisfly Lectrides varians Mosely (Trichoptera: Leptoceridae) and the identification of cryptic species in south eastern Australia. Journal of Insect Conservation 18, 1037-1046.

Endo Y, Nash M, Hoffmann AA, Slatyer R, Miller AD (2014) Comparative phylogeography of alpine invertebrates indicates deep lineage diversification and historical refugia in the Australian Alps. Journal of Biogeography 42(1), 89-102.

Miller AD, Sweeney OF, Whiterod NW, van Rooyen AR, Hammer M, Weeks AR (2014) Highly fragmented populations of the endangered Glenelg spiny freshwater crayfish (Euastacus bispinosus) exhibit critically low levels of genetic diversity. Endangered Species Research 25, 43-55.

Richardson K, Miller AD, Hoffmann AA, Larkin (2014) Potential new sources of wheat curl mite resistance in wheat to prevent the spread of yield-reducing pathogens. Experimental and Applied Acarology 64(1), 1-19.

Weeks AR, Smith MJ, van Rooyen AR, Maple D, Miller AD (2014) A single panmictic population of endemic red crabs, Gecarcoidea natalis, on Christmas Island with high levels of genetic diversity. Conservation Genetics 15, 909-919.

Berman M, Austin CM, Miller AD (2014) Complete mitochondrial genome sequence and 13 microsatellite loci recovered from next-generation sequencing for the New Caledonian spider-ant Leptomyrmex pallens. Molecular Biology Reports 41(3), 1179-1187.

Endersby NM, WhiteVL, Chan J, HurstT, Rašić G, MillerAD, Hoffmann AA (2013) Evidence of cryptic genetic lineages within Aedes notoscriptus (Skuse). Infection, Genetics and Evolution 18, 191-201.

Miller AD, Versace VL, Matthews TG,Montgomery S, Bowie KC (2013) Ocean currents influence the genetic structure of an intertidal mollusc in south-eastern Australia – implications for predicting the movement of passive dispersers across a marine biogeographic barrier. Ecology and Evolution 3(5), 1248-1261.

Miller AD, van Rooyen A, Sweeney O, Whiterod N, Weeks AR (2013) The development of 10 polymorphic microsatellite markers through next generation sequencing and a preliminary assessment of population structure and genetic diversity for the endangered Glenelg spiny crayfish, Euastacus bispinosus. Molecular Biology Reports 14(7), 4415-4419.

Weeks AR,Mitrovski P, Heinze D, Murray ND, Winnard A, Miller AD (2013) A species in decline: gemetic diversity and conservation of the Victorian eastern barred bandicoot, Perameles gunniiConservation Genetics 14(6), 1243-1245.

Miller AD, Skoracka A, Navia D, Santos De Mendonca R, Szydło W, Schultz MB, Smith CM, Truol G, Hoffmann AA(2013) Molecular markers reveal extensive cryptic speciation and host specialization in an economically important mite taxon. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 66(3), 928-940.

Miller AD, Good RT, Coleman RA, Lancaster ML, Weeks AR (2013) Microsatellite loci and the complete mitochondrial DNA sequence characterized through next generation sequencing and de novo genome assembly for the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot, Neophema chrysogaster. Molecular Biology Reports, 40(1), 35-42.

Miller AD, Umina P, Weeks AR, Hoffmann AA (2012) Population Genetics of the Wheat Curl Mite (Aceria tosichella Keifer) in Australia – Implications for the Management of Wheat Pathogens. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 102, 199–212.

Blacket MJ, Robin C, Good RT, Miller AD (2012) Universal primers for fluorescent labeling of PCR fragments – an efficient and cost effective approach to genotyping by fluorescence. Molecular Ecology Resources, 12(3), 456-463.

Miller AD, van Rooyen A, Ayres RM, Raadik TA, Fairbrother P, Weeks AR (2012) The development of 24 polymorphic microsatellite loci for the endangered barred galaxias, Galaxias fuscus, through next generation DNA sequencing. Conservation Genetics Resources, 4, 613-616.

Miller AD, Versace VL, Matthews T, Bowie KC (2012) The development of 20 microsatellite loci for the Australian marine mollusk, Donax deltoides, through next generation DNA sequencing. Conservation Genetics Resources, 4(2), 257-260.

Arthur AL, Miller AD, Weeks AR (2011) Genetic markers indicate a new species complex of emerging pest mites in Australian grains. Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 104(3), 402-415.

Carew M, Miller A, Hoffmann A (2011) Phylogenetic signals and ecotoxicological responses: potential implications for aquatic biomonitoring. Ecotoxicology. 20(3), 595-606.

Coleman RA, Pettigrove V, Raadik TA, Miller AD, Hoffmann AA, Carew ME (2010) Microsatellite markers and mtDNA data indicate two distinct groups in dwarf galaxias, Galaxiella pusilla (Mack) (Pisces: Galaxiidae), a threatened freshwater fish from south-eastern Australia. Conservation Genetics, 11, 1911-1928.


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