Dr Adam Miller



Senior Lecturer in Aquatic Ecology and Biodiversity


Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


School of Life & Env. Sciences


Warrnambool Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2005
Bachelor of Science (Aquatic Science), Deakin University, 2000


+61 3 556 33171


I completed my PhD at Deakin University in 2006 under the supervision of Professor Chris Austin, followed by 6 years of employment as a postdoctoral research fellow with The University of Melbourne. Here I worked with Professor Ary Hoffmann’s CESAR group with my position having a primary focus on enhancing biological and ecological knowledge of key invertebrates pests in the Australian grains industry. I maintain a keen interest and involvement in the agricultural sciences, however my research interests are broad and involve the ecological genetics of Australian wildlife from terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems. Specifically, my research focuses on the application of genetic and genomic tools for improving the management of threatened, commercially important, and pest species. I have a particularly keen interest in the evolution and conservation of rare, threatened, and ecologically important species (i.e. foundation and keystone), where I routinely draw on genetic and genomic methods to assess evolutionary trajectories and help inform conservation management. I joined Deakin University in 2015 with my research position having a strong marine focus with several projects related to conservation and seascape genomics.

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Research interests

Ecological genetics and genomics

Molecular systematics

Wildlife and fisheries management

Conservation and restoration ecology

Pest control

Environmental adaptation


I maintain formal affiliations with the Pest & Environmental Adaptation Research Group within the School of Biosciences at The University of Melbourne, and the not-for-profit environmental conservation organisation Nature Glenelg Trust


Population genomics of blacklip abalone, Haliotis rubra- implications for fisheries management

Seascape genomics of habitat forming marine macrophytes in southern Austalia: implications for predicting the impacts of climate change on subtidal reef communities

Population genomics of mulloway, Argyrosomus japonicus

Landscape genomics of Victoria's alpine plant communities

Bring back the Banksia, save the sheoakes- guiding future restoration investments through smart genetic and ecological management

Taxonomy, phylogeography and conservation genetics of Victoria's brolga populations, Grus rubicunda

Taxonomy, phylogeography and ecology of the freshwater shrimp, Paratya australiensis, and impacts of storm water runoff on population dynamics in the Melbourne region.


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Spatial patterns of genetic diversity among Australian alpine flora communities revealed by comparative phylogenomics

N Bell, P Griffin, A Hoffmann, A Miller

(2018), Vol. 45, pp. 177-189, Journal of biogeography, Chichester, Eng., C1


Order within the chaos: insights into phylogenetic relationships within the Anomura (Crustacea: Decapoda) from mitochondrial sequences and gene order rearrangements

Mun Tan, Han Gan, Yin Lee, Stuart Linton, Frederic Grandjean, Marlise Bartholomei-Santos, Adam Miller, Christopher Austin

(2018), Vol. 127, pp. 320-331, Molecular phylogenetics and evolution, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Genetics of lineage diversification and the evolution of host usage in the economically important wheat curl mite, Aceria tosichella Keifer, 1969

Anna Skoracka, Luís Lopes, Maria Alves, Adam Miller, Mariusz Lewandowski, Wiktoria Szyd?o, Agnieszka Majer, El?bieta Ró?a?ska, Lechos?aw Kuczy?ski

(2018), Vol. 18, pp. 1-15, BMC evolutionary biology, London, Eng., C1


Genetic analyses reveal limited dispersal and recovery potential in the large freshwater crayfish Euastacus armatus from the southern Murray-Darling Basin

N Whiterod, S Zukowski, M Asmus, D Gilligan, A Miller

(2017), Vol. 68, pp. 213-225, Marine and freshwater research, Clayton, Vic., C1


New resource for population genetics studies on the Australasian intertidal brown alga, Hormosira banksii: isolation and characterization of 15 polymorphic microsatellite loci through next generation DNA sequencing

A Bellgrove, A van Rooyen, A Weeks, J Clark, M Doblin, A Miller

(2017), Vol. 29, pp. 1721-1727, Journal of applied phycology, Berlin, Germany, C1


Genetic and morphological analyses indicate that the Australian endemic scorpion Urodacus yaschenkoi (Scorpiones: Urodacidae) is a species complex

K Luna-Ramirez, A Miller, G Ra?i?

(2017), Vol. 5, pp. 1-21, PeerJ, san Diego, Calif., C1


iDNA at sea: recovery of whale shark (Rhincodon typus) mitochondrial DNA sequences from the whale shark copepod (Pandarus rhincodonicus) confirms global population structure

M Meekan, C Austin, M Tan, N Wei, A Miller, S Pierce, D Rowat, G Stevens, T Davies, A Ponzo, H Gan

(2017), Vol. 4, pp. 1-8, Frontiers in marine science, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1


Genetic analysis along an invasion pathway reveals endemic cryptic taxa, but a single species with little population structure in the introduced range

M Hill, A Hoffmann, P Umina, X Cheng, A Miller

(2016), Vol. 22, pp. 57-72, Diversity and distributions, Chichester, Eng., C1


Social structure and landscape genetics of the endemic New Caledonian ant Leptomyrmex pallens Emery, 1883 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Dolichoderinae), in the context of fire-induced rainforest fragmentation

M Berman, C Austin, C Burridge, A Miller

(2016), Vol. 17, pp. 931-947, Conservation genetics, Berlin, Germany, C1


Contrasting patterns of population connectivity between regions in a commercially important mollusc Haliotis rubra: integrating population genetics, genomics and marine LiDAR data

A Miller, A van Rooyen, G Ra?i?, D Ierodiaconou, H Gorfine, R Day, C Wong, A Hoffmann, A Weeks

(2016), Vol. 25, pp. 3845-3864, Molecular ecology, Chichester, Eng., C1


What are we missing about marine invasions? Filling in the gaps with evolutionary genomics

C Sherman, K Lotterhos, M Richardson, C Tepolt, L Rollins, S Palumbi, A Miller

(2016), Vol. 163, pp. 1-24, Marine biology, Berlin, Germany, C1


First comprehensive multi-tissue transcriptome of Cherax quadricarinatus (Decapoda: Parastacidae) reveals unexpected diversity of endogenous cellulase

M Tan, H Gan, H Gan, Y Lee, L Croft, M Schultz, A Miller, C Austin

(2016), Vol. 16, pp. 185-200, Organisms diversity and evolution, Berlin, Germany, C1-1


Drought survival strategies, dispersal potential and persistence of invertebrate species in an intermittent stream landscape

E Chester, A Miller, I Valenzuela, S Wickson, B Robson

(2015), Vol. 60, pp. 2066-2083, Freshwater biology, Chichester, Eng., C1


Comparative phylogeography of alpine invertebrates indicates deep lineage diversification and historical refugia in the Australian Alps

Y Endo, M Nash, A Hoffmann, R Slatyer, A Miller

(2015), Vol. 42, pp. 89-102, Journal of biogeography, Chcihester, Eng., C1-1


Population genetic structure of the Australian caddisfly Lectrides varians Mosely (Trichoptera: Leptoceridae) and the identification of cryptic species in south-eastern Australia

S Wickson, E Chester, I Valenzuela, B Halliday, R Lester, T Matthews, A Miller

(2014), Vol. 18, pp. 1037-1046, Journal of insect conservation, Berlin, Germany, C1


Potential new sources of wheat curl mite resistance in wheat to prevent the spread of yield-reducing pathogens

K Richardson, A Miller, A Hoffmann, P Larkin

(2014), Vol. 64, pp. 1-19, Experimental & applied acarology, Berlin, Germany, C1-1


Strong genetic structure corresponds to small-scale geographic breaks in the Australian alpine grasshopper Kosciuscola tristis

R Slatyer, M Nash, A Miller, Y Endo, K Umbers, A Hoffmann

(2014), Vol. 14, pp. 1-13, BMC evolutionary biology, London, Eng., C1-1


Critically low levels of genetic diversity in fragmented populations of the endangered Glenelg spiny freshwater crayfish Euastacus bispinosus

A Miller, O Sweeney, N Whiterod, A Van Rooyen, M Hammer, A Weeks

(2014), Vol. 25, pp. 43-55, Endangered species research, Oldendorf, Germany, C1-1


A single panmictic population of endemic red crabs, Gecarcoidea natalis, on Christmas Island with high levels of genetic diversity

A Weeks, M Smith, A van Rooyen, D Maple, A Miller

(2014), Vol. 15, pp. 909-919, Conservation genetics, Berlin, Germany, C1-1


Characterisation of the complete mitochondrial genome and 13 microsatellite loci through next-generation sequencing for the New Caledonian spider-ant Leptomyrmex pallens

M Berman, C Austin, A Miller

(2014), Vol. 41, pp. 1179-1187, Molecular biology reports, Berlin, Germany, C1-1


Ocean currents influence the genetic structure of an intertidal mollusc in southeastern Australia-implications for predicting the movement of passive dispersers across a marine biogeographic barrier

Adam Miller, Vincent Versace, Ty Matthews, Steven Montgomery, Kate Bowie

(2013), Vol. 3, pp. 1248-1261, Ecology and evolution, C1


Phylogenetic analyses reveal extensive cryptic speciation and host specialization in an economically important mite taxon

A Miller, A Skoracka, D Navia, D Santos, W Szydlo, M Schultz, C Smith, G Truol, A Hoffmann

(2013), Vol. 66, pp. 928-940, Molecular phylogenetics and evolution, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


The development of 10 novel polymorphic microsatellite markers through next generation sequencing and a preliminary population genetic analysis for the endangered Glenelg spiny crayfish, Euastacus bispinosus

A Miller, A Van Rooyen, O Sweeney, N Whiterod, A Weeks

(2013), Vol. 40, pp. 4415-4419, Molecular biology reports, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Evidence of cryptic genetic lineages within Aedes notoscriptus (Skuse)

N Endersby, V White, J Chan, T Hurst, G Ra?i?, A Miller, A Hoffmann

(2013), Vol. 18, pp. 191-201, Infection, genetics and evolution, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


A species in decline: genetic diversity and conservation of the Victorian eastern barred bandicoot, Perameles gunnii

A Weeks, A van Rooyen, P Mitrovski, D Heinze, A Winnard, A Miller

(2013), Vol. 14, pp. 1243-1254, Conservation genetics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


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

A Miller, R Good, R Coleman, M Lancaster, A Weeks

(2013), Vol. 40, pp. 35-42, Molecular biology reports, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


The development of 20 microsatellite loci for the Australian marine mollusk, Donax deltoides, through next generation DNA sequencing

Adam Miller, Vincent Versace, Ty Matthews, Kate Bowie

(2012), Vol. 4, pp. 257-260, Conservation genetics resources, C1


Population genetics of the wheat curl mite (Aceria tosichella Keifer) in Australia: Implications for the management of wheat pathogens

A Miller, P Umina, A Weeks, A Hoffmann

(2012), Vol. 102, pp. 199-212, Bulletin of entomological research, Cambridge, England, C1


The development of 24 polymorphic microsatellite loci for the endangered barred galaxias, Galaxias fuscus, through next generation DNA sequencing

A Miller, A van Rooyen, R Ayres, T Raadik, P Fairbrother, A Weeks

(2012), Vol. 4, pp. 613-616, Conservation genetics resources, Berlin, Germany, C1-1


Universal primers for fluorescent labelling of PCR fragments- an efficient and cost-effective approach to genotyping by fluorescence

M Blacket, C Robin, R Good, S Lee, A Miller

(2012), Vol. 12, pp. 456-463, Molecular ecology resources, Chichester, Eng., C1-1


Phylogenetic signals and ecotoxicological responses: potential implications for aquatic biomonitoring

M Carew, A Miller, A Hoffmann

(2011), Vol. 20, pp. 595-606, Ecotoxicology, New York, N.Y., C1-1


Genetic markers indicate a new species complex of emerging pest mites in Australian grains

A Arthur, A Miller, A Weeks

(2011), Vol. 104, pp. 402-415, Annals of the Entomological Society of America, New York, N.Y., C1-1


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

R Coleman, V Pettigrove, T Raadik, A Hoffmann, A Miller, M Carew

(2010), Vol. 11, pp. 1911-1928, Conservation genetics, Dodrecht, The Netherlands, C1-1


The distribution of wheat curl mite (Aceria tosichella) lineages in Australia and their potential to transmit wheat streak mosaic virus

M Schiffer, P Umina, M Carew, A Hoffmann, B Rodoni, A Miller

(2009), Vol. 155, pp. 371-379, Annals of applied biology, Chichester, Eng., C1-1


The complete mitochondrial genome of the mantid shrimp Harpiosquilla harpax, and a phylogenetic investigation of the Decapoda using mitochondrial sequences

A Miller, C Austin

(2006), Vol. 38, pp. 565-574, Molecular phylogenetics and evolution, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Complete mitochondrial DNA sequences of the decapod crustaceans pseudocarcinus gigas (Menippidae) and macrobrachium rosenbergii (Palaemonidae)

A Miller, N Murphy, C Burridge, C Austin

(2005), Vol. 7, pp. 339-349, Marine biotechnology, New York, N.Y., C1


Complete mitochondrial DNA sequence of the Australian freshwater crayfish, Cherax destructor (Crustacea: Decapoda: Parastacidae): a novel gene order revealed

A Miller, T Nguyen, C Burridge, C Austin

(2004), Vol. 331, pp. 65-72, Gene, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1


Mitochondrial 12S rRNA sequences support the existence of a third species of freshwater blackfish (Percicthyidae: Gadopsis) from south-eastern Australia

A Miller, G Waggy, S Ryan, C Austin

(2004), Vol. 61, pp. 121-127, Memoirs of Museum Victoria, Melbourne, Vic., C1


Allozyme variation and taxonomy of the river blackfish, Gadopsis marmoratus Richardson, in western Victoria

S Ryan, A Miller, C Austin

(2004), Vol. 116, pp. 191-199, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Genetic characterisation of Fitzroy River spiny crayfish population

Dr Adam Miller

  • 2016: $12,000

Genetic characterisation of restored Banksia marginata populations on the Victorian Volcanic Plains

Dr Adam Miller

  • 2017: $6,000

Development of nuclear microsatellite markers for the Silver Banksia, Banksia marginata through next generation sequencing

Dr Adam Miller

  • 2017: $4,000

Environmental DNA (eDNA) surveys for the Northern Pacific seastar at Tidal River and surrounding areas.

Dr Craig Sherman, Dr Adam Miller

  • 2018: $14,020

Industry and Other Funding

Seascape genetics of a keystone marine species in south-eastern Australia: implications for predicting the impacts of climate change on subtidal reef communities

Dr Adam Miller

  • 2015: $5,000

Population genetic analysis of remnant Banksia stands from the Mount Alexander Region

Dr Adam Miller

  • 2018: $14,000


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