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


Dr Adam Miller is an ecological geneticist affiliated with the Centre for Integrative Ecology at Deakin University. He completed a PhD at Deakin University in 2006, worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at The University of Melbourne from 2008-2015, and returned to Deakin University as a senior lecturer in 2016. His research program focuses on the application of genetic tools for improving the management of threatened, commercially important, and pest species. He has a particularly keen interest in environmental stress and adaptation research, drawing on genetic and quantitative experimental methods to assess species evolutionary trajectories, vulnerabilities to environmental change, and management strategies that enhance biodiversity outcomes in changing environments. Dr Miller works on a variety of terrestrial, aquatic and alpine model systems to address fundamental questions relating to species biology, ecology and evolution, and collaborates closely with industry and government agencies on research programs with tangible outcomes.

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Research interests

Ecological genetics and genomics

Environmental stress and adaptation

Wildlife and fisheries management

Conservation and restoration ecology

Pest control

Molecular systematics


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


Selected 2019 projects

Understand the spatial scales of selection and drivers of local adaptation in abalone fisheries

Population genomic assessment of Australian blacklip abalone for abalone viral ganglioneuritis (AVG) resistance

Using genetic data and niche suitability models to assess the vulnerability threatened flora communities in south-eastern Australia

Assessing the climate resilience of a marine ecosystem engineer, Hormosira banksii in a climate change hotspot

Optimal management of overabundant sea urchins in Victoria

The development of environmental DNA (eDNA) protocols for monitoring Great White Shark populations in coastal waters of New South Wales


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Using species distribution models to assess the long-term impacts of changing oceanographic conditions on abalone density in south east Australia

M Young, E Treml, J Beher, M Fredle, H Gorfine, A Miller, S Swearer, D Ierodiaconou

(2020), pp. 1-13, Ecography, Chichester, Eng., C1


Genetic data and climate niche suitability models highlight the vulnerability of a functionally important plant species from south-eastern Australia

A Miller, C Nitschke, A Weeks, W Weatherly, S Heyes, S Sinclair, O Holland, A Stevenson, L Broadhurst, S Hoebee, C Sherman, J Morgan

(2020), pp. 1-16, Evolutionary Applications, Hoboken, N.J., C1


De Novo assembly and characterisation of the greentail prawn (Metapenaeus bennettae) hepatopancreas transcriptome - identification of stress response and detoxification transcripts

Emily Armstrong, Adam Miller, Julie Mondon, Paul Greenfield, Sarah Stephenson, Mun Tan, Han Gan, Sharon Hook

(2019), Vol. 47, pp. 1-10, Marine genomics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Microsatellite loci and the complete mitochondrial DNA sequence characterised through next-generation sequencing and de novo genome assembly, and a preliminary assessment of population genetic structure for the Australian crane, Antigone rubicunda

A Miller, I Veltheim, T Nevard, H Gan, M Haase

(2019), Vol. 12, pp. 49-58, Avian biology research, London, Eng., C1


Local and regional scale habitat heterogeneity contribute to genetic adaptation in a commercially important marine mollusc (Haliotis rubra) from southeastern Australia

Adam Miller, Ary Hoffmann, Mun Tan, Mary Young, Collin Ahrens, Michael Cocomazzo, Alex Rattray, Daniel Ierodiaconou, Eric Treml, Craig Sherman

(2019), Vol. 28, pp. 3053-3072, Molecular ecology, Chichester, Eng., C1


Comparative mitogenomics of the Decapoda reveals evolutionary heterogeneity in architecture and composition

M Tan, H Gan, Y Lee, H Bracken-Grissom, T Chan, A Miller, C Austin

(2019), Vol. 9, Scientific reports, London, Eng., C1


Best foot forward: Nanopore long reads, hybrid meta-assembly, and haplotig purging optimizes the first genome assembly for the Southern Hemisphere Blacklip Abalone (Haliotis rubra)

Han Gan, Mun Tan, Christopher Austin, Craig Sherman, Yen Wong, Jan Strugnell, Mark Gervis, Luke McPherson, Adam Miller

(2019), Vol. 10, pp. 1-7, Frontiers in Genetics, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1


How well do revegetation plantings capture genetic diversity?

R Jordan, M Breed, S Prober, A Miller, A Hoffmann

(2019), Vol. 15, pp. 1-10, Biology letters, London, Eng., C1


Local thermal adaptation and limited gene flow constrain future climate responses of a marine ecosystem engineer

Adam Miller, Melinda Coleman, Jennifer Clark, Rachael Cook, Zuraya Naga, Martina Doblin, Ary Hoffmann, Craig Sherman, Alecia Bellgrove

(2019), pp. 1-17, Evolutionary applications, Chichester, Eng., C1


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, Lus Lopes, Maria Alves, Adam Miller, Mariusz Lewandowski, Wiktoria Szyd?o, Agnieszka Majer, El?bieta R?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

A Miller, V Versace, T Matthews, S Montgomery, K 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

A Miller, V Versace, T Matthews, K 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, 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, 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

Australian Competitive Grants

Population genomic assessment of Australian backlip abalone for abalone viral ganglioneuritis (AVG) resistance.

Dr Adam Miller, A/Prof Craig Sherman, Dr Larry Croft

FRDC Grant - Research - Fisheries Research & Development Corporation

  • 2020: $44,769
  • 2019: $97,000

Understanding the stock structure of rock flathead and the role of movement dynamics in influencing the performance of the Corner Inlet fishery.

Dr Justin Rizzari, Dr Adam Miller

FRDC Grant - Research - Fisheries Research & Development Corporation

  • 2020: $48,465

Other Public Sector Funding

Genetic characterisation of Fitzroy River spiny crayfish population

Dr Adam Miller

  • 2016: $12,000

The development of environmental DNA (eDNA) protocols for monitoring White Shark populations in New South Wales coastal waters

Dr Adam Miller, Mr Paul Butcher, Mr Andrew Weeks, A/Prof Craig Sherman

  • 2019: $45,370

Early detection and monitoring of Undaria pinnatifida in Victorian coastal waters using environmental DNA technologies.

Dr Adam Miller, A/Prof Craig Sherman, Dr Eric Treml

  • 2019: $21,874

National Marine Pest Reference Sequencing Project.

A/Prof Craig Sherman, Dr Adam Miller, Dr Han Ming Gan

  • 2020: $15,218
  • 2019: $18,181

Optimal Management of Overabundant Sea Urchins in Victoria.

Dr Paul Carnell, A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, Dr Eric Treml, A/Prof Craig Sherman, Dr Adam Miller, Dr Mary Young, A/Prof Peter Macreadie

  • 2020: $97,500
  • 2019: $70,000

A trial of the use of environmental DNA (eDNA) to identify distributional hot-spots for Mako shark in Victoria.

A/Prof Craig Sherman, Dr Adam Miller

  • 2020: $24,800

Industry and Other Funding

Patterns of interaction between habitat and oceanographic variable affecting the connectivitity and productivity of invertebrate fish

A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, Dr Mary Young, A/Prof Craig Sherman, Dr Adam Miller

  • 2017: $35,000
  • 2016: $110,000
  • 2015: $50,000

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

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

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

Dr Adam Miller

  • 2018: $14,000

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

A/Prof Craig Sherman, Dr Adam Miller

  • 2018: $14,020

The development of environmental DNA (eDNA) protocols for monitoring Great White Shark populations in coastal waters of New South Wales.

A/Prof Craig Sherman, Dr Adam Miller

  • 2019: $100,000

Determining the spatial extent of gene flow in Banksia marginata remnants.

Dr Adam Miller

  • 2019: $5,281

Testing for 'climate-ready' seed sources for Silver Banksia, Banksia marginata.

Dr Adam Miller

  • 2020: $4,250


Associate Supervisor

Mun Hua Tan

Thesis entitled: Comparative Mitogenomics and Phylogenetics of Decapod Crustaceans

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences