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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).

Recent publications

  • Mateus, M; Fernandes, JA; Revilla, M; Ferrer, L; Villarreal, MR; Miller, PI; Schmidt, W; Maguire, J; Silva, A; Pinto, L. 2019 Early Warning Systems for Shellfish Safety: The Pivotal Role of Computational Science. Springer Nature, 11539. 361-375.
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  • Trevail, AM; Green, JA; Sharples, J; Polton, JA; Miller, PI; Daunt, F; Owen, E; Bolton, M; Colhoun, K; Newton, S; Robertson, G; Patrick, SC. 2019 Environmental heterogeneity decreases reproductive success via effects on foraging behaviour. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 286 (1904). 20190795.
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  • Suberg, LA; Miller, PI; Wynn, RB. 2019 On the use of satellite-derived frontal metrics in time series analyses of shelf-sea fronts, a study of the Celtic Sea. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers.
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  • Miller, PI; Loveday, BR. 2017 Revealing the timing of ocean stratification using remotely sensed ocean fronts. [Lecture] In: SPIE Remote Sensing, Warsaw, Poland, 2017. Proceedings Volume 10422, Remote Sensing of the Ocean, Sea Ice, Coastal Waters, and Large Water Regions 2017, SPIE, 21.
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  • Kurekin, A; Loveday, BR; Clements, O; Quartly, GD; Miller, PI; Wiafe, G; Agyekum, KA. 2019 Operational Monitoring of Illegal Fishing in Ghana through Exploitation of Satellite Earth Observation and AIS Data. [in special issue: Remote Sensing of Target Detection in Marine Environment] Remote Sensing, 11 (2). 28, pp.
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  • Hoover, AL; Liang, D; Alfaro-Shigueto, J; Mangel, J; Miller, PI; Morreale, S; Bailey, H; Shillinger, GL. 2019 Predicting residence time using a continuous‐time discrete‐space model of leatherback turtle satellite telemetry data. Ecosphere, 10 (3).
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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)