My dissertation research involves examining how non-indigenous species alter host-parasite dynamics during biological invasions. Specifically, I am examining how an introduced southern Florida population of Burmese pythons may affect parasite assemblages of native snakes through parasite spillover and spillback. I am also interested in how novel parasites affect parasite community structure within native hosts and the role that landscape disturbance plays on host-parasite relationships of native and non-indigenous species.
331 Funchess Hall
Department of Biological Sciences
Auburn University, AL 36849
• PhD Auburn University (2012- present)
Co-advisors: Craig Guyer & Christina Romagosa (UF)
• MS Sam Houston State University (2009)
• BS Northern Kentucky University (2005)
Invasion ecology, herpetology, community ecology
Gitzen, R.A., B.J. Keller, M.A. Miller, S.M. Goetz, D. Steen, D. S. Jachowski, J. Godwin, and J.J. Millspaugh. 2015. Effective and Purposeful Monitoring of Species Reintroductions. In Jachowski, D.S, J.J. Millspaugh, P.L. Angermeier, and R. Slotow, Eds, Reintroduction of Fish and Wildlife Populations. (In press)
Miller, M.A. and W.I. Lutterschmidt. 2014. Cutaneous Water Loss and Epidermal Lipids in Two Sympatric and Congeneric Pitvipers. Journal of Herpetology, 48(4), 577-583.
Dorcas, M.E., J.D. Willson. R.N. Reed., Snow, R.W., Rochford, M.R., Miller, M.A., Meshaka Jr., W.E., Andreadis, P.T., Mazzotti, F. J., Romagosa, C. M., and K.M. Hart. 2012. Severe mammal declines coincide with python proliferation in Everglades National Park. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 109:7 2418 -2422 (cover article)
Ray, J.M., A.M. Hein., A. Gonzalez, S.M Goetz, and M.A. Miller. 2011. Imantodes cenchoa (Brown Blunt-Nosed Vine Snake). DIET. Herpetol. Rev. 42:2 100
Ray, J.M., A.M. Hein., A. Gonzalez, S.M Goetz, and M.A. Miller. 2011. Imantodes cenchoa (Brown Blunt-Nosed Vine Snake). MAXIMUM SIZE. Herpetol. Rev. 42:3 614-615