Melissa Miller

Ph.D. candidate

Research

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.

Contact

331 Funchess Hall
Department of Biological Sciences
Auburn University, AL 36849
melissamiller@auburn.edu

Education

• PhD Auburn University (2012- present)
Co-advisors: Craig Guyer & Christina Romagosa (UF)
• MS Sam Houston State University (2009)
• BS Northern Kentucky University (2005)

Research Interests

Invasion ecology, herpetology, community ecology

Publications

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 PNAS cover photo2418 -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