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Education

Portland State University PhD: in progressEarth, Environment & Society  Graduation date 2022

CSU Channel Islands BS: Environmental Science & Resource Management, Minor: Biology 2016

Southern California Marine Institute: AAUS Scientific Diver 2016

Santa Rosa Island Field School 2015

 

Military Affiliation:

United States Marine Corps Honorable Discharge 2001

 

Honors & Awards

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship 2018

Impacts of Microplastics: Effects on near shore food chain

Ed & Olive Bushby Scholarship $2000   2018

Impacts of Microplastics: Effects on near shore food chain

Ed & Olive Bushby Scholarship $2000   2017

Impacts of Microplastics: Effects on near shore food chain

Student Education & Travel Award $500 2017

Pervasive Microplastics in the Sandy Beach Ecosystem

Water Resources Experiential Learning USDA Careers Award $5000   2016

 

Publications

D.A. Horn, M.R. Miller,  S. Anderson, C.L. Steele  Microplastics are ubiquitous on California beaches and enter the coastal food web through consumption by Pacific mole crabs. Marine Pollution Bulletin (In review)

M.R. Miller, D.A. Horn, C.L. Steele, S. Anderson, C.Hanna. Ventura County Marine Debris Trends: 30 Years of Change on Mainland and Channel Island Beaches.  Western North American Naturalist Volume 78, Number 4 (2018) – Issue in Progress

 

 

Research & Professional Experience

Portland State University, School of the Environment September 2017 to June 2018

Graduate Teaching Assistant 

  • Environmental Physics Lab
  • Environmental Biogeochemistry Lab
  • Watershed Hydrology

US Fish & Wildlife Service January 2017 to July 2017

Park Ranger, Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex

  • Developed and presented a variety of interpretive programs
  • Prepared and conducted on-and off-site environmental education programs for a variety of audiences
  • Assisted with recruitment and training of candidates for a volunteer program and developed work projects and schedules for visitor services
  • Assisted with the management of wildlife-dependent recreation opportunities such as hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, wildlife photography
  • Drafted a variety of written materials including news releases, articles, correspondence, and event flyers to explain the goals and objectives of the refuge and its practices

UC Santa Barbara September 2016 to December 2016 Lab Assistant 3

  • Field and laboratory support for long term study in wetland ecology under the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station mitigation project
  • Conducted physical and biological surveys of coastal wetlands including fish seining, identification, measurements and quantification of multiple species.
  • Ability to identify multiple species of Gobies
  • Processed samples in the laboratory for soil salinity, organic matter, identification of Invertebrate recruits, Infaunal species under the microscope
  • Identification, behavioral and quantifying of marsh bird and plant species
  • Assisted in data entry, quality assurance and quality control

Coastal Access Improvement: UCLA/SFSU 2016  Team Lead

  • Organized and scheduled survey team to cover 8 locations for intercept surveys
  • Provided weekly reports to Principal Investigator
  • Intercept Surveys: Ventura, Los Angles and Orange County Beach goers

Pervasive Microplastics in the Sandy Beach Ecosystem: funded by USDA Water Resources Experiential Learning for USDA Careers 2016

  • Field collection of sand and water samples, conducted laboratory controls and reports
  • Plastics Identification by filtration and polarization under the microscope
  • Measure and quantify abundance in sand and water samples
  • Quantification of outfall discharge of plastics into river systems
  • Report and enter data for project
  • Created report for USDA water resources department using GIS

Microplastics in the Sandy Beach Ecosystem (Senior Undergraduate Capstone) 2016

  • Created field stakes for survey, used GPS for continued surveys
  • Invertebrate ingestion of plastics data recording and reporting
  • Using GIS to create a map of all locations and abundance

CSU Channel Islands February 2015 to August 2016 GIS Analyst

  • Using ArcGIS to georectify and georeference historic aerial photographs of the Channel Islands to complete the digital and historical database of the National park owned islands
  • Train with CHIS National Park GIS specialists for methodology and adherence to quality control

Cook Island Tropical Research 2015

  • Coral reef surveys of abundance and identification of coral, invertebrate and tropical fish species
  • Lagoon surveys of invertebrate abundance, identification, location and water quality
  • Sandy Beach surveys of invertebrate abundance, identification, location and marine debris quantification
  • Cultural surveys of lagoon use in fishing. Exposure of the populations

to the disease of ciguatera. Calculations of instance and origination

Santa Rosa Island Field School 2015

  • Invasive species management: brush cutting, mechanical and manual removal of invasive species, created reports for future management
  • Vegetation survey and monitoring: plant identification, transect surveys, stake implantation for future surveys, created reports for future surveys
  • Sandy Beach survey and monitoring:
  • Island Oak restoration project:
  • Intertidal survey and monitoring:
  • Pollinator surveys: use of manual collection in the field of pollinators,

 

 

Ormond Beach Nest Monitoring March 2015 to July 2016

Field Assistant to Cynthia Hartley

  • Observe flocks of Snowy Plovers and California Least Terns
  • Observe and record all active nests using GPS

 

Presentations & Posters

 

Presentations:

Cape Perpetua Reserve Center December 2018

  • Invited talk on Pervasive Plastics on the Oregon coast

Western Society of Naturalists November 2018

  • Impacts of microplastic fibers on Pacific mole crab (Emerita analoga) development and mortality

SETAC – North America November 2018

  • Impacts of microplastic fibers on Pacific mole crab (Emerita analoga) development and mortality

Ocean Sciences Meeting February 2018

  • Impacts of Microplastics: Effects on near shore food chain

Surfrider Portland Chapter October 2017

  • Invited talk on Pervasive Plastics on the Oregon coast

Cabrillo National Monument, National Park Service April 2017

  • Invitedtalk on Pervasive Plastics

Western Society of Naturalists November 2016

  • Talk on Pervasive Plastics: New Challenge for Crabs and Sandy Beach Ecosystems

California Channel Islands Symposium October 2016

  • Talk on Pervasive Plastics: Pollutants in our Sandy Beach Ecosystem

Southern California Academy of Sciences Presentation May 2016

  • Pervasive plastics in sand crabs
  • Awarded Best Student Presentation

 

Posters:

 

International Marine Debris Conference 2018

  • Impacts of Microplastic: Effects on near shore food webs

State of the Coast November 2017

  • Impacts of Microplastic: Effects on near shore food webs
  • Awarded People’s Choice Poster

SAGE Undergraduate Research Conference May 2016

  • Poster presentation on Pervasive Plastics in Sand crabs

Ventura Audubon Presentation March 2016

  • Poster presentation: Pollutants in Our Sandy Beach Ecosystem
  • Community presentation on Microplastics in our Sandy Beach Ecosystem

CSU Chancellor’s Conference March 2016

  • Poster presentation Pollutants in our Sandy Beach Ecosystem

Ventura County Surfrider February 2016

  • Presentation on Pervasive Plastics in Sand crabs

Western Society of Naturalists November 2015

  • Poster presentation on Pervasive Plastics in Sand crabs