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Arnold I Miller

Title: Professor Emeritus of Geology
Office: 609 Geology-Physics Building
Tel: 513-556-4022
Email: millerai@ucmail.uc.edu

An evolutionary paleobiologist and paleoecologist, with research and teaching interests in biodiversity throughout geological time and in the present day. Current projects include the investigation of geographic and environmental selectivity during global mass extinctions and major diversification events; assessment of anthropogenic impacts on shallow-water molluscan communities as recorded in skeletal accumulations; numerical modeling of time-averaged fossil assemblages; and assessments of the distributions of animals and plants along present and past environmental gradients. 


  • B.S., University of Rochester, 1978 (Biology-Geology).
  • M.S., Virginia Tech, 1981 (Geology).
  • Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1986 (Geophysical Sciences).

Research Information

Research Interests

I investigate changes in global biodiversity through geologic time, including intervals when biodiversity dramatically decreased (mass extinctions) or increased (radiations).  I also work on: analyses of shell accumulations on present-day seafloors to help diagnose anthropogenic changes in coastal environments; the numerical modeling of the formation of fossil assemblages; and distributions of ancient communities along environmental gradients.  Recently, I have worked with colleagues in Biology on plant diversity and abundance along a present-day urban-to-wildland gradient; and with my departmental colleague, Yurena Yanes, on Pleistocene and present-day land-snails in the Canary Islands.

Recent and current students:

--Austin Hendy (Ph.D. 2007) worked on the Cenozoic record of biodiversity in New Zealand and elsewhere, which he used as a testing ground for the investigation of Cenozoic diversification at regional through global scales.
--Kate Bulinski (Ph.D. 2008) investigated quantitative properties of samples collected in the type Cincinnatian (e.g., evenness and the aggregate contributions of rare taxa), and how these properties affect the composite-diversity patterns observed at broader regional levels.
--Devin Buick (Ph.D. 2009) dissected the relationship between morphological variation, paleobiogeography, and diversification in the prolific Mesozoic-Cenozoic bivalve Cucullaea; he pioneered methods for analyzing and visualizing morphological variation.
--Chad Ferguson (Ph.D. 2009) used the subfossil record at a study area in Florida Bay to diagnose the stratigraphic preservability of anthropogenic environmental changes.
 --Jacalyn Wittmer (M.S. 2009) investigated the global paleobiogeography and regional paleoecology of tentaculitoids, a prolific, but enigmatic early to mid Paleozoic group.  
--Anne Lagomarcino (M.S. 2011) studied species-area relationships among Cretaceous biotas worldwide, with a special emphasis on differences between epicontinental seas and open-ocean facing settings.  
--Sarah Kolbe (Ph.D. 2012) investigated regional, present-day variations in the distributions and abundances of plant species along an urban-to-wildland gradient in southwestern Ohio and their relationships to anthropogenic effects.   
--Andrew Zaffos (Ph.D. 2014) calibrated the relationship between biotic turnover and the structure of faunal gradients at multiple scales in space and time, including the Middle Devonian of the Appalachian Basin and the Cenozoic global latitudinal diversity gradient.
--Kelsey Feser (Ph.D. 2015) diagnosed the impact of recent environmental changes on living and subfossil molluscan assemblages in seagrass beds at several localities arrayed around the island of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.
--Gary Motz (Ph.D. in progress) is studying the role of escalation in directly mediating major increases observed in taxonomic diversity among venerid bivalves throughout the Cenozoic, with a focus on the Miocene.
--Elizabeth Bullard (M.S. 2016; co-advised by Yurena Yanes) investigated Pleistocene land-snail assemblage preserved in Tenerife (Canary Islands), and whether compositional differences from present-day assemblages on the island relate to regional and global climatic changes.
--Alex Wall (M.S. 2016; co-advised by Yurena Yanes) calibrated and studied the causes of  intra- and inter-island variations in the compositions of present-day land snail assemblages contained in the "coastal scrub" biome throughout the Canary Islands.

Research Support

  • (PI), Miller, Arnold, Epicontinental Seas Versus Shallow Ocean-Facing Settings: Mass Extinction and Diversification in Two Different Worlds?, National Aeronautics and Space Administration. (NNX10AQ44G), $557,306.00. 08-04-2010 to 08-03-2015. Status: Active.
  • Epicontinental seas versus shallow ocean-facing settings: Extinction and diversification in two different worlds? (Collaborative Research with M. Foote), NASA Program in Exobiology. 2010 to 2015.
  • Ordovician-Silurian marine diversification events in South China (Co-investigator with Fan Junxuan, Chen Xu, and Huang Bing), National Natural Science Foundation of China. 2008 to 2010.
  • (Collaborator), Culley, Theresa; Hinkel, Kenneth; Lentz, David; Miller, Arnold; Uetz, George, Strategic Planning for the Cincinnati Center for Field Studies, National Science Foundation. (DBI-0729754), $26,343.00. 10-01-2007 to 09-30-2010. Status: Closed.
  • (PI), Miller, Arnold, Phanerozoic Biodiversity: Geography and Environment, National Aeronautics and Space Administration. (NAG5013426/3 NCE), $200,423.00. 07-01-2003 to 12-31-2007. Status: Closed.
  • Phanerozoic global biodiversity: geography and environment, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Program in Exobiology. 2003 to 2007.
  • (PI), Miller, Arnold, The Co-Evolution of Biodiversity and the Environment through Geologic Time, National Science Foundation. (144408-04), $215,459.00. 09-01-2000 to 08-31-2006. Status: Closed.
  • (PI), Miller, Arnold, Paleozoic Global Biodiversity: The Link between Physical Transitions and Biotic Turnover, National Aeronautics and Space Administration. (NAG5-9418/3), $149,748.00. 07-01-2000 to 06-30-2003. Status: Closed.
  • Paleozoic global diversity: the link between physical transitions and biotic turnover, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Program in Exobiology. 2000 to 2003.
  • Biocomplexity: The co-evolution of biodiversity and the environment through geologic time (Collaborative research with C. Marshall, J. Alroy, J. Hayes, and D. Rothman), National Science Foundation, Program in Biocomplexity. 2000 to 2006.
  • (PI), Miller, Arnold, Ordovician Biodiversity: Geography and Environment, National Aeronautics and Space Administration. (NAG5-6946/02), $100,000.00. 09-01-1998 to 06-30-2000. Status: Closed.
  • High-resolution event stratigraphy of the Kope-Corryville sequence in the type Cincinnatian (Collaborative research with D. Meyer and S. Holland), National Science Foundation. 1992 to 1995.
  • Ordovician biodiversity: geography and environment, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Program in Exobiology. 1992 to 2000.
  • Spatial resolution and variability in accumulating molluscan remains along an onshore-offshore transect, Key Largo, Florida, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, National Undersea Research Program. 1991 to 1992.
  • Spatial resolution and taphonomic gradients in accumulating molluscan remains, Salt River, St. Croix, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, National Undersea Research Program. 1989 to 1990.
  • Impact of a major storm on subfossil molluscan assemblages, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, National Science Foundation. 1989 to 1990.
  • Spatial resolution and gradients in Upper Ordovician fossil assemblages of the Cincinnati area, The Petroleum Research Fund (American Chemical Society). 1988 to 1990.


Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Arkle, K.M. and Miller, A.I.  2018. Evidence for stratigraphy in molluscan death assemblages preserved in seagrass beds: St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.  Paleobiology 44: 155-170.
  • Wall, A.F, Yanes, Y., Miller, J.H., and Miller, A.I.  2018.  Bellwether of the Canaries: anthropogenic effects on the land snail fauna of the Canary Islands.  Biodiversity and Conservation 27: 395-415.
  • Bullard, E.M. , Yanes, Y., and Miller, A.I.  2017.  Compositional variability of Pleistocene land snail assemblages in a cinder cone volcano in Tenerife.  Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 471: 196-208.
  • Foote, M., and Miller, A.I. 2017.  David M. Raup, 1933-2015.  Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences, 17 pp.
  • Lamkin, M. K., and Miller, A.I.  2016.   On the challenge of comparing contemporary and deep-time biological-extinction rates.  BioScience 66: 785-789.
  • Foote, M, Ritterbush, K, and Miller, A.I. 2016.  Geographic ranges of genera and their constituent species: structure, evolutionary dynamics, and extinction resistance.  Paleobiology 42: 269-288.
  • Kolbe, S. E., Miller A.I., Cameron, G.N., and Culley, T.M.  2016.   Effects of natural and anthropogenic environmental influences on tree community composition and structure in forests along an Urban-Wildland gradient in southwestern Ohio. Urban Ecosystems 19: 915-938.
  • Culley, T.M., Cameron, G.C., Kolbe, S.E., and Miller, A.I.  2016. Association of non-native Lonicera maackii (Amur honeysuckle) with other invasive plant species in eastern deciduous forests in southwestern Ohio. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 143: 398-414.
  • Cameron, G. N., Culley, T.M., Kolbe, S.E.,  Miller, A.I., and Matter, S.F. 2016. Relationships between an invasive shrub, Lonicera maackii (Rupr.) Herder (Amur honeysuckle) and environmental factors on recruitment of sugar maple trees, Acer saccharum Marshall, in Southwestern Ohio. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 143: 386-397.
  • Foote, M. and Miller, A.I.  2016. The contributions of David Malcolm Raup (24 April 1933 - 9 July 2015).  Paleobiology 42: 172-183.
  • Kolbe, S.E., Miller,, A.I., Townsend-Small, A., Cameron, G.N., and Culley, T.M.  2016.  Impact of land-use history and forest trees on soil organic carbon and nitrogen stocks.  Soil Science Society of America Journal 80: 1089-1097.
  • Zaffos, A.A. and Miller, A.I.  2015.  Cenozoic latitudinal response curves: individualistic changes in the latitudinal distributions of marine bivalves and gastropods.  Paleobiology 41: 33-44.
  • Cameron G.N., Culley, T.M., Kolbe, S.E., Miller, A.I., and Matter, S.F. 2015.  Effects of urbanization on herbaceous forest vegetation: the relative impacts of soil, geography, forest composition, human access, and an invasive shrub.  Urban Ecosystems 18: 1051-1069.   DOI 10.1007/s11252-015-0472-6
  • Kolbe S.E., Townsend-Small, A., Miller. A.I., Culley. T.M., and Cameron. G.N.  2015.  Effect of Lonicera maackii on soil carbon and nitrogen in Southwestern Ohio forests.  Invasive Plant Science and Management 8: 375-384. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1614/IPSM-D-15-00010.1
  • Wu, S.,Y. and Miller, A.I. 2014. The shortest distance between two points isn’t always a great circle: getting around land masses in the calibration of marine geodisparity.  Paleobiology 40:428-439.
  • Feser, K.M. and Miller, A.I. 2014.  Temporal dynamics of shallow seagrass-associated molluscan assemblages in St. Croix, USVI: Towards the calibration of taphonomic inertia.  Palaios 29:218-230.
  • Fan, J., Chen, Q., Hou, X., Miller, A.I., Melchin, M., Shen, S., Wu, S., Goldman, D., Mitchell, C.E., Yang, Q., Zhang, Y., Zhan, R., Wang, J., Leng, Q., Zhang, H. and Zhang, L.  2013.  Geobiodiversity Database: a comprehensive section-based integration of stratigraphic and paleontological data.  Newsletters on Stratigraphy 46: 111-136.
  • Foote, M. and Miller, A.I.  2013.  Determinants of early survival in marine animal genera.  Paleobiology 39:171-192. 
  • Lagomarcino, A.J. and Miller, A.I. 2012. The relationship between genus richness and geographic area in Late Cretaceous marine biotas: Epicontinental sea versus open-ocean-facing settings. PLoS One 7: e40472. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0040472[Link]
  • Zambito, J. J. IV, Brett, C.E., Baird, G.C, Kolbe, S.E., and Miller, A.I. 2012.  New perspectives on transitions between ecological-evolutionary subunits in the “type interval” for Coordinated Stasis.  Paleobiology 38: 664-681.
  • Feser, K.M., Miller, A.I., and Ferguson, C.H.  2012.  Sieve-size overprint on experimental results: A correction to Ferguson and Miller (2007).  Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 358-360: 109-111.
  • Wittmer, J. and Miller, A.I.  2011.  Dissecting the global diversity trajectory of an enigmatic group: The paleogeographic history of tentaculitoids.  Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeogeography, v. 312, p. 54-65. 
  • Anderson, B.M., Pisani, D., Miller, A.I., and Peterson, K.J.  2011.  The environmental affinities of marine higher taxa and possible biases in their first appearances in the fossil record.  Geology, v. 39, p. 971-974.
  • Miller, A.I. and Foote, M., 2009, Epicontinental seas versus open-ocean settings: The kinetics of mass extinction and origination: Science, v. 326, p. 1106-1109.[Link]
  • Miller, A.I., Aberhan, M.J., Buick, D.P., Bulinski, K.V., Ferguson, C.A., Hendy, A.J.W., and Kiessling, W., 2009, Phanerozoic trends in the global geographic disparity of marine biotas: Paleobiology, v. 35, p. 612-630.[Link]
  • Alroy, J., M. Aberhan, D. J. Bottjer, M. Foote, F. T. Fursich, P. J. Harries, A. J. W. Hendy, S. M. Holland, L. C. Ivany, W. Kiessling, M. A. Kosnik, C. R. Marshall, A. J. McGowan, A. I. Miller, T. D. Olszewski, M. E. Patzkowsky, S. E. Peters, L. Villier, P. J. Wagner, N. Bonuso, P. S. Borkow, B. Brenneis, M. E. Clapham, L. M. Fall, C. A. Ferguson, V. L. Hanson, A. Z. Krug, K. M. Layou, E. H. Leckey, S. Nurnberg, C. M. Powers, J. A. Sessa, C. Simpson, A. Tomasovych, and C. C. Visaggi., 2008, Phanerozoic trends in the global diversity of marine invertebrates: Science, v. 321, p. 97-100.[Link]
  • Krause, R. A., Jr, Stempien, J.A., Kowalewski, M., and Miller, A.I., 2007, Body size estimates from the literature; utility and potential for macroevolutionary studies: Palaios, v. 22, p. 60-73.[Link]
  • Rong, J.Y, Fan, J.X, Miller, A.I, and Li, G.X, 2007, Dynamic patterns of latest Proterozoic-Palaeozoic-early Mesozoic marine biodiversity in South China: Geological Journal, no. 42, p. 431-454.[Link]
  • Ferguson, C.A. and Miller, A.I, 2007, A sea change in Smuggler’s Cove? Detection of decadal-scale compositional transitions in the subfossil record: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, no. 254, p. 418-429.[Link]
  • Bonelli, J.R., Jr., Brett, C.E., Miller, A.I., and Bennington, J Bret, 2006, Testing for faunal stability across a regional biotic transition; quantifying stasis and variation among recurring coral-rich biofacies in the Middle Devonian Appalachian Basin: Paleobiology, v. 32, p. 20-37.[Link]
  • Miller, A.I., 2004, Presentation of the Paleontological Society Medal to Richard K. Bambach: Journal of Paleontology, v. 78, p. 815-816.
  • Novack-Gottshall, P.M. and Miller, A.I., 2003, Comparative taxonomic richness and abundance of Late Ordovician gastropods and bivalves in mollusc-rich strata of the Cincinnati Arch: Palaios, v. 18, p. 559-571.[Link]
  • Novack-Gottshall, P.M. and Miller, A.I., 2003, Comparative geographic and environmental diversity dynamics of gastropods and bivalves during the Ordovician radiation: Paleobiology, v. 29, p. 576-604.[Link]
  • Miller, A.I., 2003, On the importance of global diversity trends and the viability of existing paleontological data: Paleobiology, v. 29, p. 15-18.[Link]
  • Miller, A.I. and Foote, M., 2003, Increased longevities of post-Paleozoic marine genera after mass extinctions: Science, v. 302, p. 1030-1032.[Link]
  • Connolly, S.R. and Miller, A.I., 2002, Global Ordovician faunal transitions in the marine benthos; ultimate causes: Paleobiology, v. 28, p. 26-40.[Link]
  • Meyer, D.L., Miller, A.I., Holland, S.M., and Dattilo, B.F., 2002, Crinoid distribution and feeding morphology through a depositional sequence; Kope and Fairview formations, Upper Ordovician, Cincinnati Arch region: Journal of Paleontology, v. 76, p. 725-732.[Link]
  • Miller, A.I., 2001, Presentation of the Charles Schuchert Award of the Paleontological Society to Michael J. Foote: Journal of Paleontology, v. 75, p. 922-923.
  • Alroy, J., Marshall, C.R., Bambach, R.K., Bezusko, K., Foote, M., Fürsich, F.T., Hansen, T.A., Holland, S.M., Ivany, L.C., Jablonski, D., Jacobs, D.K., Jones, D.C., Kosnik, M.A., Lidgard, S., Low, S., Miller, A.I., Novack-Gottshall, P.M., Olszewski, T.D., Patzkowsky, M.E., Raup, D.M., Roy, K., Sepkoski, J.J., Jr., Sommers, M.G., Wagner, P.J., and Webber, A., 2001, Effects of sampling standardization on estimates of Phanerozoic marine diversification: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, v. 98, p. 6261-6266.[Link]
  • Connolly, S.R. and Miller, A.I., 2001, Global Ordovician faunal transitions in the marine benthos; proximate causes: Paleobiology, v. 27, p. 779-795.[Link]
  • Connolly, S.R. and Miller, A.I., 2001, Joint estimation of sampling and turnover rates from fossil databases; capture-mark-recapture methods revisited: Paleobiology, v. 27, p. 751-767.[Link]
  • Holland, S.M., Miller, A.I., Dattilo, B.F., and Meyer, D.L., 2001, The detection and importance of subtle biofacies within a single lithofacies; the Upper Ordovician Kope Formation of the Cincinnati, Ohio region: Palaios, v. 16, p. 205-217.[Link]
  • Miller, A.I. and Connolly, S.R., 2001, Substrate affinities of higher taxa and the Ordovician radiation: Paleobiology, v. 27, p. 768-778.[Link]
  • Miller, A.I., Holland, S.M., Meyer, D.L., and Dattilo, B.F., 2001, The use of faunal gradient analysis for intraregional correlation and assessment of changes in sea-floor topography in the type Cincinnatian: Journal of Geology, v. 109, p. 603-613.[Link]
  • Miller, A.I., 2000, Conversations about Phanerozoic global diversity: Paleobiology, v. 26 (supplement to issue 4), p. 53-73.[Link]
  • Holland, S.M., Meyer, D.L., and Miller, A.I., 2000, High-resolution correlation in apparently monotonous rocks; Upper Ordovician Kope Formation, Cincinnati Arch: Palaios, v. 15, p. 73-80.[Link]
  • Miller, A.I., 1999, J.J. Sepkoski, Jr.: A personal reflection: Journal of Paleontology, v. 73, p. 741-743.
  • Miller, A.I., 1998, Biotic transitions in global marine diversity: Science, v. 281, p. 1157-1160.[Link]
  • Miller, A.I., 1997, A new look at age and area; the geographic and environmental expansion of genera during the Ordovician radiation: Paleobiology, v. 23, p. 410-419.[Link]
  • Miller, A.I., 1997, Coordinated stasis or coincident relative stability?: Paleobiology, v. 23, p. 155-164.[Link]
  • Holland, S.M., Miller, A.I., Dattilo, B.F., Diekmeyer, S.L., and Meyer, D.L., 1997, Cycle anatomy and variability in the storm-dominated type Cincinnatian (Upper Ordovician); coming to grips with cycle delineation and genesis: Journal of Geology, v. 105, p. 135-152.[Link]
  • Miller, A.I., Holland, S.M., Dattilo, B.F., and Meyer, D.L., 1997, Stratigraphic resolution and perceptions of cycle architecture; variations in meter-scale cyclicity in the type Cincinnatian Series: Journal of Geology, v. 105, p. 737-743.[Link]
  • Miller, A.I., 1997, Comparative diversification dynamics among palaeocontinents during the Ordovician radiation: Geobios, Memoire Special, v. 20, p. 397-406.
  • Miller, A.I., 1997, Dissecting global diversity trends: Examples from the Ordovician Radiation: Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics, v. 28, p. 85-104.[Link]
  • Miller, A.I. and Foote, M., 1996, Calibrating the Ordovician radiation of marine life; implications for Phanerozoic diversity trends: Paleobiology, v. 22, p. 304-309.[Link]
  • Miller, A.I. and Mao, S., 1995, Association of orogenic activity with the Ordovician radiation of marine life: Geology, v. 23, p. 305-308.[Link]
  • Lafferty, A. G., Miller, A. I, and Brett, C.E., 1994, Comparative spatial variability in faunal composition along two Middle Devonian paleoenvironmental gradients: Palaios, v. 9, p. 224-236.[Link]
  • Miller, A.I., 1993, The science and politics of paleoecology: Palaios, v. 8, p. 409-410.[Link]
  • Miller, A.I., Boardman, M.R., Cummins, H., Greenstein, B.J., Jacobs, D.K., Llewellyn, G., and Parsons, K.M., 1992, Effect of Hurricane Hugo on molluscan skeletal distributions, Salt River Bay, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands: Geology, v. 20, p. 23-26.[Link]
  • Miller, A.I. and Cummins, H., 1990, A numerical model for the formation of fossil assemblages; estimating the amount of post-mortem transport along environmental gradients: Palaios, v. 5, p. 303-316.[Link]
  • Hubbard, D.K., Miller, A.I., and Scaturo, D., 1990, Production and cycling of calcium carbonate in a shelf-edge reef system (St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands); applications to the nature of reef systems in the fossil record: Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, v. 60, p. 335-360.[Link]
  • Miller, A.I., 1989, Spatio-temporal transitions in Paleozoic Bivalvia; a field comparison of Upper Ordovician and upper Paleozoic bivalve-dominated fossil assemblages: Historical Biology, v. 2, p. 227-260.
  • Miller, A.I., 1988, Spatio-temporal transitions in Paleozoic Bivalvia; an analysis of North American fossil assemblages: Historical Biology, v. 1, p. 251-273.
  • Miller, A.I., 1988, Spatial resolution in subfossil molluscan remains; implications for paleobiological analyses: Paleobiology, v. 14, p. 91-103.[Link]
  • Miller, A.I. and Sepkoski, J. J, Jr., 1988, Modeling bivalve diversification; the effect of interaction on a macroevolutionary system: Paleobiology, v. 14, p. 364-369.[Link]


  • Foote, M. and Miller, A. I., 2007, Principles of Paleontology, 3rd Edition: New York: W.H. Freeman and Co. (Chinese translation published by China Science Publishing and Media LTD., 2013)

Book Chapter

  • Brett, C.E., Zaffos, A., and Miller, A.I.  2016.  Niche conservatism, tracking, and ecological stasis.  In: N. Elddredge, T. Pievani, E. Serrelli, and I. Temkin, eds.  Evolutionary Theory: A Hierarchical Perspective.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press.  Pp. 282-306.
  • Miller, A.I., 2012, The Ordovician Radiation: Macroevolutionary crossroads of the Phanerozoic. In ed. J. Talent, Earth and Life: Global Biodiversity, Extinction Intervals and Biogeographic Perturbations Through Time, a special volume of essays published in commemoration of the International Year of Planet Earth: Springer-Verlag, p. 381-394.
  • Miller, A.I., 2009, The consensus that changed the paleobiological world. in eds. D. Sepkoski and M. Ruse, The Paleobiological Revolution: Essays on the Growth of Modern Paleontology: Chicago: University of Chicago Press, p. 365-382.
  • Brett, C.E., Holland, S.M., McLaughlin, P.I., and Miller, A.I., 2008, "Stratigraphic renaissance" in the study of the Upper Ordovician of the Cincinnati Arch: New approaches utilizing sequence, cycle and event stratigraphy, paleoecology, and paleobiology. in eds. McLaughlin, P.I., Brett, C.E., Holland, S.M., and Storrs, G.W., Stratigraphic Renaissance in the Cincinnati Arch. Cincinnati Museum Center Scientific Contributions Number 2, p. 1-5.
  • Holland, S.M., and Miller, A.I., 2008, Biofacies and sequence-stratigraphic architecture of the C1 sequence (Kope and lowermost Fairview formations), Cincinnati, Ohio area. in eds. McLaughlin, P.I., Brett, C.E., Holland, S.M., and Storrs, G.W., Stratigraphic Renaissance in the Cincinnati Arch. Cincinnati Museum Center Scientific Contributions Number 2, p. 44-57.
  • Miller, A.I., 2004, The Ordovician radiation: towards a new global synthesis. in eds. B.D. Webby, F. Paris, M.L. Droser, and I.G. Percival, The Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event: New York: Columbia University Press, p. 380-388.
  • Miller, A.I., 2001, Ordovician radiation. in eds. D.E.G. Briggs and P.R. Crowther, Paleobiology II: Blackwell Science, p. 49-52.
  • Miller, A.I. and Mao, S., 1998, Scales of diversification and the Ordovician radiation. in eds. M.L. McKinney and J.A. Drake, Biodiversity Dynamics: Turnover of Populations, Taxa, and Communities: New York: Columbia University Press, p. 288-310.
  • Miller, A.I., 1997, Counting fossils in a Cincinnatian storm bed: spatial resolution in the fossil record. in eds. C.E. Brett, Paleontological Event Horizons: Ecological and Evolutionary Implications.: New York: Columbia University Press, p. 57-72.
  • Cummins, R.H., Boardman, M.R., and Miller, A.I., 1996, Sedimentology and taphonomy of a Holocene carbonate lagoon, Pigeon Creek, San Salvador, Bahamas. in eds. M. Boardman., 7th Symposium on the Geology of the Bahamas., p. 25-40.
  • Miller, A.I. and Cummins, H., 1993, Using numerical models to evaluate the consequences of time-averaging in marine fossil assemblages. in eds. S. Kidwell and A.K. Behrensmeyer, Taphonomic Approaches to Time Resolution in Fossil Assemblages. Paleontological Society Short Courses in Paleontology No. 6, p. 150-168.
  • Armstrong, M.E. and Miller, A.I., 1990, Modern carbonate production and its relation to bottom variability, Graham's Harbor, San Salvador, Bahamas. in eds. J. Mylroie and D. Gerace, 4th Symposium on the Geology of the Bahamas, p. 23-32.
  • Miller, A.I., 1990, The relationship between global diversification and spatio-temporal transitions in Paleozoic Bivalvia. in eds. W. Miller, III, Paleocommunity Temporal Dynamics: Processes and Patterns of Long-Term Community Development. Paleontological Society Special Publication No. 5, p. 85-98.
  • Springer, D.A., and Miller, A.I., 1990, Levels of spatial variability: the community problem. in eds. W. Miller, III, Paleocommunity Temporal Dynamics: Processes and Patterns of Long-Term Community Development., p. 13-30.
  • Miller, A.I., 1990, Bivalves. in eds. K. McNamara, Evolutionary Trends: London: Belhaven Press, p. 143-161.
  • Hallam, A. and Miller, A.I., 1988, Extinction and survivial in the Bivalvia. in eds. G.P. Larwood, Extinction and Survival in the Fossil Record. Systematics Association Special Volume No, 34: Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 121-138.
  • Sepkoski, J. J, Jr. and Miller, A. I., 1985, Evolutionary faunas and the distribution of Paleozoic benthic marine communities in space and time. in eds. James Valentine, Phanerozoic Diversity Patterns: Profiles in Macroevolution: Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, p. 153-180.

Encyclopedia Article

  • Miller, A.I., 2002, Diversity of life through time. MacMillan Encyclopaedia of Life Sciences.
  • Miller, A.I., 1997, The relation between intense geological activity and the history of life.  McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology, pp. 181-183.

Other Publications

  • Miller, A.I., 2007, Creation Museum presents a narrow, faulty message (op-ed article, June 4): Cincinnati Enquirer.
  • Miller, A.I., 2003, Review of EVOLUTIONARY PATTERNS: Ecoscience, v. 9.
  • Miller, A.I., 2001, Biography of J.John Sepkoski, Jr.: American National Biography (supplement)Oxford University Press and the Amercan Council of Learned Societies.[Link]
  • Miller, A.I., 1998, Review of: ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION: THE PACE OF LIFE: Complexity, v. 4, p. 48-49.
  • Sepkoski, J.J., Jr and Miller, A.I., 1998, Analysing diversification through time: Trends in Ecology and Evolution, v. 13, p. 158-159.
  • Miller, A.I., 1997, Review of: THE MAJOR TRANSITIONS IN EVOLUTION: Complexity, v. 2, p. 40-41.
  • Miller, A.I., 1995, Evolution: Weigh the real evidence (op-ed article, April 7): Cincinnati Enquirer.
  • Miller, A.I., 1990, Review of MASS EXTINCTIONS: PROCESSES AND EVIDENCE: Palaios, v. 5, p. 382-384.
  • Miller, A.I., 1989, Lateral mixing and spatial resolution in molluscan assemblages of Smuggler's Cove, St. Croix, U.S.V.I. In: D.K. Hubbard, ed.: Terrestrial and Marine Geology of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. West Indies Laboratory Special Publication, v. 8, p. 129-134.
  • Hubbard, D.K., Sadd, J.L., Miller, A. I., Gill, I. P., and Dill, R.F., 1981., 1981, The Production, Transportation, and Deposition of Carbonate Sediments on the Insular Shelf of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands: Final Report for NOAA Seagrant Number 04 8 M01 135., p. 145 pp.

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • 1982 to present, examples:.
  • (1988). Symposium on Paleocommunity Temporal Dynamics: Patterns and Processes of Long-Term Community Development (invited speaker) Paleontological Society Symposium at SEPM Annual Midyear Meeting, Columbus, OH.
  • (1992). Symposium on Environmental Patterns in the Origin and Fates of Major Groups (invited speaker) Fifth North American Paleontological Convention , Chicago, IL.
  • (1996). Symposium on The Ordovician Radiation (invited speaker) Sixth North American Paleontological Convention, Washington, DC.
  • (1996). Symposium on Evolutionary Paleoecology (invited speaker) Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.
  • (1996). Actualités Paléontologiques: A symposium in honor of Claude Babin (invited speaker) Lyon, France.
  • (1998). Linking Spatial and Temporal Scales in Paleoecology and Ecology (invited plenary speaker and panel participant) Geological Society of America Penrose Conference, Chesapeke Bay Region, MD.
  • (1999). Teorías de la extinction: perspectiva y prospectiva (invited co-director, speaker, and discussion leader) Universidad Internacional Menédez Pelayo, València, Spain).
  • (2006). Theme Session on the EARTHTIME project Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America (invited speaker), Philadelphia, PA.
  • (2008). 11th Annual Darwin Day Lecture (invited lecturer) University of Evansville, Evansville, IN.
  • (2008). International Congress on Paleozoic Climates (invited keynote speaker) Catholic University of Lille, Lille, France.
  • (2010). Short Course hosted by Nanjing Institute of Palaeontology and Stratigraphy on Quantitative Methods in Paleontology (invited lecturer on global biodiversity, extinction, and origination) Nanjing, China.
  • (2010). Annual Sigma Xi Lecturer, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio.
  • (2010). Vienna Biocenter PhD Symposium: Origin of Life--Molecular Origins, Extinction, Life in Extremes, Species Diversification (invited speaker) Vienna, Austria.
  • (1982). Symposium on Factors in Phanerozoic Diversity (invited speaker) Annual Meeting of AAAS Pacific Division , Santa Barbara, CA.
  • Invited colloquia at other institutions: University of Arizona (twice); University of California, Davis; University of California, Riverside; University of Chicago; Dartmouth College; University of Dayton; Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago; University of Florida; University of Georgia; Harvard University; University of Iowa; University of Illinois, Chicago; University of Kentucky; Miami University; Michigan State University; University of Michigan (twice); National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution; Ohio State University; Oberlin College; Pennsylvania State University; Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia; University of Rochester; Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami; Syracuse University; SUNY Stony Brook; University of Tennessee; Virginia Tech (twice)..

Honors & Awards

  • Mwandani (Ally) Award, Black Faculty Association, University of Cincinnati, 2018.
  • Elected as President of The Paleontological Society (two year term on the Paleontological Society Council as President-Elect, two as President, and two as Past-President), 2014 to 2020.
  • Best Paper Award Honorable Mention, Palaios, 2014.
  • Elected as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2013.
  • Guest Professor, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2010.
  • Elected as Chair of the Graduate Fellows, University of Cincinnati (two-year term), 2010 to 2012.
  • Elected as Centennial Fellow, The Paleontological Society, 2007.
  • Elected as Fellow of the Graduate School, University of Cincinnati, 2004.
  • Faculty Achievement Award, University of Cincinnati, 1996.
  • Best Paper Award, Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, 1990.

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 2015 to 2018, Senior Associate Dean, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 2012 to 2013, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Affairs, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 2010 to 2011, Director, Environmental Studies Program, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 2003 to 2008, Head, Department of Geology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 1996 to To Present, Professor of Geology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 1992 to To Present, Adjunct Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology, Cincinnati Museum of Natural History, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 1991 to 1996, Associate Professor of Geology (with tenure), University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 1986 to 1991, Assistant Professor of Geology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Events Organized

  • .1991 to present, examples:.
  • The Biological Underpinning of Global Diversity Trends, Paleontological Society Symposium held at Geological Society of America North-Central Section Meeting, (organizer and convener). (1991, Toledo, OH.
  • A Sampling-Standardized Analysis of Phanerozoic Marine Diversification and Extinction, Workshop and working group organized at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, a series of meetings (invited participant). (1998 to 2008) , Santa Barbara, CA.
  • Geobiology and the Earth Sciences in the Next Decade, NSF-sponsored Workshop at the Smithsonian Institution (invited participant and organizer of discussions on the role of databases in Geobiology). (1999, Washington, D.C..
  • Paleofoodweb Construction and the Evolution of Ecosystem Structure, Working group organized at the Santa Fe Institute, with additional work and subsequent meetings (invited participant). (2002, Santa Fe, NM.
  • Earth Time: Calibration of the Geologic Time-Scale: NSF-sponsored workshop at the Smithsonian Institution (invited participant). (2003, Washington, D.C..
  • Sino-American Cooperation on Critical Transitions in Earth History: Workshop sponsored jointly by the National Science Foundations of the U.S. and China at the Smithsonian Institution; second workshop in Beijing, ( invited organizer of discussions on the cooperative development of paleontological databases; author of portion of white paper focusing on this topic) third workshop in Denver (2005 to 2007) , Multiple venues.
  • Geobiodiversity: Taxa, Morphology, and Ecology: Special session at the 2nd International Paleontological Congress (invited convener and organizer of the 1½-day session) (2006, Beijing, China.
  • Future Research Directions in Paleontology: NSF-sponsored workshop at the Smithsonian Institution, (invited participant; author of portion of resulting white paper focusing on application of paleontological methods and principles to environmental issues). (2006, Washington, D.C..
  • Ninth North American Paleontological Convention (chair of organizing committee) (2009, Cincinnati, OH.


  • Co-Editor of PALEOBIOLOGY, a quarterly journal published by the Paleontological Society 1992 to 1995
  • Associate Editor of THE JOURNAL OF GEOLOGY 1999 to To Present
  • Associate Editor of PALAIOS 2003 to To Present
  • Associate Editor of PALAEOWORLD 2006 to To Present
  • Paleontological Society, Chairman of the North-Central Section 1991
  • External reviewer of NOAA’s National Undersea Research Program efforts at Perry Institute for Marine Science, Lee Stocking Island, Bahamas 1994
  • Member of Moore Medal Selection Committee, SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) 1994 to 1996
  • Consulting Editor for Invertebrate Paleontology, McGraw-Hill Yearbook and Encyclopedia of Science and Technology 1997 to 2001
  • "Matters of the Record" editor for Paleobiology, a quarterly journal published by the Paleontological Society. 1996 to 2001
  • Member of Paleontological Society Nominations Committee (chairman for 2000) 1998 to 2000
  • Member of steering committee, advisory board, amd marine working group for THE PALEOBIOLOGY DATABASE (http://paleodb.org) 1998 to To Present
  • External reviewer of EVOLUTION OF TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS program at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution 2002
  • Chair of Grant-Review Sub-Panel on the Evolution of Advanced Life, Program in Exobiology and Evolutionary Biology, National Aeronautics and Space Administration 2004
  • External Reviewer of Department of Geology, Oberlin College, Ohio 2008
  • Member of Paleontological Society Medal Committee 2009 to 2011
  • External Member of Professional Accomplishments Evaluation Committee (PAEC), National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 2012