Thomas Miller

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University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
146 Williams Street
Solomons, Maryland 20688
Phone: 410-326-7276

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Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

fisheries ecology, fisheries management, blue crab, menhaden, black sea bass, oyster aquaculture

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Biographical Sketch

Dr. Thomas J. Miller is a professor of fisheries science and director of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s founding campus, the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons, Maryland.

He has been a leader in the development of approaches to manage several Chesapeake Bay species, including crabs and striped bass, combining laboratory, field and modeling approaches to address questions of interest to society. Most recently, his research has focused on both the effects of ocean acidification on blue crab, recruitment issues in menhaden and striped bass and stakeholder involvement in recreational fisheries.

Dr. Miller serves on the US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s Ocean Studies Board.  He is vice-chair of the Scientific and Statistical Committee for the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council. He is a Governor’s Appointee to the Patuxent River Commission, and the Board of the Chesapeake Bay Trust. He has been the recipient of the President’s Award for the Application of Science at UMCES and received the 2015 USM Regents’ Faculty Award for Public Service, the highest honor that the Board bestows to recognize exemplary faculty achievement.

He teaches courses on applied environmental science, fisheries ecology, and responsible conduct of research. Dr. Miller is a two-time recipient of the Graduate Education Award for excellence in teaching from the Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences program at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Miller joined the faculty at the UMCES Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, an influential center for fisheries research, as Assistant Professor in 1994. He has been Professor since 2006, and Director of the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory since 2011.


  • 1990-1994    Post Doctoral Fellow, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • 1990              Ph.D.    Zoology (Oceanography minor).  North Carolina State University.
  • 1984              M.S.     Ecology.  North Carolina State University.
  • 1981              B.Sc. (Hons).  Human & Environmental Biology.  University of York, UK.

Other Research

Automated Oyster Aquaculture with Solar Energy. Maryland Industrial Partnership Scheme (MIPS).  February 2019-January 2020.  $79,389

Dredge operations and blue crab.  Maryland Port Administration.  January 2019- December 2020.  $308,999

Enhancing settlement of oyster larvae for commercial aquaculture.  Maryland Industrial Partnership Scheme (MIPS).  February 2017-January 2019.  $150,248

FY2017 NMFS/Sea Grant population and ecosystem dynamics fellowship (Reed Michael Brodnik) Analysis of the spatial and temporal structure and dynamics of the norther Atlantic black sea bass (Centroprisitis striata) stock – impacts of misspecification of spatial structure on assessment and stock on reliability of reference points.  MD Sea Grant.  August 2017 – July 202.  $114,785.

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