Eliot T. Miller
25 Jan 2013: I updated a few things around the site.
I am a natural historian at heart.
Natural history provides us with the background information to pose sound and interesting ecological and evolutionary questions. This relationship was what drew me to this field, and it is from this intersection that my interests arise.
Many questions appeal to me. I am fascinated by seed dispersal and other movement patterns in intact and in fragmented landscapes. Speciation, competition exclusion, habitat filtering, and community ecology are what interest me most.
In fall 2008 I entered the PhD program at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. My sage advisor is Bob Ricklefs. I also work with the Zanne Lab. In addition to these wonderful people I receive wisdom from my committee: Bette Loiselle, John Bates and Iván Jiménez.
In June 2011 I entered the cotutelle program at Macquarie University in Sydney. This means that I am co-advised by Mark Westoby and the awesome Comparative Ecology Group.
My dissertation focuses on elucidating the patterns of phylogenetic community structure along environmental gradients, exploring potential factors that shape these patterns, and quantifying the concordance of morphological and ecological traits. To address these questions I am working with the Australian Proteaceae (plants) and Meliphagidae (birds). I have finished my fieldwork in Australia, and am working on writing up my results for completion of my dissertation.
eliotmiller "AT" umsl.edu
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