Role
As part of the Long Term Monitoring Program and under the direction of the task leader, plan, organise and undertake all work associated with the sub-project Broadscale Surveys of the Great Barrier Reef.
Background
I obtained my BSc in Marine Biology/Zoology from JCU 1985. Upon completing my degree I worked as a Biology Technician at JCU before joining the AIMS Long Term Monitoring Program in 1989. I then completed a Masters Degree in Tropical Ecology also at JCU. During my time at AIMS I have developed an in-depth knowledge of reef ecology. My extensive experience in reef systems has been acquired working on many different projects and a wide range of research vessels (over 2000 days at sea) with over 2,000 hrs on scuba and have manta towed 1,000's km of reef edge. My expertise in coral reef ecology/monitoring is mainly from the Great Barrier Reef but also includes other parts of Australia (Western Australia, Torres Strait) and overseas (Asia, Pacific, Caribbean). I continue to pioneer new and improved techniques for measuring and monitoring reef health.
Education

2015: Diploma Project Management

1994: MSc Tropical Ecology, James Cook University

1984: BSc Marine Biology/Zoology, James Cook University

Current Research Activities
As part of the Long Term Monitoring Program I co-ordinate the sub-project Broadscale Surveys of the Great Barrier Reef. This project involves systematic manta tow surveys of over one hundred reefs throughout the GBR. These surveys are designed to determine the pattern and extent of crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci) that remain a major management problem for coral reefs. I also contribute to other aspects of the monitoring program that captures the natural variability of coral and fish populations and documents the effects of other disturbances like, cyclones, disease and bleaching events.
Publications
Over 50 articles including refereed journals, conference proceedings, technical reports and book chapters. Thousands of web pages.

PRIMARY RESEARCH ARTICLES

Osborne K, Thompson AA, Cheal AJ, Emslie MJ, Johns KA, Jonker MJ, Logan M, Miller IR, Sweatman HPA (2017) Delayed coral recovery in a warming ocean. Glob Change Biol 23(9): 3869-3881

MacNeil MA, Mellin C, Pratchett MS, Hoey J, Anthony KRN, Cheal AJ, Miller I, Sweatman H, Cowan ZL, Taylor S, Moon S, Fonnesbeck CJ (2016) Joint estimation of crown of thorns (Acanthaster plancii) densities on the Great Barrier Reef. PeerJ 4:e2310

Sweatman HPA, Johns KA, Jonker MJ, Miller IR, Osborne K (2015) Final report on coral reef surveys in Torres Strait. Report to the National Environmental Research Program. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (46 pp)

Miller I, Sweatman H, Cheal A, Emslie M, Johns K, Jonker M, Osborne K (2015)Origins and Implications of a Primary Crown-of-Thorns Starfish Outbreak in the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Journal of Marine Biology 2015: ID 809624

Miller I, Cripps E (2013) Three dimensional marine seismic survey has no measurable effect on species richness or abundance of a coral reef associated fish community. Marine Pollution Bulletin 77(1-2):63-70

Miller IR, Logan M, Johns KA, Jonker MJ, Osborne K, Sweatman HPA (2013) Determining background levels and defining outbreaks of crustose coralline algae disease on the Great Barrier Reef. Marine and Freshwater Research 64(11):1022-1028

Cheal AJ, Emslie MJ, MacNeil MA, Miller IR, Sweatman HPA (2013) Spatial variation in the functional characteristics of herbivorous fish communities and the resilience of coral reefs. Ecological Applications. 23(1):174-188

Wilkinson C, Nowak M, Miller I, Baker V (2013) Status of Caribbean coral reefs in seven countries in 1986. Marine Pollution Bulletin 7(1-2):7-9

Miller IR, Sweatman HPA (2013) The status of crown-of-thorns starfish populations on the Great Barrier Reef from AIMS surveys. Report to the National Environment Research Program. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Ltd, Cairns

Miller IR, Cheal AJ, Emslie MJ, Logan M, Sweatman HPA (2012) Ongoing effects of no-take marine reserves on commercially exploited coral trout populations on the Great Barrier Reef. Marine Environmental Research 79:167-170

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