ecology and evolution of communities

Our group is interested in a variety of questions from community ecology and evolutionary biology, including evolution in community contexts in microbial systems, ecology of barrier island vegetation, and  marine work on the ecology of seagrass and anemones. While maintaining a basic interest in understanding how the world around us works, we are also concerned about practical applications of our research for conservation and environmental biology. We hope that you will spend some time learning about us and our research. I can be contacted by e-mail at:

News and activities

--    2020 Field season has started.  We sampled pitchers at Crystal bog on 11 Jan 2020.f

--    St. George census was completed for the 20th year on October 27th.  Many thanks to the >20 volunteers, especially including the 2019 class of new EE grad students.  Here is the crew on Day 2.asdf

--    New pubs on everything from pitcher plant inquilines (Miller et al. 2019) to dune vegetation (Green and Miller 2019) to sea anemones (Ryan and Miller 2019).  Leave no creature unchecked!.  Check on the publications page.

--    Parts of St. George Island were hit hard by Hurricane Michael in 2018: in some places the island is now just a beach from ocean to bay.  St. George after Hurricane MichaelFortunately, the census plots on the east end showed minimal physical disturbance, but the vegetation was clearly affected by the very high storm surge.  The 2018 census was completed in November, but it required 3-4 separate trips. Analysis of the entire 18 year data set is ongoing!

--    Abigail Pastore is now in Australia where is working with Margie Mayfield at the University of Queensland.  graduation
--    Will Ryan is now a postdoc at the University of Alabama with Stacy Krueger-Hadfield.  Just garnered an NIH postdoc.
--    I really appreciate the goals of this paper and enjoyed working with this group of authors.  It is nice to see long-term studies appreciated and promoted.
--    The dune work is discussed on the Springer Life Science blog!  Apparently Miller, Gornish, and Buckley 2010 is sufficiently cited to draw attention.