Recent papers from the Miller lab


Cuellar-Gempeler, C. terHorst, C. P., Mason, O. U., & Miller, T. E. (2022). Predator dispersal influences predator distribution but not prey diversity in pitcher plant microbial metacommunities. Ecology, in press.

Miller, T. E. & Bascompte, J. (2022). Incorporating trophic and spatial structure. Pp. 397-407 in Foundations of Ecology II, T. Miller and J. Travis, eds. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Miller, T. E. & Cooper, G. (2022). Competition, coexistence, and extinction. Pp. 151-162 in Foundations of Ecology II, T. Miller and J. Travis, eds. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Miller, T. E., Pastore, A., Cuellar-Gempeler, C., Cantor, E., & Mason, O. (2022). Effects of community richness and competitive asymmetry on protozoa evolution in Sarracenia purpurea leaves. American Naturalist, in press.

Rodriguez, Z., Holdridge, E., & Miller, T. E. (2022). Understanding spatially complex cryptic coloration in the Green Lynx Spider Peucetia viridans. Ecological Entomology.


Pastore, A., G. Barabas, M. Bimler, M. Mayfield, and T. Miller. 2021. The evolution of niche overlap and competitive differences. Nature Ecology and Evolution 5. doi:10.1038/s41559-020-01383-y. 

Vogel, M., O. Mason, and T. Miller. 2021. Composition of seagrass microbial phyllosphere communities suggests rapid environmental regulation of community structure. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 97. doi:10.1093/femsec/fiab013.


Vogel, M., O. U. Mason, and T. E. Miller.  2020. Host and environmental determinants of microbial community structure in the marine phyllosphere.  Plos One


Green, M. D., and T. E. Miller. 2019. Germination traits explain deterministic processes in the asembly of early succcessional coastal dune vegetation. Esturaries and Coasts 42:1097-1103. doi:

Miller, T. E., M. Buhler, and C. Cuellar-Gempeler.  2019. Species-specific differences determine responses to a resource pulse and predation.  Oecologia. doi:

Ryan, W. H., and T. E. Miller. 2019. Reproductive strategy changes across latitude in a clonal sea anemone. Marine Ecology Progress Series 611:129-141. doi:


Canter, E., Cuellar-Gempeler, C., Pastore, A., Miller, T. E., & Mason, O. (in press). Predator identity more than predator richness structures aquatic microbial assemblages in Sarracenia purpurea leaves. Ecology, 99, 652-660.

Ryan, W. H. 1991.  Temperature-dependent growth and fission rate plasticity drive seasonal and geographic changes in body size in a clonal sea anemone.  American Naturalist, 191, 210-219.

Savage, C. & T. E. Miller.  2018.  A test of group foraging by the carnivorous plant, Sarracenia flava: are pitcher plants like wolves?  American Midland Naturalist, 179, 678-85.  doi:

terHorst, C. P., Zee, P. C., Heath, K. D., Miller, T., Pastore, A. I., Patel, S., Schreiber, S. J., Wade, M. J., & Walsh, M. R.  2018.  Evolution in a community context:  Trait responses to multiple species interactions.  American Naturalist, 191, 1-13.


Ellis, R. D., F. C. Coleman, and C. C. Koenig.  2017.  Effects of habitat manipulation by red grouper, Epinephelus morio, on faunal communities associated with excavations in Florida Bay.  Bull. Mar Sci.

Miller, T. E., W. E. Bradshaw, and C. M. Holzapfel.  2017. Pitcher-plant communities as models for addressing fundamental questions in ecology and evolution. In Ellison, Aaron M., & Adamec, Lubomir (Eds.), Carnivorous plants: physiology, ecology, and evolution. Oxford University Press.
In press.

Pastore, A I., and B. Scherer. 
2017.  Changes in community phylogenetic structure across multiple life stages of an old field-deciduous forest chronosequence. Ecosphere, in press.

Ryan, W. H., E. S. Gornish, L. Christenson, S. Halpern, S. Henderson, G. LeBuhn, and T. E. Miller.  2017.  A toolbox for initiating and managing long-term data collections in academia.  American Biology Teacher, 79:28-34.


Ellis, R. D., and M. E. Faletti.  2016.  Native grouper indirectly ameliorates the negative effects of invasive lionfish.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 558:267-279.

Gray, S., T. Poisot, E. Harvey, N. Mouquet, T. Miller, and D. Gravel.  2016.  Temperature and trophic structure are driving microbial productivity along a biogeographical gradient.  Ecography 39:981-989. doi: 10.1111/ecog.01748.

Miller, T. E. and M. Lauck. 2016.  Coastal Dune Habitats.  In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Ecology. Ed. David Gibson. New York: Oxford University Press.

Reid, R. W., Y. Luc, S. Yan, T. Miller, and B. Song. 2016. Transcriptome dataset of halophyte beach morning glory, a close wild relative of sweet potato. Frontiers in Plant Science.


Gornish, E. S., and T. E. Miller.  2015.  Plant community responses to simultaneous changes in temperature, nitrogen availability, and invasion.  PlosOne DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0123715.

Miller, T. E.  2015.  Effects of disturbance on vegetation by sand accretion and erosion across coastal dune habitats on a barrier island. AoB Plants 7: plv003. doi: 10.1093/aobpla/plv003


Miller, T. E., E. Moran, and C. P. terHorst.  2014.  Rethinking niche evolution: experiments with natural communities of protozoa in pitcher plants.  American Naturalist 184:277-283.

Paisie T. K. , T. E. Miller, O. U. Mason.  2014. Effects of a ciliate protozoa predator on microbial communities in pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurea) leaves. PLoS ONE 9(11):e113384. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0113384 

Pastore, A. I., C. M. Prather, E. S. Gornish, W. H. Ryan, R. D. Ellis, and T. E. Miller.  2014.  Testing the competition–colonization trade-off with a 32-year study of a saxicolous lichen community.  Ecology 2014 95:306-315.


Gornish, E.S., J. A. Hamilton, A. Barberan, B. M. Benito, A. Binzer, J. E. DeMeester, R. Gruwez, B. Moreira, S. Taheri, S. Tomiolo, C. Vinagre, P. Vuarin, and J. Weaver. 2013.  Interdisciplinary climate change collaborations are essential for early-career scientists.  EOS, Transactions American Geophysical Union, in press.

Gornish, E. S., and T. E. Miller. 2013. Using long-term census data to inform restoration methods for coastal dune vegetation.  Estuaries and Coasts 36:1014-1023. PDF

Monge, J. and Gornish, E.S. 2013.  Mechanisms of facilitation on a barrier island.  Journal of Coastal Research, in press.


Baiser, B., N. J. Gotelli, H. L. Buckley, T. E. Miller, and A. M. Ellison. 2012. Geographic variation in network structure of a nearctic aquatic food web.  Global Ecology and Biogeography: 21:579-591.

Ellis, R. D., and J. E. Powers. 2012. Gag grouper, marine reserves, and density-dependent sex change in the Gulf of Mexico. Fisheries Research 115-116:89-98.

Ibanez, I., E. S. Gornish, L. Buckley, D. M. Debinski, J. Hellman, B. Helmuth, J. HilleRislambers, A. M. Latimer, A. J. Miller-Rushing, and M. Uriarte.  2012.  Moving forward in global-change ecology; capitalizing on natural variability.  Ecology and Evolution. First published online: 29 NOV 2012 DOI: 10.1002/ece3.433

Kadowaki, K., B. D. Inouye, and T. E. Miller.  2012.  Assembly-history dynamics of a pitcher-plant protozoan community in experimental microcosms.  PLoS ONE 7: e42651. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0042651.  PDF

Miller, T. E. and C. P. terHorst. 2012. Testing successional hypotheses of stability, heterogeneity, and diversity in pitcher-plant inquiline communities.  Oecologia 170:243-251.  PDF

Miller, T. E. and C. P. terHorst. Indirect Effects in Communities and Ecosystems.  In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Ecology. Ed. David Gibson. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

Pastore, A. I., and F. L. Russell.  2012.  Insect herbivore effects on resource allocation to shoots and roots in Lespedeza capitata.  Plant Ecology 213:843-851.


Mouquet, N., B. Matthiessen, T. E. Miller, and A. Gonzalez. 2011. Extinction debt in source-sink metacommunities. PloS One 6:e17567. PDF

terHorst, C. P. 2011. Experimental evolution of protozoan traits in response to interspecific competition. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24: 36-46.


Buckley, H., T. E. Miller, A. M. Ellison, and N. J. Gotelli. 2010. Local to continental-scale variation in the richness and composition of an aquatic food web. Journal of Global Ecology and Biogeography 19:711-723.

Gornish, E. and T. E. Miller. 2010. Effects of storm frequency on dune vegetation. Global Change Biology 16:2668-2675.

Miller, T. E., E. Gornish, and H. Buckley. 2010. Climate and coastal dune vegetation: disturbance, recovery and succession. Plant Ecology 206:97-104. PDF

terHorst, C. P. 2010. Evolution in response to direct and indirect ecological effects in pitcher plant inquiline communities. American Naturalist 176: 675-685.

terHorst, C., T. E. Miller, and D. R. Levitan. 2010. Evolution of prey in ecological time reduces the effects size of predators. Ecology 91:629-636. PDF

terHorst, C. P., T. E. Miller and E. Powell. 2010. When can competition for resources lead to ecological equivalence? Evolutionary Ecology Research 12:843-854. PDF (A version of the R program associated with this manuscript can be downloaded here).


Miller, T. E, C. terHorst, and J. Burns. 2009. The ghost of competition present. American Naturalist 173:347-353. PDF

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