Dr. Miller is an Associate Professor in the Entomology and Nematology Department at the University of Florida, Gainesville. She earned a B.A. from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT in 1998 and a Ph.D. in Organismal Biology and Ecology from the University of Montana in 2007. Dr. Miller works on the evolution of morphology and behavior, particularly in the field of sexual selection. She uses insects to understand the fundamentals of why animals do what they do and are shaped the way they are shaped. In the past several years, Dr. Miller has received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a HHMI Mentoring Award, the University of Florida Excellence Award for Assistant Professors, a national Excellence in College and University Teaching Award from the USDA, and she was recognized as an University of Florida Term Professor in both 2016 and 2019, an honor based on recent accomplishments. Download CV
Michael Forthman, an insect systematist, joined our research team in April 2016 as a Postdoctoral Associate. Dr. Forthman received a B.S. in Biology at the University of Arkansas - Little Rock in 2008. He conducted post-baccalaureate studies in Entomology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He received a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of California - Riverside in 2016. Dr. Forthman is working towards constructing a phylogeny of the Coreidae to investigate the evolution of fighting styles and hind leg weapon diversification. View Michael's CV
Ginny Greenway received a Bachelors degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford in 2013, before undertaking a PhD at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Whilst there, she focused on the causes and evolutionary consequences of high rates of reproductive failure in lygaeid seed bugs. She joined the Miller Lab in 2017, and over the course of her postdoc she will investigate determinants of reproductive success and failure in coreids.
Lauren joined the lab in 2014 and completed her M.S. degree in the summer of 2016. Lauren received a UF Graduate Fellowship to continue on in the lab for her Ph.D. Lauren has collected valuable field data on our main lab study species, has taken the lead on a science education publication, and is studying factors influencing female mate choice. Before starting graduate school, Lauren served as a secondary science teacher for eight years. Visit Lauren's website
Zach joined us in 2014 as a Biology Ph.D. student, co-advised with Colette St. Mary. Zach is fascinated by the interaction between natural selection and sexual selection. He is specifically examining how autotomy, the ability to drop limbs, influences, and is influenced by, sexual selection. In the summer of 2016 Zach participated in the East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for US Graduate Students, traveling to Singapore to work with Daiqin Li. Zach later received the UF Research Abroad for Graduate Students Award, traveling to Australia in 2017 to work with Philip W. Bateman.
Daniela joined the lab as a M.S. student in 2017. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She was formerly a field research technician on the Kluane Red Squirrel Project in British Columbia, an intern at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, and a REU student in Peru. Daniela is fluent in French, English, and Spanish. In the Miller Lab, Daniela will focus on understanding the influence of diet on the development of male weaponry and male-male competition.
Sara completed her M.S. at Purdue University in 2018 and joined us immediately thereafter as a Ph.D. student. Sara is working on phenotypic plasticity and evolution in the mouthparts of insects. Her work will help us understand, for example, how some invasive insect species are able to make use of a wide variety of plant species during the processes of invasion.
Tamsin is spending July 2019 through April 2020 in the lab as an international scholar. Tamsin is an undergraduate student at the University of Manchester, UK. While in the Miller Lab, Tamsin is conducting multiple projects on the effects of nutrition on the development and performance of insect armaments.