Luke Miller



Duncan Hall, Room 336
Telephone: (408) 924-4880
FAX: (408) 924-4840


Luke Miller’s website:


Ph.D., 2008, Stanford University

B.Sc., 2000, University of California, Santa Barbara

Courses Taught:

BIOL 114: Functional Morphology

BIOL 55 / 155: Biostatistics and Experimental Design

BIOL 106: Physiological Ecology

BIOL 164: Ecological Field Methods

BIOL 255E: Practical Computing for Research Biologists

Research Interests:

My research explores how organisms living in a highly variable environment, the rocky intertidal zone, cope with physical and physiological stress. I am interested in species' responses to thermal stress, wave stress, desiccation stress, and climate change, and how organisms’ behavioral and morphological traits allow them to mitigate potential environmental stresses. Much of my research involves the development of custom electronic sensors to track environmental conditions and the status of organisms.

Selected publications:

L. P. Miller  & W. W. Dowd (in press). Multimodal in situ datalogging quantifies inter-individual variation in thermal experience and persistent origin effects on gaping behavior among intertidal mussels (Mytilus californianus). Journal of Experimental Biology

Helmuth, B., F. Choi, A. Matzelle, J.L. Torossian, S.L. Morello, K.A.S. Mislan, L. Yamane, D. Strickland, P.L. Szathmary, S.E. Gilman, A. Tockstein, T.J. Hilbish, M.T. Burrows, A.M. Power, E. Gosling, N. Mieszkowska, C.D.G. Harley, M. Nishizaki, E. Carrington, B. Menge, L. Petes, M.M. Foley, A. Johnson, M. Poole, M.M. Noble, E.L. Richmond, M. Robart, J. Robinson, J. Sapp, J. Sones, B.R. Broitman, M.W. Denny, K.J. Mach, L.P. Miller, M. O’Donnell, P. Ross, G.E. Hofmann, M. Zippay, C. Blanchette, J.A. Macfarlan, E. Carpizo-Ituarte, B. Ruttenberg, C.E. Peña Mejía, C.D. McQuaid, J. Lathlean, C.J. Monaco, K.R. Nicastro and G. Zardi (2016). Long-term, high frequency in situ measurements of intertidal mussel bed temperatures using biomimetic sensors. Scientific Data 3: 1-11 OPEN ACCESS LINK (Featured in the New York Times)

Early, R., B.A. Bradley, J.S. Dukes, J.J. Lawler, J.D. Olden, D.M. Blumenthal, P. Gonzalez, E.D. Grosholz, I. Ibanez, L.P. Miller, C.J.B. Sorte and A.J. Tatem (2016). Global threats from invasive alien species in the twenty-first century and national response capacities. Nature Communications 7 OPEN ACCESS LINK

LaScala-Gruenewald, D. E., L. P. Miller, M. E. S. Bracken, B. J. Allen & M. W. Denny (2016). Quantifying the top-down effects of grazers on a rocky shore: selective grazing and the potential for competition. Marine Ecology Progress Series 533: 49-66 OPEN ACCESS LINK

Miller, L.P. and J.D. Long (2015). A tide prediction and tide height control system for laboratory mesocosms. PeerJ 3: e1442 OPEN ACCESS LINK

Miller, L.P., B. J. Allen, F. A. King, D. Chilin, V. Reynoso & M. W. Denny (2015) Warm microhabitats drive both increased respiration and growth rates of intertidal consumers. Marine Ecology Progress Series 522: 127-143

Chu, N.D., L.P. Miller, S.T. Kaluziak, G.C. Trussell & S.V. Vollmer (2014) Thermal stress and predation risk trigger distinct transcriptomic responses in the intertidal snail Nucella lapillus. Molecular Ecology doi:

Miller, L.P., C.M. Matassa & G.C. Trussell (2014) Climate change enhances the negative effects of predation risk on an intermediate consumer. Global Change Biology  20: 3834-3844 doi:

Ibáñez, I., J.M. Diez, L.P. Miller, J.D. Olden, C.J.B. Sorte, D.M. Blumenthal, B.A. Bradley, C.M. D’Antonio, J.S. Dukes, R.I. Early, E.D. Grosholz & J.J. Lawler (2014) Integrated assessment of biological invasions. Ecological Applications 24(1): 25-37 doi:

Miller, L.P. (2013) The effect of water temperature on drilling and ingestion rates of the dogwhelk Nucella lapillus feeding on Mytilus edulis mussels in the laboratory. Marine Biology 160: 1489-1496 doi:

Miller L. P. & M. W. Denny. (2011) Importance of behavior and morphological traits for controlling body temperature in littorinid snails. Biological Bulletin, 220 (3): 209-223.

Sorte, C. J. B., S. J. Jones & L. P. Miller. (2011) Geographic variation in temperature tolerance as an indicator of potential population responses to climate change. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 400(1): 209-217. doi: