I am employed as a researcher at the Bryden Centre at UHI.
Within the context of the Bryden Centre, I am working to shed light on the organisms which grow on marine renewable energy infrastructure, to 1) understand the cues which attract larvae to marine renewable energy infrastructure, 2) enable prediction of biofouling pressure across a variety of marine environments, in order to 3) improve strategies for biofouling mitigation. More fundamentally, I want to understand the cues which influence the dispersal and settlement patterns of biofouling organisms and other marine invertebrates, including crustaceans, molluscs, and polychaete worms.
My research interests include population biogeography, understanding how the installation of man-made structures in the sea influences marine habitats, and how this affects the wider ocean ecosystem.I am also experienced in knowledge exchange in the marine renewables and climate change sectors.
I am a strong advocate of public engagement with science, and I have worked with schools, developed activities for music festivals, and delivered public lectures to encourage an ongoing dialogue with diverse audiences around renewable energy development, the history of women in marine science, and science leadership.
Within SAMS I am the co-lead of the Ocean Systems research area.
Current research projects
The Bryden Centre: Advanced marine and bioenergy research. Funded by EU INTERREG VA Programme.
Past highlight projects
Blue Action: I lead work package 8 delivering dissemination, communication, exploitation and engagement. Funded by EU H2020. 2017-21
Knowledge Exchange for Wave and Tidal Energy. Funded by NERC. 2014-17
Assessing the Gaps: A UK Assessment of the Perth Wave Energy Project. Funded by NERC. 2014
Pro-Tide: This project advanced low-flow and/or low-head tidal energy projects in the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands. As part of Pro-Tide I worked as the project’s Environmental Investigator, compiling and assessing the environmental outcomes (perceived, predicted, and actual) of tidal energy development at project partners sites. Funded by INTERREG IVB (NW Europe). 2014-15
Loxton, J., Macleod, A.K., Nall, C.R., McCollin, T., Machado, I., Simas, T., Vance, T., Kenny, C., Want, A., & Miller, R. (2017). Setting an agenda for biofouling research for the marine renewable energy industry. International Journal of Marine Energy. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijome.2017.08.006
Fox, C., Benjamins, S., Masden, E., and Miller, R.G. (2017). Challenges and opportunities in monitoring the impacts of tidal-stream energy devices on marine vertebrates. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2017.06.004
Adams, T.P., Miller, R.G., Aleynik, D., and Burrows, M.T. (2014). Offshore marine renewable energy devices as stepping stones across biogeographical boundaries. Journal of Applied Ecology 51(2), 330-338
Miller, R.G., Hutchison, Z.L., Macleod, A.K., Burrows, M.T., Cook, E.J., Last, K.S., Wilson, B. (2013). Marine renewable energy development: assessing the Benthic Footprint at multiple scales. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 11:8, 433-440.
Miller, R.G., Rouse, S., & Allen, C. (2016). The Use of Gravity Base Structures for Enhanced Habitat Recovery. A report by SRSL for Shell (UK) Limited, pp. 53
Miller, R.G. and Macleod, A. K. (2016). Marine Growth Mapping and Monitoring: Feasibility of Predictive Mapping of Marine Growth. A report by SAMS Research Services Ltd to the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. Glasgow, UK. 51 pp.
Miller, R.G. and Fawcett, J. (2015). Environmental interactions in contrasting environments: transferring strategies from high-flow tidal energy developments to low-flow and low-head tidal energy sites. Proceedings of the 11th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference 6-11th Sept 2015, Nantes, France. 7 pp.
Linley, E.A.G. and Miller, R.G. (2014). Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult Environmental Programme: Scoping Report. Report to the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, October 2014. 32 pp.
Miller, R.G. (2014). Finding the Gaps: A UK-based assessment of the Perth Wave Energy Project. NERC Knowledge Exchange Internship Report.
Macleod, A.K. and Miller, R.G. (2014). Maersk Riser Survey: Dumbarton 12” Production Riser Marine Growth Study. SRSL Report 01318_P0817_0001. 30 pp.
Miller, R.G. (2013). Larval dispersal and population connectivity: implications for offshore renewable energy structures. Ph.D. thesis, University of Aberdeen. 264 pp.
Prizes / awards
Selected as an Equate Scotland 'Inspirational Woman in STEM' for 2016
ICES Working Group on Marine Renewable Energy Member, 2015-2017
MASTS Marine Renewable Energy Forum Steering Group Member 2014-2017
UHI Innovation Steering Committee Member, 2014-present
Out for the Weekend: BBC Radio Scotland. Interviewed by Fiona Stalker about the Homeward Bound Programme, Antarctica, and women in STEM. 10 March 2017
“Daring to Lead: Homeward Bound 2016.” Invited public lecture with Equate Scotland and the 'Audacious Women' Festival, Edinburgh, February 2017
“What does it take to be an Antarctic Explorer?” CU Fridays invited workshop Children’s University, Edinburgh, November 2016
“Women in Marine Science: Reclaiming our Narrative.” Invited public lecture at the “INNOVATEMARINE” event for VisitScotland, St. Andrews, September 2016
“A History of Women in Marine Science” Invited lecture, Wine and Science, Oban, May 2016
“Women who (marine) science!” Invited speaker 'Girls in STEM' event with Accenture UK and STEMettes, Edinburgh, January 2016
“Ocean Soundscapes at Belladrum” Public lecture in the Verb Garden tent, Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, August 2015
Selected media coverage
Out for the Weekend: BBC Radio Scotland, Interviewed by Fiona Stalker about the Homeward Bound Programme, Antarctica, and women in STEM. 10 March 2017
Article in the Times (2016)
Article in the Scotsman (2016)
Article on biofouling on BBC website…
Since 2017 Knowledge Exchange and Communications Manager. SAMS Research Services Ltd (part of the SAMS Group)
2014-17 Knowledge Exchange Fellow and Researcher in Marine Renewable Energy. SAMS
2014 NERC Marine Renewable Energy Knowledge Exchange Program Intern. SAMS
2006-08 Partnership Development. MEND (Mind, Exercis, Nutrition, Do it!). Central Ltd. London
2013 PhD Marine Science 'Offshore renewable energy structures as artificial islands: implications for dispersal, population connectivity, and biogeography of coastal species'. University of Aberdeen (UK)
2009 MSc Oceanography 'Offshore renewable energy structures as artificial islands: implications for dispersal, population connectivity, and biogeography of coastal species'. University of Southampton (UK)
2005 BA Biology, Concentration in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Cornell University (USA)
2005 BA French Cultural Studies. Cornell University (USA)