Dr. Jessica Miller

PROGRAM DIRECTOR (Oregon State University)

Professor, Fisheries & Wildlife
Oregon State University (OSU)

Phone: (541) 867 0381 | Email: jessica.miller@oregonstate.edu


  • Member – Marine and Andromous Fisheries Ecology
  • Member – Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station


University of Oregon, Charleston, OR (2004)
PhD, Biology

University of Washington, Seattle, WA (1993)
MS, Fisheries

University of Montana, Missoula, MT (1989)
BA, Zoology

Research Interests

  1. Marine ecology
  2. Fisheries science
  3. Otolith chemistry
  4. Mixing and migration, early life history

Selected Publications

  1. Almeida, L.Z.; Laurel, B.J.; Thalmann*, H.L.; Miller, J.A. 2024. Warmer, earlier, faster: Cumulative effects of Gulf of Alaska heatwaves on the early life history of pacific cod. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene. 12(1).
  2. Pelekai, K.N.; Hess, J.E.; Weitkamp, L.A.; Lampman, R.T.; Miller, J.A. 2023. Evaluation of pacific lamprey statoliths for age estimation across their life cycle. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 43(6):1610-1622.
  3. Carlton, J.T., Chapman, J.W., Geller, J.G., Miller, J.A., Carlton, D.A., McCuller, M.I., Treneman, N., Steves, B. P., Ruiz, G.M. 2017. Tsunami-driven rafting: Transoceanic species dispersal and implications for marine biogeography. Science. 357:1402-1406.
  4. Matta, M. E., Miller, J. A., Short, J., Helser, T., Hurst, T. P. Rand, K., Ormseth, O. 2017. Spatial and temporal variation in otolith elemental signatures of age-0 Pacific cod (Gadus macrocephalus) in the Gulf of Alaska. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography.
  5. **Ta, N., Miller, J. A., Chapman, J. C., Pleus, A. E., Calvanese, T., Miller-Morgan, T., Burke, J., and Carlton, J. T. C. Accepted pending revisions. The Western Pacific barred knifejaw, Oplegnathus fasciatus (Temminck & Schlegel, 1844) (Pisces: Oplegnathidae) arriving with tsunami debris on the Pacific coast of North America. Aquatic Invasions. 
  6. *Litz, M. C. N., Miller, J. A., Copeman, L. A., and Hurst, T. P. 2017. Effects of dietary fatty acids on juvenile salmon growth, biochemistry, and aerobic performance: a laboratory rearing experiment. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology.
  7. Miller, J. A., Peterson, W. T., Du, X. N., Morgan, C. A., and *Litz, M. N. C. 2017. Temporal variation in the biochemical ecology of lower trophic levels in the Northern California Current: implications for mid-level trophic productivity. Progress in Oceanography.
  8. *Fedewa, E. J., Miller, J. A., Hurst, T. P., and Jiang, D. 2017. The potential effects of pre-settlement processes on post-settlement growth and survival of juvenile northern rock sole (Lepidopsetta polyxystra) in Gulf of Alaska nursery habitats. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science.
  9. *Litz, M. N.C., Miller, J. A., Copeman, L. A., Teel, D. J., Weitkamp, L. A., Daly, E. A., and Claiborne, A. M. 2017. Ontogenetic shifts in the diets of juvenile Chinook salmon: new insight from stable isotopes and fatty acids. Environmental Biology of Fishes.  
  10. *Smith, W. D., Miller, J. A., Fernando Márquez-Farías, J., and Heppell, S. S. 2016. Elemental signatures reveal the geographic origins of a highly migratory shark: prospects for measuring population connectivity. Marine Ecology Progress Series.
  11. Burke, B. J., Anderson, J. J., Miller, J. A., *Tomaro, L., Banas, N. S., and Baptista, A. M. 2016. Estimating behavior in a black box: How coastal oceanographic dynamics influence yearling Chinook salmon marine growth and migration behaviors. Environmental Biology of Fishes. 99(8):671-686.
  12. *Marin Jarrin, J. R. Teel, D. J., and Miller, J. A. 2016. Stock-specific movement and distribution of juvenile Chinook salmon, Oncorhynchus tshawytscha, in sandy beach surf zones of Oregon and Washington, USA. Estuaries and Coasts.
  13. *Fedewa, E. J., Miller, J. A., Hurst, T. P. 2015. Pre-settlement processes of northern rock sole (Lepidopsetta polyxystra) in relation to interannual variability in the Gulf of Alaska. Journal of Sea Research.
  14. *Marin Jarrin, J. R. and Miller, J. A. 2015. Spatial variability of the surf zone fish and macroinvertebrate community within Oregon dissipative sandy beaches, U.S.A. Marine Ecology.
  15. Hart, L. M., Bond, M. H., May-McNally, S. L., Miller, J. A., and Quinn, T. P. 2015. Use of otolith microchemistry and stable isotopes to investigate the ecology and anadromous migrations of Northern Dolly Varden from the Egegik River, Bristol Bay, Alaska. Environmental Biology of Fishes. DOI 10.1007/s10641-015-0389-1. [PDF]
  16. Bond, M. H., Miller, J. A., and Quinn, T. P. 2015. Beyond dichotomous life histories in partially migrating populations: Cessation of anadromy in a long-lived salmonid. Ecology 96(7):1899-1910.
  17. Miller, J. A., *DiMaria, R. A., Hurst, T.P. 2014. Patterns of larval source distribution and mixing in early life stages of Pacific cod (Gadus macrocephalus) in the southeastern Bering Sea. Deep-Sea Research II. [PDF]
  18. *Losee, J. P. Miller, J. A., Peterson, W. T., Teel, D. J., and Jacobson, K. C. 2014. Influence of ocean ecosystem variability on trophic interactions and survival of juvenile coho and Chinook salmon. Canadian Journal of Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences 71:1747-1757. [PDF]
  19. *Claiborne, A. M., Miller, J. A, Weitkamp, L. A., Teel, D. J., Emmett, R. L. 2014. Evidence for selective mortality in marine environments: the role of fish migration size, timing, and production type. Marine Ecology Progress Series 515:187-2014. [PDF]
  20. Calder, D. R., Choong, H.H. C., Carlton, J. T., Chapman, J. W., Miller, J. A., Geller, J. 2014. Additional hydroids (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa) from Japanese tsunami debris stranding in the northwestern United States. Aquatic Invasions 9:425-440. [PDF]
  21. *Liberoff, A. L., Quiroga, A. P., Riva-Rossi, C. M., Miller, J. A., Pascual, M. A. 2014. Influence of maternal habitat choice, environment and spatial distribution of juveniles on their propensity for anadromy in a partially anadromous population of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Ecology of Freshwater Fish. doi:10.1111/eff.12157. [PDF]
  22. Miller, J. A., Teel, D. J., Peterson, W. T., and Baptista, A. 2014. Assessing the relative importance of local and regional processes on the survival of a threatened salmon population. PLOS ONE. [PDF]
  23. Daly, E. A., Scheurer, J. A., Brodeur, R. D., Weitkamp, L. A., Beckman, B. R., and Miller, J. A. 2014. Juvenile steelhead distribution, migration, feeding, and growth in the Columbia River estuary, plume, and coastal waters. Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science 6:1, 62-80. [PDF]
  24. *Liberoff, A. L., Miller, J. A., Riva Rossi, C. M., Hidalgo, F. J., Fogel, M. L., and Pascual, M. A. 2014. Transgenerational effects of anadromy on juvenile growth traits in an introduced population of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Canadian Journal of Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences. 71:398-407. [PDF]


Dr. Jessica Miller is an Associate Professor at Oregon State University in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and is a member of the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station. She has over 15 years of experience in the early life history of marine and anadromous fishes. Her research combines various methodologies, including otolith chemical and structural, genetic, and time-series analyses, to provide novel information on the life histories of fishes.

Dr. Miller’s current research projects are focused on identifying mechanisms regulating early ocean survival in Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) and examining larval source contribution and patterns of dispersal in Pacific cod (Gadus macrocephalus).

NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center
University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Lead Institution)
(410) 651-7870
Award numbers: FY 2021 Award #NA21SEC4810005
Funding Agency: NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority-Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI)

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