Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies

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SF State's bayside marine and estuarine research facility.

Nathan Miller - Adjunct Professor

Physiological Ecology
Romberg Tiburon Center and Department of Biology

Phone: (415) 435-7113

Nathan Miller

Research Interests
My research is fundamentally focused on understanding how organisms, populations, and communities respond to human induced changes in habitat. A consistent theme of my work is a focus on mechanism, both physiological and biophysical, to generate concrete/testable predictions about how organisms and communities will respond to future changes in the environment. In particular, I am interested in identifying the costs associated with responding to environmental stress and how variation in this response may influence individual fitness, patterns of dispersal, population connectedness, and ultimately community composition in a changing world. In the pursuit of this goal I have worked with hummingbirds, sea turtles, intertidal crustaceans (crabs and copepods), marine mollusks (limpets), and estuarine bivalves (clams and oysters) and more recently Antarctic fish and amphipods. My current research includes examining how early life history stages of Antarctic fish respond to ocean acidification and warming, how thermal tolerance in intertidal limpets responds to environmental predictability, and the fitness consequences of environmental stress in Caprellids.


Selected Papers

Miller, NA, X. Chen*, JH Stillman. 2014. Metabolic physiology of the invasive clam, Potamocorbula amurensis: The interactive role of temperature, salinity, and food availability. PLoS ONE 9(3): doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0091064


Miller, NA, JH Stillman. 2013. Role of salinity and temperature in Corbula amurensis energetics in the upper San Francisco Bay Estuary. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 476:129-139.


Ceballos-Osuna, L*, HA Carter*, NA Miller, JH Stillman. 2013. Effects of ocean acidification on early life history stages of the intertidal porcelain crab Petrolisthes cinctipes (Randal, 1839). J. Exp. Biol. 216: 1405-1411.


Carter, HA*, L Ceballos-Osuna*, NA Miller, JH Stillman. 2013. Impact of ocean acidification on the metabolism and energetics of early life stages in the intertidal porcelain crab Petrolisthes cinctipes. J. Exp. Biol. 216: 1412-1422.


Miller, NA, AW Paganini*, JH Stillman. 2012. Differential thermal tolerance and energetic trajectories during ontogeny in porcelain crabs, genus Petrolisthes. J. Therm. Biol. 10.1016/j.jtherbio.2012.11.005


Miller, NA, JH Stillman. 2012. Physiological Optima and Critical Limits. Nature Education Knowledge. 3(5): 1


Miller, NA, JH Stillman. 2011. Neural thermal performance in porcelain crabs, genus Petrolisthes. Physiol. Biochem. Zool. 85:29-39


Rais, A*, NA Miller, JH Stillman. 2010. No evidence for homeoviscous adaptation in intertidal snails: analysis of membrane fluidity during thermal acclimation, thermal acclimatization, and across thermal microhabitats. Marine Biology, DOI 10.1007/s00227-010-1505-6.



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