Dr Cara Miller

Lecturer in Statistics - School of Science and Technology

Cara Miller

Phone: +61 2 6773 1750

Email: cmille28@une.edu.au


I am a quantitative ecologist interested in exploring ways to effectively monitor, measure and manage all aspects of biodiversity including species diversity, population dynamics, movement patterns, habitat status and use, and community/ecosystem profiles.  I am particularly interested in survey design, biodiversity indicators and conservation status assessments for remote, migratory and cryptic species. In addition, I have a passion for teaching – particularly ecological statistics – and supporting students in their studies and research.

Consultancy Interests

Biological statistics.

Teaching Areas

  • Statistics

Research Interests

Biological statistics, survey design, community analysis, biodiversity indicators, population dynamics (especially mark-recapture), marine science and ecosystem management, environmental policy, Pacific Islands


Brodie, G., C. Miller, H. Pippard, and T. Kami. 2016.  Species conservation in the Pacific Islands: taking effective steps forward. Pacific Conservation Biology 22(3) 201 - 202.

K. Brown, J. Seeto, M. Lal, and C. Miller.  2016.  Discovery of an important aggregation area for endangered scalloped hammerhead sharks. Pacific Conservation Biology 22(3) 242-248.

C. Miller, A. Batibasaga, P. Chand, S. Dulunaqio, M. Fox, S. Jupiter, W. Naisilisili, Y. Nand, S. Sharma-Gounder, and, B. Smith.  2016. Synthesis of disparate data sources to develop a baseline of cetacean diversity, common occurrence and community importance in Fijian waters.  Pacific Conservation Biology 22(3) 272-280.

C. Miller, A. Batibasaga, S. Sharma-Gounder, and P. Solomona. 2015. Low numbers of Oceania humpback whales moving through a historic migration route in the Fiji Islands.  South Pacific Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences, 33(1&2), 39-45.

N. Cribb, C. Miller, and L. Seuront.  2015. Towards a standardized approach of cetacean habitat: Past Achievements and Future Directions. Open Journal of Marine Science, 5, 335357.

C. Miller and M. Prideaux.  2013.  Proactive Cetacean Conservation in the Midst of ‘Data Deficiency’: Progress of the Convention on Migratory Species Cetacean Agreement in the Pacific Islands Region. Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy 16:1, 41-56.

N. Cribb, C. Miller, and L. Seuront.  2013. Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops aduncus) habitat preference in a heterogeneous, urban, coastal environment.  Aquatic biosystems 9:3.

N. Cribb, C. Miller and L. Seuront.  2012. Site fidelity and behaviour of spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris) in Moon Reef, Fiji Islands: implications for conservation.  Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, doi:10.1017/S0025315412000033

R. Leaper and C. Miller.  2011.  Management of Antarctic baleen whales amid past exploitation, current threats and complex marine ecosystems.  Antarctic Science doi:10.1017/S0954102011000708.

C. Miller and D. Baltz.  2009.  Environmental characterization of seasonal trends and foraging habitat of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in northern Gulf of Mexico bays.  Fisheries Bulletin 108:79–86.

C. Miller.  2009.  Current state of knowledge of cetacean threats, diversity and habitat in the Pacific Islands Region (updated).  UNEP/CMS/PIC2/Inf.6-01.

Research Supervision Experience

If you are interested in postgraduate studies in any aspect of applied biological statistics please contact me.