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.

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

Research Supervision Experience

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


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.

Consultancy Interests

Biological statistics.