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Tom Miller appointed to National Academies board to help guide coastal science

April 24, 2019

Chesapeake Biological Laboratory Director Tom Miller has been appointed to the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine's Ocean Studies Board, a standing committee that explores the science, policies, and infrastructure needed to understand, manage, and conserve coastal and marine environments and resources.

In addition to exercising leadership within the ocean community, the Board undertakes studies requested by federal agencies, Congress, or by its own members to explore such topics as the ocean's role in the global climate system, technology and infrastructure needs for ocean research, and fisheries science, management and policy. Recent peer-reviewed studies include “The Use of Dispersants in Marine Oil Spill Responses,” “A Research Review of Interventions to Increase the Persistence and Resilience of Coral Reefs," and “A Review of Marine Recreational Fisheries Information Program” on which Miller was a member.  

Miller, a professor of fisheries science, has been a leader in the development of approaches to manage several Chesapeake Bay species, including crabs, menhaden, and striped bass, combining laboratory, field and modeling approaches to address questions of interest to society. Most recently, his research has focused on both the effects of ocean acidification on blue crab, recruitment issues in menhaden and striped bass and stakeholder involvement in recreational fisheries.

He serves on the Scientific and Statistical Committees of the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Committee, and is a scientific advisor to the Potomac River Fisheries Commission. Miller has served on several National Academy Panels. 

Ocean Studies Board members are appointed at-large from the scientific community, including academics, corporate leaders, and NGOs, for a three-year term. UMCES has a tradition of service on the Ocean Studies Board. Past members include President Emeritus Don Boesch and Professor Emeritus Ed Houde.