Jeffrey C. Miller
Professor, Entomologist

One of my primary activities involves studies on natural enemies of exotic insect pests, namely the spotted wing Drosophila and the brown marmorated stink bug. Another top prioity project involves Lepidoptera: associating caterpillars with food plants, identification, and photography. 

OSU Campus
Department of Horticulture
Department of Horticulture
4017 Ag Life Sciences Bldg Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
United States
(541) 737-5508

Research

Research projects have spanned all types of cropping systems, from cereals and vegetables to orchards, woodlands, and forests. These studies have been driven by exotic insect pests such as winter moth, gypsy moth, Russian wheat aphid, spotted wing Drosophila, and brown marmorated stink bug. The approach is to assess population suppression of the exotic pests by natural enemies, in particular, parasitoids and predators. International projects are a major component of current studies, searching for natural enemies of Drosophila and Halyomorpha, as well as studies on caterpillars. The primary countries of interest are Taiwan and Thailand.

Teaching

Over my 33-year career at OSU I have taught 15 different courses ranging from a one-time offering to over 15 times for a given course. The common theme of my courses is insect ecology, systematics, biodiversity, and pest management with an emphasis on biological control. Most recently I have taught Identification of Pest and Beneficial Insects, Biology of Parasitoids, and Identification of Insects. I have also taught Photoshop Techniques.

Biography

Academic Background
B.S. Entomology, University of California, Davis, 1973.
Ph.D. Entomology, University of California, Davis, 1977.
Major: insect ecology, biological control of insects.
Minor: plant ecology, population genetics.
University of California Regent's Fellowship, 1975-1976, 1976-1977.
U.C. Davis Jastro-Shields Research Scholarship, 1975-1976, 1976-1977.
U.C. Davis Departmental Teaching Assistantship, 1974-1975.
U.C. Davis Peter J. Shields Scholarship, offered 1974-1975; 1975-1976, declined.
U.C. Davis Departmental Citation for Outstanding Undergraduate Academic Achievement, 1973.
Member Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Society, 1973-1977.
B.S. degree granted with high honors, 1973.

Present Appointment
Professor, Department of Horticulture

Positions Held
Professor, Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University, 2011 -present.
Professor, Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management, Oregon State University, 2003 - 2011.
Professor, Department of Entomology, Oregon State University, 1991-2003.
Associate Professor, Department of Entomology, Oregon State University, 1984-1991.
Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, Oregon State University, 1979-1984.
Lecturer, Department of Entomology, University of California, Davis, 1979.
Post-Doctoral Research Scholar, Department of Entomology, University of California, Davis, 1977-1978.
Graduate Teaching Assistantships, Department of Entomology, University of California, Davis, 1973-1977.
Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Entomology, University of California, Davis, 1973-1974.
Laboratory Assistant, Department of Entomology, University of California, Davis, 1971-1972.

International Activities - Insect Biology, Management and Biodiversity
Africa: 2002.
Chile: 1977.
Costa Rica: 2003, 2004 (twice), 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009.
Ecuador: 1999, 2005 (twice), 2012.
Japan: 2006.
South Korea: 2006, 2009, 2011 (twice).
Taiwan: 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.
Thailand: 2008 (thrice), 2009, 2010 (twice), 2011(twice).
 

Publications

Publications:

In Prep (2012-2013)
Steven Highland, J.C. Miller, J. Jones. In Prep. The Distribution And Abundance Of Moths In The HJ Andrews Forest, Western Oregon:  Partitioning Temporal And Spatial Variability.

S.-W. Choi and J. C. Miller. In Prep. A Pan-Pacific Study of Species Richness and Abundance among Macromoths In Oregon and South Korea: Taxonomic, Temporal and Spatial Patterns.

Refereed articles
Moldenke, A.R., T. Dieterrich, H.-K. Luh, D. Lytle, J. C. Miller and C. VerLinden. 2012. Identificacion de arthropodos asistido por computador: Actualizacion de los programas de la Universidad del Estado de Oregon. pp. 162-167, In: Acarologia Latinoamericana, E.G. Estrada-Venegas, A. Equihua Martinez, J.A. Acuna Soto, M.P. Chaires Grijalva and G. Duran Ramirez (eds.). Primer Congreso Latinoamericano de Acarologia. Printed by Colegio de Postgraduados, Texcoco, Mexico 471 pp.

Jun Yu, W.-K. Wong, T. Dietterich, J. Jones, M. Betts, S. Frey, S. Shirley, J.C. Miller, M. White. 2011. Multi-label Classification for Multi-Species Distribution Modeling. Proceedings of the 28th International Conference on Machine Learning, Bellevue, WA, USA.

Miller, J.C. 2010. Insects and Relatives, pp. 270-274, In: Chapter 7: Oregon’s Fish and Wildlife In A Changing Environment, Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, Oregon Climate Assessment Report, K.D. Dello and P.W. Mote (eds). College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

Miller, J.C. 2009. International Collaboration On Biodiversity Research: A Practical, Conceptual, and Empirical Perspective. Naresuan Phayao Journal 2:1-12. Naresuan Phayao University.

E.M. Coombs, J.C. Miller, L.A. Andres, and C.E. Turner. 2008. Biological Control of Mediterranean Sage (Salvia aethiopis L.) Observations in Oregon: A Partial Success. Pp. 529-535, In: Proceedings of the 12th International Symposium on Weed Biological Control.

Books:
Miller, J.C. and P.C. Hammond. 2007. Butterflies and Moths of Pacific Northwest Forests and Woodlands: Rare, Endangered, and Management Sensitive Species. USDA, USFS, FHTET-2006-07.

Miller, J.C., D.H. Janzen, and W. Hallwachs. 2007. 100 Butterflies and Moths Portraits from the rainforests of Costa Rica. Harvard University Press.

Miller, J.C., D.H. Janzen, and W. Hallwachs. 2006. 100 Caterpillars Portraits From the Rainforests of Costa Rica. Harvard University Press.
 

Outreach and Extension

Numerous inquiries come across my desk regarding insect identification. I also give lectures to regional organizations on insect natural history and biodiversity.

Oral Presentations 
Classical Biological Control: Concepts and Applications. First International Symposium On Technological Development and Introduction of New Markets for Agriculture. Camara de Agricultura 1 Zona, Universitad San Francisco de Quito, Quito, Ecuador. 2012. J.C. Miller.

Baseline Protocols For Assessment of Climate Change and the Phenology of Agricultural Pests and Beneficials. First International Symposium On Technological Development and Introduction of New Markets for Agriculture. Camara de Agricultura 1 Zona, Universitad San Francisco de Quito, Quito, Ecuador. 2012. J.C. Miller.

Macrophotography of Insects With An Introduction to Digital Image Editing Using Photoshop. Universitad San Francisco de Quito, Quito Ecuador. 2012. J.C. Miller.

A Photographic Tour Of Adventures In Caterpillar Natural History. Universitad San Francisco de Quito, Quito Ecuador. 2012. J.C. Miller.

Digital Imaging of Caterpillars. Pacific Branch Meeting Entomological Society of America. Portland, Oregon. (2012). J.C. Miller.

Imaging Insects for an Automated Identification Website. Pacific Branch Meeting Entomological Society of America. Portland, Oregon. (2012). H.-K. Luh and J.C. Miller.

Transformation of Digital Images Into A Piece of Art: Metamorphosis of a Photo. Pacific Branch Meeting Entomological Society of America. Portland, Oregon. (2012). J.C. Miller.

Initiation of Classical Biological Control For Two Exotic Pests In Oregon. Pacific Branch Meeting Entomological Society of America. Portland, Oregon. (2012). J.C. Miller.

Exotic pest threats and Conservation. Oregon State University, Department of Horticulture and Crop and Soil Science. (2012). J.C. Miller

Thailand. Oregon State University, Department of Horticulture Seminar Series on International Travel. (2011). J.C. Miller.

Sampling Insects For Assessing Biodiversity In Agroecosystems and Wildlands. Phayao University, Phayao, Thailand, (2011). J.C. Miller.

The Caterpillars of Phayao Province: Ecological Role and Biodiversity. Phayao University, Thailand. (2011). J.C. Miller.

Considerations Regarding the Use Of GMO’s In Agricultural Systems. Phayao University, Thailand. (2011). J.C. Miller.

Symposium - Extra-Curricular Student Experiences in Entomological Education. What Do Caterpillars Have to do With It?  National Meeting Entomological Society of America. Reno, Nevada. (2011). J.C. Miller.

Butterfly Conservation: Local, Regional, and Global Issues. University of Phayao, Phayao, Thailand. (2011). J.C. Miller.

Insect Biodiversity: Integrating Taxonomy and Ecology. Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand. (2011). J.C. Miller.

Insect Biodiversity: Integrating Taxonomy and Ecology. Kasetsart University, Kam Phaen Saen, Thailand. (2011). J.C. Miller.

Monitoring Highly Speciose Moth Assemblages For Assessing Climate Dynamics. Portland State University, Portland, Oregon. (2010). J.C. Miller.

Pros and Cons Of GMO’s In Agricultural Systems. Phayao University, Thailand. (2010).

Sampling Insects For Assessing Biodiversity In Agroecosystems and Wildlands. Phayao University, Phayao, Thailand, (2010). J.C. Miller.

Sampling Insects For Assessing Biodiversity In Agroecosystems and Wildlands. Phayao University, Phayao, Thailand, (2009). J.C. Miller.

PhotoShop: Graphic Editing and The Digital Darkroom For Scientific Studies and A Love For Art. Phayao University, Phayao, Thailand. (2009). J.C. Miller.

Establishing Studies On Moth Biodiversity Into the K-12 Science Curriculum. Teachers In The Woods Science Program. Portland State University, Portland, Oregon. (2009). J.C. Miller.

Biology of Lepidoptera and Quantitative Analysis of Empirical Data For Assessment of Ecological Patterns. EISI Program, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. (2009). J.C. Miller.

A Digital Process For Species Identification For insects. Shanping Research Station, Taiwan Forestry Research Institute, Taipei, Taiwan. (2009). J.C. Miller

LTER Studies Focused on Lepidoptera and Climate dynamics. Taiwan Forestry Research Institute, Taipei, Taiwan. (2009). J.C. Miller

Integrating Quantitative Data on Caterpillars and Moths. Mokpo University, South Korea. (2009). J.C. Miller

Long-Term Monitoring of A Large Assemblage of Insects: Moths. Seoul Women’s University, South Korea. (2009). J.C. Miller

Lepidoptera Phenology and Climate Change. Seoul National University, South Korea. (2009). J.C. Miller

Natural History and Biodiversity of Insects. Incheon University, South Korea. (2009). J.C. Miller

Biology of Lepidoptera and Quantitative Analysis of Empirical Data For Assessment of Ecological Patterns. EISI Program, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. (2008). J.C. Miller.

Lepidoptera of the Pacific Northwest: Food For Thought. Society for Birds of Oregon and General Science. Eugene, Oregon. (2008). J.C. Miller

Biodiversity, Photography, and Teaching Natural History. Naresuan University, Phayao, Thailand. (2008). J.C. Miller.

Insect Biodiversity. Naresuan University, Phayao, Thailand. (2008). J.C. Miller.

Evolution, Adaptations and Caterpillar Survival. Ohio Lepidopterists Society. Columbus, Ohio (2008). J.C. Miller.

Adaptations in Caterpillars. Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand. (2008). J.C. Miller.

Digital Imaging - Process and Products. Ohio Lepidopterists Society. Columbus, Ohio (2008). J.C. Miller.

Biology of Lepidoptera and Quantitative Analysis of Empirical data For Assessment of Ecological Patterns. EISI Program, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. (2007). J.C. Miller.

Fun Fact

I have been awarded a variety of honors within local, regional, and global nature photography groups and teach photography/digital darkroom flow as part of my international collaborations.