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Elizabeth C. Miller 

NSF Postdoctoral Fellow 

Arcila and Betancur-R Labs


Ph.D., University of Arizona 

Research Interests

Why do some groups of organisms have more species than others? The goal of my research is to identify processes and events responsible for present-day patterns in species richness. I combine techniques including phylogenetic estimation using genomic data, phylogenetic comparative methods, database mining, simulations, interpreting the fossil record, and micro-CT scanning preserved specimens. The diversity of ray-finned fishes provides much of the inspiration for my research as they include >30,000 species spanning the globe and all aquatic habitats. 

Representative Publications

  • Miller, E. C. 2021. Comparing diversification rates in lakes, rivers, and the sea. Evolution, 75: 2055–2073.
  • Miller, E. C., S. L. Mesnick, and J. J. Wiens. 2021. Sexual dichromatism is decoupled from diversification over deep time in fishes.The American Naturalist, 198: 232–252.
  • Miller, E. C. and C. Román-Palacios. 2021. Evolutionary time best explains the latitudinal diversity gradient of living freshwater fish diversity. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 30: 749–763.
  • Miller, E. C., K. T. Hayashi, D. Song, and J. J. Wiens. 2018. Explaining the ocean’s richest biodiversity hotspot and global patterns of fish diversity. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 285: 20181314.