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R. Michael Miller

Bldg: 203 Room: E161
9700 South Cass Avenue
Argonne, Illinois 60439

Phone: (630) 252-3395

Fax: (630) 252-8895

Research Highlights

> Education:

  • 1975 Ph.D., Illinois State University, Botany and Mycology
  • 1971 M.S., Illinois State University, Biological Sciences
  • 1969 B.S., Colorado State University, Botany

> Professional Experience:

  • 2005-current
Senior Terrestrial Ecologist, Biosciences Division, Argonne National Laboratory
  • 2007-current
Senior Fellow, Institute for Genomic & Systems Biology, University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory
  • 2006-2008
Deputy Division Director, Biosciences Division, Argonne National Laboratory
  • 2005-current 
Section Head, Environmental Sciences Section, Biosciences Division, Argonne National Laboratory
  • 2002-2005
Terrestrial Sciences Section Head, Environmental Research Division
  • 1997-2005
Senior Ecologist, Environmental Research Div., Argonne National Laboratory
  • 1986-current 
Terrestrial Ecology Group Leader, Environmental Research Division
  • 1980-1996
Terrestrial Ecologist, Argonne National Laboratory
  • 1977-1980
Assistant Biologist, Argonne National Laboratory
  • 1975-1977
Post Doctoral Fellow, Argonne National Laboratory
  • 1988-current 
Lecturer, Committee on Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago
  • 1994-1998
Adjunct Professor, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina
  • 1993-1999
Research Associate, Fundación Maquipucuna, Quito, Ecuador
  • 1972-summer
NSF Pre-doctoral Fellow, Plant Physiology Group, Biology Division, Argonne National Laboratory
  • 1969-1975
Research and teaching assistant, Biological Sciences Department, Illinois State University
  • 1969-summer
County Extension Plant Pathologist, Denver and Arapaho County, CO
  • 1967-1969
Research assistant, Botany and Plant Pathology Dept., Colorado State University

> Research Interests:

Mechanisms of adaptation in plants and mycorrhizal fungi as influenced by climate change and disturbance; Effects of mycorrhizal fungi on vegetation and soil community structure and function; Ecophysiology of mycorrhizal plants and their fungi; Application of molecular tools to understanding rhizosphere mechanisms. Plant and microbial influences on soil structure; Microbial contributions to carbon accrual in soils; Grassland restoration ecology; Sustainable of biofuel feedstocks.

> Awards, Honors:

  • Outstanding Mentor, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Undergraduate Research Programs, 2008
  • Pacesetter Award, Argonne National Laboratory (1986)
  • Phi Sigma Award for outstanding dissertation research (1975)

> Other Professional Activities

Society offices and committees:

  • Student awards committee chair or member, Soil Ecology Society Meeting, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005    
  • Chairperson or member, Distinguished Scientist Award Committee, Soil Ecology Society, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2005
  • Member, organizing committee, Soil Ecology Society meetings, 1999 and 2005
  • Nominations Committee, Soil Ecology Society, 1997
  • Plenary Speakers Committee, 1st International Conference on Mycorrhizae, Univ. of California, Berkeley, August 1996
  • Public Affairs Representative of the Mycological Society of America to the American Institute of Biological Sciences (two 3 yr terms, 1986-1992)
  • Nominated for Chairperson, Microbiology Section, Botanical Society of America, 1983
  • Nominated for Section Chair, Soil Ecology Section, Ecological Society of America, 1995

Panels and Advisory Committees:

  • Member, The Director’s Competitive Grants LDRD Panel, Argonne National Laboratory, 2008-2010
  • Member, Joint Genome Institute Laboratory Science Program, Fungal Genomics Steering Committee (2005 – 2008)
  • Member Joint Genome Institute Laboratory Science Program, Metagenomics Steering Committee (2006 – 2008)
  • Member, US EPA 2005 STAR Panel, Nonlinear Responses to Global Change in Linked Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecosystems and Effects of Multiple Factors on Terrestrial Ecosystems, January 2006.
  • Member, Technical advisory committee for Ecosystem Management Projects (SEMP), Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP), US DOD, 2003-2006.
  • Panel member, Selection of USDOE/BER NIGEC/NICCR Regional Research Centers, 2005
  • Panel member, USDOE/BER Poplar Genome Based Research, 2005
  • Steering committee, Nutrient Farming along the Illinois River, the Wetland Initiative, 2004-present
  • Panel member, DOE/BER Global Climate Research Graduate Fellowship Program, 2002
  • Panel member, Management Review of NIGEC Midwest Regional Center, 2002
  • Member, National Committee for identifying need and preparation of a proposal for the building of a distributed network of Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Facilities USDOE/BER, 2001
  • Review panel member, Biosphere II, Future research directions, 2001.
  • Site Review Panel Member for USDOE/BER Cedar Creek BIOCON Project, 2001
  • Member, Carbon Sequestration Panel, USDOE/BER, 2000
  • Panel Member, USDOE Global Climate Research Graduate Fellowship Program, 1999
  • Panel Member, USDA-NRI Soils and Soil Biology Panel, Competitive Grants Program, 1998
  • Panel Member, USDA-NRI Soils and Soil Biology Panel, Competitive Grants Program, 1997
  • Panel Member, NSF Special Competition for Global Climate Research, 1996
  • Panel Member, NSF Special Competition for Global Climate Research, 1995
  • Member, Chicago Wilderness Science Team, Research Committee, 1994-present
  • Panel Member, USEPA, Evaluation of ecological and non-target effects of transgenic plants, 1992
  • Panel Member, NSF Special Competition in Conservation and Restoration Biology, 1991
  • Panel Member, USDA Competitive Grants Program in Plant Production and Protection, 1990

Other activities:

  • Workshop Participant, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, “Narrowing the gap between theory and practice in mycorrhizal management”, 2005-2007.
  • Member, INDO-US Workshop on Molecular Biology and Biotechnological Applications of Mycorrhizal Fungi.  March 23-26, 2003, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.  Sponsored by NSF Science and Technology Cooperation Program for Scientists and Engineers and India’s Department of Science and Technology (DST India).
  • Visiting Lecturer, Microbial Ecology Course, Department of Microbiology, Swedish Agricultural University, Uppsala, Sweden, 2000.
  • Instructor for the 2nd International Conference on Mycorrhizae pre-conference workshop on Development and Function of the Mycelium of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi, July 1-4, 1998, Dept. of Microbiology, SLU, Uppsala, Sweden.
  • Advisor to the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in the area of Restoration Ecology, 1997
  • Organized and conducted workshop on “Methods used in Soil Ecology Research” presented in Quito, Ecuador at the Fundacion Maquipucuna in May 1996 as part of the MacArthur Foundation Funded Project. (with D. Coleman and C. Rhodes, University of Georgia)
  • Member of Steering Committee, Mycorrhizal Inoculum Project, BAIF - India, Sponsored by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa, Canada, 1993-1996
  • Mentor, NSF sponsored Junior High School Teachers research participation project, 1994
  • Scientific advisor to the National Geographic Society, 1993
  • Editorial Board, Restoration and Management Notes, University of Wisconsin Press, 1985-1989
  • Organized workshop on "Using Mycorrhizae in Plant Research" held at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, for the AIBS meetings, 1986 (with R. Koske).
  • Member advisory committee, University of Wisconsin Arboretum, Restoration and Research Directions at the Arboretum, 1984
  • Member of Plant-Soils Interactions Committee for identifying research needs for Surface Mined Lands, Western United States for the USDA, 1982
  • Member, Soils Section Steering Committee for identify research needs in acid rain research at the National Laboratories, 1982

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