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May 11, 2006

Dr. Arnie Miller, Paleontologist, and Professor and Head of the Department of Geology, University of Cincinnati, and Adjunct Curator, Cincinnati Museum of Natural History, 5/10/06

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Dr. Arnie Miller is a paleontologist at the University of Cincinnati, where he has been a faculty member since completing his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1986. Currently, Dr. Miller is Professor and Head of the Department of Geology, a Fellow of the Graduate School, and an Adjunct Curator at the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History. He is a former editor of Paleobiology, which is widely regarded as the preeminent peer-reviewed journal in the field of paleontology, and he is currently an associate editor of the Journal of Geology, Palaios, and Palaeoworld.

Dr. Miller’s current research focuses on the history of biodiversity throughout geological time at regional and global scales. In particular, he is has sought to calibrate and understand the biological effects of major global episodes of species diversification (radiations) and decline (mass extinctions). Partly as an outgrowth of these efforts, he became a charter member in 1998 of the Paleobiology Database project, a web-hosted effort to capture data from the fossil record of life in cyberspace. The project has expanded to include over 200 scientists from around the world, and Dr. Miller currently serves on the Steering Committee that oversees the collaboration. Dr. Miller’s research has been published in Science, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Paleobiology, Geology, Journal of Geology, Palaios, and several other journals, and his work has been funded by NASA, NSF, NOAA, and the American Chemical Society (Petroleum Research Fund).

Dr. Miller is co-author, with Michael Foote (University of Chicago), of the forthcoming book, Principles of Paleontology, 3rd ed. (W.H. Freeman and Company; Summer 2006). He is also organizing the North American Paleontological Convention, a quadrennial event that will take place at the University of Cincinnati in 2009, coinciding with the bicentennial of the birth of Charles Darwin and the sesquicentennial of the publication of The Origin of Species.

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