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Miller, Scott E.

Senior Biodiversity Advisor and Senior Research Entomologist

Systematics of Lepidoptera (moths); biogeography of Pacific Basin, New Guinea, and Africa; plant-insect community ecology

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Public Biography

  • Scott Miller is Senior Biodiversity Advisor and Senior Research Entomologist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.  He previously held a series of leadership positions in the Smithsonian Institution central administration, including Deputy Under Secretary for Collections and Interdisciplinary Support and Deputy Under Secretary for Science, and served as Associate Director for Science at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park and Interim Director of Smithsonian Libraries and Archives. Before coming to Smithsonian, Miller held leadership positions at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology in Nairobi, Kenya, and the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is co-chair of the US Government’s Interagency Working Group on Scientific Collections. He helped establish and lead the Consortium for the Barcode of Life—an international network developing DNA-based identification tools to make biodiversity information more widely available. Many of his activities focus on mobilizing information from museum collections, and his research focuses on the integration of systematics, ecology, biogeography and conservation of insects and plants. Miller has a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

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