Department of Biology

Dr. Brian T. MillerMILLER
Professor

CONTACT:
E-mail: Brian.Miller@mtsu.edu
Phone: (615) 898-5635
Fax: (615) 898-5093
Office Location: SCI 1071
MTSU Box 60
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

EDUCATION:
B.S. (Fisheries and Wildlife), University of Missouri
M.A. (Biological Sciences), University of Missouri
Ph.D. (Zoology), Washington State University

RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Natural history studies of vertebrates, particularly amphibians and reptiles.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:
Miller, B. T. and J. L. Miller. 2005. Prevalence of physical abnormalities in Eastern Hellbender ( Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis) populations of middle Tennessee. Southeastern Naturalist 4:513-520.

Miller, B. T., J. W. Lamb, and J. L. Miller. 2005. The herpetofauna of Arnold Air Force Base in the Barrens of Tennessee. Southeastern Naturalist 4:51-62.

Miller, B. T. and M. L. Niemiller. 2005. The Tennessee Cave Salamander complex. Pp. 91-94 in: J. Schenck Brown and S. Simon, eds. 2005 NSS Convention Guidebook. National Speleological Society. Huntsville, Alabama.

Miller, B. T., and M. L. Niemiller. 2005. Pseudotriton ruber (Red Salamander). Reproduction. Herpetological Review 36:429.

Miller, B. T. and J. W. Lamb. 2004. A Tennessee conundrum: The Gopher Frog at Arnold Air Force Base. Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science 79:8-12.

Mynatt, M. and B. T. Miller. 2002. Feeding Habits of Seepage-Dwelling Dusky Salamanders ( Desmognathus fuscus) of Short Mountain, Cannon County, Tennessee. Journal Tennessee Academy of Science 77:88-90.

Pritts, G. and B. T. Miller. 2001. Identification of gray treefrog populations in middle Tennessee: chromosome counts from squashed tadpole tail tips. Journal Tennessee Academy of Sciences 76:65-67.

Mitchell, J. C., T. K. Pauley, D. I. Withers, P. V. Cupp, Jr., A. L. Braswell, B. T. Miller, S. M. Roble, and C. S. Hobson. 1999. Conservation status of the southern Appalachian Herpetofauna. Virginia Journal of Science 50:1-36.

Miller, B. T. and J. L. Miller. 1998. Gill structure in embryonic and hatchling zig-zag salamanders, Plethodon dorsalis. Herpetological Natural History 6:51-54.

Larsen, J. H. Jr., J. T. Beneski, Jr., and B. T. Miller. 1996. Structure and function of the hyolingual system in Hynobius and its bearing on the evolution of prey capture in terrestrial salamanders. Journal of Morphology 227:235-248.

Miller, B. T., and J. H. Larsen, Jr. 1990. Comparative kinematics of terrestrial prey capture in salamanders and newts (Amphibia:Urodela:Salamandridae). Journal of Experimental Zoology 256:135-153

Miller, B. T., and J. H. Larsen, Jr. 1989. Feeding performance in aquatic, postmetamorphic newts (Urodela:Salamandridae): are bidirectional flow systems necessarily inefficient? Canadian Journal of Zoology 67:2414-2421.

Murphy, M. E., B. T. Miller, and J. R. King. 1989. A structural comparison of fault bars with other feather defects known to be nutritionally induced. Canadian Journal of Zoology 67:1311-1317.

Peterson, C. R., D. E. Metter, B. T. Miller, R. F., Wilkinson, and M. S. Topping. 1988. Demography of the hellbender Cryptobranchus alleganiensis in the Ozarks. American Midland Naturalist 119:291-303.

Gasser, K. W., and B. T. Miller. 1986. Osmoregulation of larval blotched tiger salamanders, Ambystoma tigrinum melanostictum, in saline environments. Physiological Zoology 59:643-648.

Selected Technical Reports
Miller, B. T. and M. L. Niemiller. 2005. The Tennessee Cave Salamander complex: distribution, demography, and phylogenetics. Unpublished report, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Nashville, Tennessee. xii + 72 pps.

Miller, B. T., J. Spiess, and M. L. Niemiller. 2005. Inventory of amphibians and reptiles of Stones River National Battlefield. Unpublished report, United States Park Service. vii + 32 pps.

Graduate Student Theses
16. Wyckoff, G. Richie. 2006. Migratory patterns and demographics of a diverse ambystomatid community at Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee.

15. Spiess, Jeremy K. 2004. An inventory of the herpetofauna of Stones River National Battlefield, Tennessee.

14. Gerald, Gary. 2003. Habitat use, activity patterns, and home range analysis of the northern pine snake, Pituophis melanoleucus melanoleucus, at Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee.

13. West, Adrienne . 2003. The prevalence of Salmonella enterica enterica (subspecies I) in captive and wild reptiles.

12. Berthel, Tamara. 2002. Seasonal activity of the common snapping turtle, Chelydra serpentina, in a seasonally drying wetland.

11. Samoray, Steve. 2002. Bat utilization of Barrens restoration sites on Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee.

10. Lamb, John. 2001. Movement of the slider, Trachemys scripta elegans, at Black Fox Wetland in middle Tennessee

9. Regester, Kurt. 2000. Chemosensory assessment of predation risk in plethodontid salamanders: snake cue detection, predator diet sensitivity, and refuge use.

8. Dowd, Stacy. Shapiro. 1997. A Skeletochronological study of Desmognathus fuscus (Family: Plethodontidae).

7. Garrison, R. Gregg. 1996. The ontogeny of the dentition in the spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum).

6. Dowd, Peter. 1996. A Skeletochronological study of Plethodon mississippi (Family: Plethodontidae) from Carroll, Gibson, and Henderson Counties, Tennessee.

5. Morgan, Katie. 1996. The ontogeny of the dentition of the marbled salamander, Ambystom opacum.

4. Pritts, Gary. 1995. Identification and distribution of the gray treefrog complex ( Hyla chrysoscelis/Hyla versicolor) in the Central Basin of middle Tennessee.

3. Varner, Murlin. 1995. Demographics of a turtle community in an urban wetland in middle Tennessee.

2 . Mynatt, Melissa. 1992. The diet of seepage dwelling plethodontids of Short Mountain, Cannon County, Tennessee (Amphibia:Urodela:Plethodontidae)

1. Candella, Nancy. 1991. The ontogeny of the dentition of the red-spotted newt, Notophtalmus viridescens.


PROFESSIONAL SERVICE:
Caudata Section Editor, SSAR Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles.

GRADUATE PROGRAM ROLE:
Teaches graduate courses; Serves as thesis advisor to and committee member to M.S. degree students.