About

Benjamin G. Miner

Curriculum Vitae

 

Address:

Western Washington University

Phone:

(360)650-3640

 

biology Department

Fax:

(360)650-3148

 

516 High Street

Email:

benjamin.miner@wwu.edu

 

Bellingham, WA 98225-9160

Webpage

http://myweb.facstaff.wwu.edu/~minerb2/

 

Education:

Ph.D.

Department of Zoology, University of Florida (1998-2003)

 

Co-advisors: Larry McEdward, Colette St. Mary & Craig Osenberg

 

Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington (1996, 1998-99)

B.A.

Marine Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz (1993-1996)

 

Advisors: John Pearse and Grant Pogson

 

Irvine Valley College (1990-1992)

 

Scientific Work Experience:

2011-present

Associate Professor: Western Washington University

 

2012-2013

Visiting Scholar: Monash University, Australia (Host: Dustin Marshall)

 

2006-2011

Assistant Professor: Western Washington University

 

2003-2006

Postdoctoral Associate: Bodega Marine Laboratory, University of California, Davis

 

 

Advisor: Steven Morgan

 

2003-2006

Postdoctoral Affiliate: Center for Population Biology, University of California, Davis

 

 

Advisor: Rick Grosberg

 

2002

Research Assistant: University of Florida

 

 

Advisor: Gustav Paulay & David Julian

 

2002

Field technician for the assessment of invasive species within the intertidal zone of the

 

 

Washington coast, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary

 

1998-2002

Visiting Researcher: Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington

1999-2001

Research Assistant: University of Florida

 

 

Advisor: Larry McEdward

 

1999-2000

Visiting Researcher: Bodega Marine Laboratories, University of California, Davis

 

1996-97

Research Technician: University of California, Santa Barbara

 

 

Advisor: Steve Gaines

 

1996

Internship: Summer Systematic Institute, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA

 

 

Advisor: Rich Mooi

 

       

 

Teaching Experience:

Western Washington University

        Number of times taught is in parentheses

2010-2011 (2)

Instructor: Current Research Marine Science, Biology 505

2007-10 (4)

Instructor: Fundamentals of Biological Research, Biology 501

2007-15 (7)

Instructor: Invertebrate Zoology, Biology 460

2010-14 (3)

Co-instructor: Tropical Marine Biology, Biology 437A&B

2010-12 (4)

Co-instructor: Introduction to Tropical Marine Biology, Biology 397A

2006-15 (9)

Instructor: Marine Ecology, Biology 407

2007-16 (10)

Instructor: Biometrics, Biology 340

2009-10 (2)

Instructor: Introduction to Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity, Biology 204

University of California, Davis, Bodega Marine Laboratory

2004 & 05

Course Organizer: Ecology Seminar

2004 & 05

Guest Instructor: Marine Ecology

University of Washington, Friday Harbor Laboratories

2002

Teaching Assistant: Invertebrate Zoology

University of Florida

2002-03

Teaching Assistant: Invertebrate Zoology

2001

Teaching Assistant: Integrative Principles

2000

Teaching Assistant: Genetics

1999

Teaching Assistant: Evolution

1998

Teaching Assistant: Biological Science Core Lab (spring and fall)

 

Grants-In-Aid of Research, Teaching, and Awards:

2016

Pilot grant (WWU), Testing alternative hypotheses for the cause of sea star wasting disease, co-authored with Marion Brodhagen. ($4,000)

2016

Faculty Development Summer Grant Award ($4,000)

2015

Recovery of sea star populations from mass mortality cause by sea star wasting disease,
co-PI with Shawn Arellano and Robin Kodner.  Sea Grant WA ($241,618) Declined

2012 & 14

Development course grant, co-authored with Deborah Donovan and Alejandro Acevedo ($1,500)

2013

RAPID: Collaborative Research: Investigation of microbial roles in Pacific Asteroidea wasting disease, co-PI with Ian Hewson. National Science Foundation ($25,950 portion to WWU)

2013

Proposal to assess the prevalence and virulence of sea star Wasting Syndrome along the Washington Coast, co-PI with Melissa Miner.  Sea Grant WA ($6,545)

2013

Pilot grant (WWU), Estimating the extend of a recent outbreak of wasting disease in sea stars in the Salish Sea ($4,000)

2010

Student Technology Fee Award, Western Washington University, co-authored with David Leaf and Joann Otto ($43,700)

2010

Development course grant, co-authored with Deborah Donovan and Alejandro Acevedo ($1,500)

2009

Student Technology Fee Award, Western Washington University, co-authored with David Leaf, Sandra Schulze, and Anu Singh-Cundy ($59,690)

2009

RUI: The evolutionary and ecological consequences of prey density and inducible defenses. National Science Foundation ($247,000) Declined

2008

Student Technology Fee Award, Western Washington University, co-authored with David Shull and Steve Sulkin ($3,300)

2008

Student Technology Fee Award, Western Washington University, co-authored with Nicole Hoekstra and Bernard Housen ($47,780)

2008

RUI: Understanding how density and condition dependent responses affect indirect interactions. National Science Foundation ($195,728) Declined

2008

Travel Grant, Western Washington University

2007

RUI: A Dynamic Website of Natural History Information for Species of the Pacific Northwest ($211,886) Declined

2007

NSF- MRI: Acquisition of Instrumentation Supporting Quantitative Spectral and Image Analysis, Primary PI David Leaf, and co-PIs Sandra Schulze, Marion Brodhagen, & Craig Moyer. National Science Foundation ($208,067)

2007

Student Technology Fee Award, Western Washington University, co-authored with Deborah Donovan ($39,000)

2007

Summer Teaching Grant, Western Washington University ($5,000)

2007

Travel Grant, Western Washington University

2006

Summer Research Grant, Western Washington University ($5,000)

2004 & 05

NSF-Biological Oceanography, co-authored with Steven Morgan. REU Supplement: Morphological plasticity as a defense against multiple predators ($8,429)

2004

NSF-Evolutionary and Ecological Physiology, co-PI Dianna Padilla. Complex Life-Histories in Marine Benthic Invertebrates: Graduate Student Support. SICB, January 2005 ($8,000)

2004

NSF-Biological Infrastructure, co-authored with Peter Connors and Susan Williams. A Dynamic Internet Database of Marine and Terrestrial Biota at Bodega Marine Laboratory ($7,872)

2003-07

NSF-Biological Oceanography, co-authored with Steven Morgan. Morphological plasticity as a defense against multiple predators ($183,860, 3 yr), with one-year no-cost extension

2003

McLaughlin Dissertation Fellowship, University of Florida ($3,750)

2002

Alan J. Kohn Fellowship, University of Washington ($2,500)

2002

Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Grant in Aid of Research ($460)

1999

Sigma Xi Grant in Aid of Research ($560)

1998-2003

Travel Grant, Department of Zoology, University of Florida ($200-500)

1998 & 99

Robert L. Fernald Fellowship, University of Washington ($1,500)

1997-99

Grinter Fellowship, University of Florida ($3,000)

1997

Team Incentive Award, University of California, Santa Barbara ($1,000)

1996

Jane McHenry Student Award, University of California, Santa Cruz ($300)

 

Publications:

** Indicates undergraduate student co-author.

*Indicates graduate student co-author.

**Kohl, W.T, **T.I. McClure, and B.G. Miner. 2016. Decreased Temperature Facilitates Short-Term Sea Star Wasting Disease Survival in the Keystone Intertidal Sea Star Pisaster ochraceus. Plos One.

Morgan, S.G, *S.A. Gravem, **A.C.  Lipus, **M. Grabiel, and B.G. Miner. In press. Trait-mediated indirect effects by residents of rocky shore tidepools.  Marine Ecology Progress Series

Hewson, I., *J.B. Button, *B.M. Gudenkauf, B.G.Miner, A.L. Newton, J.K. Gaydos, J.Wynne, C.L. Groves, G. Hendler, M. Murray, S. Fradkin, M. Breitbart, E. Fahsbender, K. D. Lafferty, A.M. Kilpatrick, C.M. Miner, P. Raimondi, L. Lahner, C.S. Friedman, S. Daniels, M. Haulena, J. Marliave, C.A. Burge, *M.E. Eisenlord, C.D. Harvell. 2014. Densovirus associated with sea-star wasting disease and mass mortality. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111:17278-17283. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1416625111

Miner, B.G., D.A. Donovan, **L.M. Portis, **T.C. Goulding. 2013. Whelks induce an effective defense against sea stars. Marine Ecology Progress Series 493: 195-206. DOI: 10.3354/meps10501

*Grason, E.W., B.G. Miner. 2013. Preference Alters Consumptive Effects of Predators: Top-Down Effects of a Native Crab on a System of Native and Introduced Prey. PlosOne 7: 1-6. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0051322

*Thomas, A.C., M.M. Lance, S.J. Jeffries, B.G. Miner, A. Acevedo-Gutiérrez. 2011. Harbor seal foraging response to a seasonal resource pulse, spawning pacific herring.  Marine Ecology Progress Series. 441: 225–239

*Grason, E.W., B.G. Miner. 2011. Behavioral plasticity in an invaded system: non-native whelks recognize risk from native crabs.  Oecologia. 169: 105-115. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-011-2188-5

Miner, B.G. 2011. Mechanisms Underlying Feeding-structure Plasticity in Echinoderm Larvae. In: Mechanisms of Life History Evolution, Flatt, T. and Heyland, A. (eds). Oxford University Press.  pp. 221-229.

Miner, B.G., D.A. Donovan and **K.E. Andrews. 2010. Should I stay or should I go: predator- and conspecific-induced hatching in a marine snail.  Oecologia 63: 69-78.

Miner, B.G. 2007.  Induced morphological alterations of larval feeding structures by cues perceived during pre-feeding stages of echinoids: not all species respond to the same cues.  Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 343: 158-165.

Reitzel, A.M., and B.G. Miner. 2007.  Reduced planktotrophy in an echinoid larva: Why evolve nonfeeding larvae?  Marine Biology 151: 1525-1534.

McEdward, L.R., and B.G. Miner. 2007.  Echinoid larval ecology.  In: Edible Sea Urchins: Biology and Ecology (2nd edition), Lawrence J.M. (ed).  Elsevier, Amsterdam. pp. 71-93.

Harley, C.D.G., A.R. Hughes, K. Hultgren, B.G. Miner, L. Rodriguez, C.J.B. Sorte, C. Thornber, L. Tomanek, H. Weiskel, and S.L. Williams. 2006.  The impact of climate change on coastal marine systems.  Ecology Letters 9: 228-241.

McCoy, M.W., B.M. Bolker, C.W. Osenberg, B.G.Miner, and J.R. Vonesh. 2006.  Size correction: comparing morphological traits among populations and environments.  Oecologia 148: 547-554.

McEdward, L.R., and B.G. Miner. 2006.  Calculation, estimation, and interpretation of egg provisioning in marine invertebrate life cycles.  Integrative and Comparative Biology 46: 224-232.

Padilla, D.K., and B.G. Miner. 2006.  Legacies in marine invertebrate life histories: a tribute to Larry McEdward.  Integrative and Comparative Biology 46: 217-223.

Miner, B.G., S.E. Sultan, S.G. Morgan, D.K. Padilla, and R.A. Relyea. 2005.  The ecological consequences of phenotypic plasticity.  Trends in Ecology and Evolution 20: 685-692.

Miner, B.G., L.A. McEdward, and L.R. McEdward. 2005.  The relationship between egg size and the duration of the facultative feeding period in marine invertebrate larvae.  Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 321: 135-144.

Miner, B.G. 2005.  Evolution of feeding structure plasticity in marine invertebrate larvae: a possible trade-off between arm length and stomach size.  Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 315: 117-125.

Miner, B.G., and J.R. Vonesh. 2004.  Effects of fine-grain environmental variability on morphological plasticity.  Ecology Letters 7: 794-801.

Quader, S., K. Isvaran, B.E. Hale, B.G. Miner, and N.E. Seavy. 2004.  Nonlinear relationships and phylogenetic independent contrasts.  Journal of Evolutionary Biology 17: 709-715.

Reitzel, A.M., B.G. Miner, and L.R. McEdward. 2004.  Relationships between Spawning Date and Larval Development Time for Benthic Marine Invertebrates: A Modeling Approach.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 280: 13-23.

Wray, GA, C. Kitazawa, and B.G. Miner. 2003.  Culturing echinoderm larvae through metamorphosis.  In: Development of Sea Urchins, Ascidians, and Other Invertebrate Deuterostomes: Experimental Approaches (Methods in Cell Biology, Volume 74), C.A. Ettensohn, G.M. Wessel, and G.A. Wray (eds).  Academic Press, San Diego.

McEdward, L.R., and B.G. Miner. 2003.  Fecundity-time models of reproductive strategies in marine benthic invertebrates: fitness differences under fluctuating environmental conditions.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 256: 111-121.

Miner, B.G., J.C. Cowart, and L.R. McEdward. 2002.  Egg energetics for the facultative planktotroph Clypeaster rosaceus (Echinodermata: Echinoidea), revisited.  Biological Bulletin 202: 97-99.

Miner, B.G. 2002.  Are the two physiological races of Pollicipes polymerus (Cirripedea) genetically divided along the California coast?  Invertebrate Biology 12: 158-162.

Blanchette, C.A., B.G. Miner, and S.D. Gaines. 2002.  Geographic variability in form, size and survival of Egregia menziesii around Point Conception, California.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 239: 69-82.

McEdward, L.R., and B.G. Miner. 2001.  Larval and life cycle patterns in echinoderms.  Canadian Journal Zoology 79: 1125-1170.

McEdward, L.R., and B.G. Miner. 2001.  Larval ecology of echinoids.  In: Biology and ecology of edible sea urchins, Lawrence J.M. (ed).  Elsevier, Amsterdam.  pp. 59-78.

Hodin, J., J.R. Hoffman, B.G. Miner, and B.J. Davidson. 2001.  Thyroxine and the evolution of lecithotrophic development in echinoids.  In: Echinoderms 2000, M. Barker (ed).  Swets and Zeitlinger, Lisse.  pp. 447-452.

Miner, B.G., S.G. Morgan, and J.R. Hoffman. 2000.  Postlarval chromatophores as an adaptation to ultraviolet radiation.  Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 249: 235-248.

Miner, B.G., E. Sanford, R.R. Strathmann, B. Pernet, and R.B. Emlet. 1999.  Functional and evolutionary implications of opposed bands, big mouths, and extensive oral ciliation in larval opheliids and echiurids (Annelida).  Biological Bulletin 197: 14-25.

 

Invited Seminars:

2014

University of Oregon, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology

2010

Western Washington University

2010

Eastern Washington University

2008

Bamfield Marine Station

2006

University of Washington

2005

Sonoma State University of California

2004

University of California Davis, Bodega Marine Laboratory

2002

University of Washington, Friday Harbor Laboratories

2000

University of Washington, Friday Harbor Laboratories

2000

University of Oregon, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology

 

Services:

To Western Washington University

Biology Department

Graduate Admissions & Program Committee (Chair), 2013-present

Assessment committee, 2014-present

Biology 204 Laboratory oversight committee, 2009-present

Scientific technician search committee, 2015

200-series revision committees, 2014-2015

Graduate admissions & program committee, 2006-2013

Quantitative marine biologist search committee, 2012

Space & major departmental equipment committee, 2011-12

Mentor of outstanding senior, 2009

Information technologies committee, 2006-09

Mentor of outstanding senior, 2008

Instructor/marine scientist search committee, 2008

Office assistant search committee, 2008

ICST search committee, 2007

College and University

Scientific Diving Control Board, 2009-present

CCore participant, 2014-present

Marine & and estuary science program (Co-chair), 2013-present

Academy of Life-long Learning Instructor, 2015

Shannon Point Marine Center Director search committee, 2013

Marine scientist search committee, 2012

Wizards and Western presenter, 2011

CST dean search committee, 2011

Co-organizer of the Faculty-GUR series, 2009-12

Core faculty of the Faculty-GUR series, 2009-10 

Participated in commencement, 2007-11 & 13

Officer of election committee, United Faculty of Western Washington, 2008-11

Research education for undergraduates (REU) mentor, 2007-08, 2011

CST/Sigma Xi annual student poster session judge, 2007-08

Faculty fellow, Center for Service Learning, 2006-07

Blackboard Advisory Board, Academic Technology & User Services, 2006-07

 

to the Fields of ecology and evolution

Journals Reviewed For

 

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA

Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

Trends in Ecology and Evolution

Evolution

American Naturalist

Ecology Letters

Ecology

Evolution and Development

Functional Ecology

Oikos

Oecologia

Marine Ecology Progress Series

Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology

Biological Bulletin

Marine Biology

Invertebrate Biology

Integrative and Comparative Biology

Journal of Shellfish Research

Australian Journal of Botany

Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology

 

 

Publishers Reviewed For

Elsevier

Springer

Funding Agencies Reviewed For

National Science Foundation

Sea Grant, New York

Sea Grant, California

Miscellaneous Services

Student Awards Committee Chair:  Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Division of Invertebrate Zoology, 2007-10

Officer or Chair of Nominating Committee:  Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Division of Invertebrate Zoology, 2007-10

Symposium organizer: Complex Life-histories in Marine Benthic Invertebrates: A Symposium in Memory of Larry McEdward. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Diego 2005

Symposium organizer: Ecological Implications of Phenotypic Plasticity. Ecological Society of America, Portland OR 2004

Symposium Organizer: The importance of larval development time in marine invertebrate larvae, Larval Meetings, Santa Cruz California 2000

Contributed Session Co-organizer: Ecological Implications of Phenotypic Plasticity. Ecological Society of America, Portland OR 2004

Student Judging Organizer: Western Society of Naturalists, Santa Rosa CA 2004

Graduate Student/Postdoc Representative: Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Representative for the Division of Invertebrate Zoology 2002-2005

Student Award Judge: Ecological Society of America 2004, Western Society of Naturalist 2004, Society for Comparative and Integrative Biology 2005

Session Chair: Western Society of Naturalists 2014, Salish Sea Conference 2014, Ecological Society of America 2004, Western Society of Naturalists 2004, Larval Meetings 2000

Membership in Professional Organizations:
Ecological Society of America
Society for the Study of Evolution
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
American Microscopical Society
Western Society of Naturalists

 

Mentoring:

Western Washington

High School Students (1)

Undergraduate Students (21)

M.S. Students (9)

Katherine Brown

Avram Feld

Emily Grason

Samantha Hamlin

Geoff Mayhew (current student)

Chris Morgan

Caitlin O’Brien

Tyler Spiller

Zoe Zliz (current student)

Additional M.S. Committees (17)

University of California, Davis

Undergraduate students (6)

Post-baccalaureate (4)

University of Florida

High School (2)

Undergraduate Students (2)

 

Programming Languages:

 

ASP.Net

Html

LaTex

Mathematica

R

Visual Basic

Swift

 

 

Presentations:

** Indicates undergraduate student co-author.

*Indicates graduate student co-author.

Oral Contributions

**Miner, B.G., Miner, C.M., Beck, R., Kohl, W, Hewson, I., Raimondi P.T.  Laboratory and field studies on sea star wasting disease, Playa del Carmen, MX 2015

**Miner, B.G., Beck, R., Kohl, W. Infectiousness of sea star wasting disease.  Western Society of Naturalists, Tacoma 2014. 

**Beck, R.I., B.G. Miner. “Transmission of Sea Star Wasting Disease.”
NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Seattle 2014. Invited presentation for MIMSUP program.

Miner, B.G., C.M. Miner, I. Hewson, C.D. Harvell, & P. Raimondi. “Wasting syndrome in sea stars along the west coast of North America.”
Salish Sea Conference, Seattle 2014

Hewson, I., C. Burge,  C.D. Harvell, M. Haulena, L.L. Lahner, B.G. Miner, C.M. Miner, M. Murray,  A. Newton, P. Raimondi, & J. Wynne. “Microbial ecology of Pacific Asteroidea affected by wasting disease.”
Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Portland 2014

Haulena, M., L.L. Lahner, M. Murray, J.K. Gaydos, M. Garner, K. Britt, C.D. Harvell, J. Marliave, B.G. Miner, & A. Newton. “Multidisciplinary investigation of a widespread Pacific sea star wasting syndrome—Part I: epidemiology, clinical signs and histopathology.”
International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine, Gold Coast, Australia 2014

Hewson, I., B.G. Miner, C.M. Miner, M. Haulena, L. Lahner, J. Wynne, & C. Burge. “Microbial ecology of Pacific sea star wasting disease.”
International Symposium for Microbial Ecology, Seoul, Korea 2014

Newton, A.L., I. Hewson, C.D. Harvell, C. Burge, M. Garner, E. LaDouceur, S. Knowles, S. Frasca Jr, R. Smolowitz, T.M. Work, B.G. Miner, C.M. Miner, P. Raimondi, L.L. Lahner, M. Haulena, M. Murray, J.K. Gaydos, & J. Wynne. “The Pacific coast sea star mortality event: current status of the ongoing investigation.”
Wildlife Disease Association, Albuquerque 2014

*Morgan, C.B., B.G. Miner, & D.A. Donovan. “Do parents know best? Reproductive plasticity in an intertidal gastropod.”
Western Society of Naturalists, Vancouver, Washington 2011.

*Thomas, A., Lance, M. M., Jeffries, S. J. Miner, B. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. “Harbor seal foraging response to seasonal resource pulse, spawning Pacific herring.”
Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia 2011. Best student paper.

*Miner, B.G., C. Morgan and D.A. Donovan. “Predator- and conspecific-induced hatching in a marine snail.”
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Salt Lake City, Utah 2011. Invited symposium speaker.

*Thomas, A., Lance, M. M., Jeffries, S. J. Miner, B. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. “Harbor seal foraging response to seasonal resource pulse, spawning Pacific herring.”
19th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, Tampa 2010.

*Thomas, A., Lance, M. M., Jeffries, S. J. Miner, B. & Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A. “Harbor seal foraging response to seasonal resource pulse, spawning Pacific herring.”
Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference, Vancouver, Canada 2010.

*Grason, E.W., B.G. Miner. “Inducible defenses in an invaded marine food chain: Why cue specificity matters”.
Canadian Society of Zoologists Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC 2010. Invited symposium speaker.

*Grason, E.W., B.G. Miner.  “Non-Consumptive effects in a marine food chain with invasive and native species.”
Western Society of Naturalists, Monterey, California 2009.

*Grason, E.W., B.G. Miner.  “Non-Consumptive effects in a marine food chain with invasive and native species.”
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual, Seattle, Washington 2010. Best student paper.

**Miner, B.G., E. Muller, S. Porter, and S.G. Morgan. “Factors that influence the strength of indirect interactions mediated by phenotypic plasticity.”
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Boston, Massachusetts 2009.

**Miner, B.G., D.A. Donovan, and T.C. Goulding. “Life-history plasticity in embryos of Nucella lamellose.” Western Society of Naturalists, Ventura, California 2007.

Miner, B.G. “A tribute to Larry McEdward and an introduction to the symposium”.
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Diego, California 2005.

Miner, B.G. “Directly testing whether plasticity is adaptive is not so easy: an indirect test using phylogenies.”
Western Society of Naturalists, Santa Rosa, California 2004.

Morgan, S.G., B.G. Miner, J. Anastasia, T. Dillon, M. Hardy, and E.S. Chang. “Larval chromatophores as an adaptation to the countervailing selective pressures of ultraviolet radiation and predation during migrations between adult and larval habitats across species’ ranges.”
Western Society of Naturalists, Santa Rosa, California 2004.

Miner, B.G. “Effects of environmental variation on the evolution of phenotypic plasticity.”
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, New Orleans, Louisiana 2004.

Miner, B.G. “How to test whether phenotypic plasticity is adaptive.”
Ecological Society of America, Savannah, Georgia 2003

McCoy, M.W., C.W. Osenberg, B. Bolker, B.G. Miner, & J.R. Vonesh. “Quantifying phenotypic plasticity in ecological experiments.”
Ecological Society of America, Savannah, Georgia 2003

McCoy, M.W., C.W. Osenberg, B. Bolker, B.G. Miner, & J.R. Vonesh. “Quantifying morphological plasticity in tadpoles.”
American Society of Ichthyology and Herpetology,
Manaus, Brazil 2003

Miner, B.G. “How to test if plasticity is adaptive.”
Study for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 2003

Miner, B.G. “Implications of environmental variability for phenotypic plasticity.”
Study for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Anaheim California 2002

Miner, B.G., & J.R. Vonesh. “Phenotypic plasticity in a variable environment.”
Western Society of Naturalists, Ventura, California 2001

Gunnels, B., R.E. Hale, B.G. Miner, & C. St. Mary, “Effects of genetic drift on runaway sexual selection: applying predictions of the runaway hypothesis to natural systems.”
Animal Behavior Meetings, Eugene, Oregon 2001

Miner, B.G., & J.R. Vonesh. “Phenotypic plasticity in a variable environment.”
Graduate Research Symposium, Department of Zoology, University of Florida 2001

Miner, B.G., & J.R. Vonesh. “Inducible morphologies in a variable food environment.” Ecological Society of America, Madison, Wisconsin 2001

Miner B.G. “An overview of Larry’s facultative feeding grant.”
L.R. McEdward Memorial Symposium, Gainesville, Florida 2001

Miner, B.G., L.A. McEdward, & L.R. McEdward. “Is the duration for the facultative feeding period correlated with egg size?”
L.R. McEdward Memorial Symposium, Gainesville, Florida 2001

Reitzel, A.M., & B.G. Miner. “What do spawning times for marine invertebrates tell us about the importance of development time in life history models?”
Larval Meetings, Santa Cruz, California 2000

Miner, B.G. “Inducible offenses in plutei: Implications for the evolution of phenotypic plasticity.”
Graduate Research Symposium, Department of Zoology, University of Florida 2000

Hale, B.E., B.G. Miner, B. Gunnels, & C. St. Mary, “Sensitivities to runaway selection: applying predictions of runaway selection to natural systems.”
Florida Ecology and Evolution Symposium, Archbold Biological Station 2000

Miner, B.G., “When and how do echinoid larvae respond to food concentrations: Implications for the evolution of phenotypic plasticity.”
International Echinoderm Conference, Dunedin New, Zealand 2000

Miner, B.G., “A possible mechanism for phenotypic plasticity in echinoid larvae.”
Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, Atlanta, Georgia 2000

Miner, B.G., “How do echinoid larvae detect their food environment: Implications for the evolution of phenotypic plasticity.”
Western Society of Naturalists, Monterey, California 1999

Miner, B.G., C.A. Blanchette, & S.D. Gaines, “Variation in brown kelp productivity: Are feather boas more petite south of Point Conception?”
Graduate Student Forum, University of Florida 1998

Miner, B.G., C.A. Blanchette, & S.D. Gaines, “Variation in algal productivity: Are feather boas more petite south of Point Conception?”
Western Society of Naturalists, Monterey, California 1997

Miner, B.G, “Restricted distribution of the gooseneck barnacle, Pollicipes polymerus, along the California coast.”
Western Society of Naturalists, La Paz, Mexico 1997

Miner, B.G., & R. Mooi, “A taxonomic revision of the fossil taxa in the sandollar family Dendrasteridae.”
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California 1996

 

Posters

**Beck, R.I. & B.G. Miner. “Sea Star Wasting Syndrome; Pathogenic or Environmental Agents of Mass Mortality.”
Pacific Estuarine Research Society, Newport 2014

Harvell, C.D., C. Burge, M. Eisenlord, L. James, M. Haulena, L.L. Lahner, B.G. Miner, C.M. Miner, A. Newton, P. Raimondi, J. Gaydos, & I. Hewson. “Updates on an ongoing Pacific coast-wide sea star epizootic”.
Ocean Sciences Meeting, Honolulu 2014

*Hamlin, S. & B.G. Miner. “Are there synergistic effects between predation and thermal stress in Aiptasia?”
Ocean Sciences, Portland, Oregon 2010.

**Portis, L.M. & B.G. Miner. “The effect of sea star predators on the retractability of the whelk Nucella lamellosa.”
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Boston Massachusetts 2009.

**Goulding, T.C., B.G. Miner, & D.A. Donovan. “Phenotypic changes in the dogwinkle Nucella lamellosa in response to chemical cues of crab and sea star predators.”
Western Society of Naturalists, Ventura, California 2007.

Cowart, J.C., & B.G. Miner, “A re-evaluation of egg energetics for the facultative planktotroph Clypeaster rosaceus (Echinodermata: Echinoidea).”
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Anaheim, California 2002

Miner, B.G., & L.R. McEdward. “Diversity and evolution of larval patterns in holothuroid echinoderms.”
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Chicago, Illinois 2001

McEdward, L.R., & B.G. Miner. “Diversity and evolution of larval patterns in ophiuroid echinoderms.”
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Chicago, Illinois 2001

Reitzel, A.M, & B.G. Miner. “Spawning times and the importance of development time in life history models of marine invertebrates.”
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Chicago, Illinois 2001

Hodin, J., J. Hoffman, B. Davidson, & B.G. Miner. “Thyroxine and the evolution of lecithotrophic development in echinoids.”
International Echinoderm Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand 2000

Research Interests

Students in my laboratory focus on how organisms alter their morphology and behavior in response to different environmental conditions, typically biotic conditions. Within the last thirty years research has demonstrated that these responses, referred to as phenotypic plasticity, are very common in nature. The question now is how these responses affect evolutionary and ecological processes. This is the overarching question that drives research in my laboratory.

Educational & Professional Experience

Ph.D.

Department of Zoology, University of Florida (1998-2003)

 

Co-advisors: Larry McEdward, Colette St. Mary & Craig Osenberg

 

Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington (1996, 1998-99)

B.A.

Marine Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz (1993-1996)

 

Advisors: John Pearse and Grant Pogson

 

Irvine Valley College (1990-1992)

Recent Publications

Kohl, W.T, T.I. McClure, and B.G. Miner. 2016. Decreased Temperature Facilitates Short-Term Sea Star Wasting Disease Survival in the Keystone Intertidal Sea Star Pisaster ochraceus. Plos One.

Morgan, S.G, S.A. Gravem, A.C.  Lipus, M. Grabiel, and B.G. Miner. In press. Trait-mediated indirect effects by residents of rocky shore tidepools.  Marine Ecology Progress Series

Hewson, I., J.B. Button, B.M. Gudenkauf, B.G.Miner, A.L. Newton, J.K. Gaydos, J.Wynne, C.L. Groves, G. Hendler, M. Murray, S. Fradkin, M. Breitbart, E. Fahsbender, K. D. Lafferty, A.M. Kilpatrick, C.M. Miner, P. Raimondi, L. Lahner, C.S. Friedman, S. Daniels, M. Haulena, J. Marliave, C.A. Burge, *M.E. Eisenlord, C.D. Harvell. 2014. Densovirus associated with sea-star wasting disease and mass mortality. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111:17278-17283. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1416625111

Miner, B.G., D.A. Donovan, L.M. Portis, T.C. Goulding. 2013. Whelks induce an effective defense against sea stars. Marine Ecology Progress Series 493: 195-206. DOI: 10.3354/meps10501

Grason, E.W., B.G. Miner. 2013. Preference Alters Consumptive Effects of Predators: Top-Down Effects of a Native Crab on a System of Native and Introduced Prey. PlosOne 7: 1-6. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0051322

Thomas, A.C., M.M. Lance, S.J. Jeffries, B.G. Miner, A. Acevedo-Gutiérrez. 2011. Harbor seal foraging response to a seasonal resource pulse, spawning pacific herring.  Marine Ecology Progress Series. 441: 225–239

Grason, E.W., B.G. Miner. 2011. Behavioral plasticity in an invaded system: non-native whelks recognize risk from native crabs.  Oecologia. 169: 105-115. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-011-2188-5

Miner, B.G. 2011. Mechanisms Underlying Feeding-structure Plasticity in Echinoderm Larvae. In: Mechanisms of Life History Evolution, Flatt, T. and Heyland, A. (eds). Oxford University Press.  pp. 221-229.

Miner, B.G., D.A. Donovan and K.E. Andrews. 2010. Should I stay or should I go: predator- and conspecific-induced hatching in a marine snail.  Oecologia 63: 69-78.