Lisa Miller

Current research and/or projects

My primary interest is in the importance of marine biogeochemical cycling of inorganics to global change and planetary evolution. Currently, my work is focussed on marine carbon cycling and transport in Arctic waters and their importance in the global carbon cycle and the influence of sea ice and organic microlayers on air-sea exchange. Past projects have also included: marine particle cycling, using 234Th:238U disequilibria; long-range carbon transport with ocean circulation; chemical environmental effects of deep ocean industrial carbon dioxide sequestration; and analytical technique development to determine the extent of transition metal complexation by organics in seawater.

Research and/or project statements

Education and awards

Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1994

B.S., Chemistry, Humboldt State University, 1988


Prix D’Excellence for Excellence in Science, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, 2015

Key publications

  1. E.L. Mungall, J.P.D. Abbatt, J.J.B. Wentzell, A.K.Y. Lee, J.L. Thomas, M. Blaise, M. Gosselin, L.A. Miller, T. Papakyriakou, M.D. Willis, and J. Liggio, 2017. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1620571114. Microlayer source of oxygenated volatile organic compounds in the summertime marine Arctic boundary layer.

  2. W.J. Burt, H. Thomas, L.A. Miller, M.A. Granskog, T.N. Papakyriakou, and L. Pengelly, 2016. Biogeosciences, 13: 4659-71, doi: 10.5194/bg-13-4659-2016. Inorganic carbon cycling and biogeochemical processes in an Arctic inland sea (Hudson Bay).

  3. L.A. Miller, F. Fripiat, B.G.T. Else, J.S. Bowman, K.A. Brown, R.E. Collins, M. Ewert, A. Fransson, M. Gosselin, D. Lannuzel, K.M. Meiners, C. Michel, J. Nishioka, D. Nomura, S. Papadimitriou, L.M. Russell, L.L. Sørensen, D.N. Thomas, J.-L. Tison, M.A. van Leeuwe, M. Vancoppenolle, E.W. Wolff, and J. Zhou, 2015. Elem. Sci. Anth. 3: 000038, doi: 10.12952/journal.elementa.000038. Methods for biogeochemical studies of sea ice: The state of the art, caveats, and recommendations.

Research facility

9860 West Saanich Road
Sidney, BC V8L 4B2