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Christine W Miller's Profile

Homepage: http://www.millerlab.net

Research Interests: I work on the evolution of behavior and morphology. Much of my research examines sexual selection and
phenotypic plasticity in the family Coreidae, the leaf-footed bugs. I use a diverse set of research tools including behavior studies, evolutionary biology, and quantitative genetics to explore my research questions from a variety of angles.

Christine W Miller's Projects

Biological - Social learning in cactus bugs
Principal Investigator: Christine W Miller

Positions are open for Summer 2012, please apply.

Animals live in an uncertain world. To reduce uncertainty and to make good decisions, animals commonly look to, and learn from, the decisions of their neighbors. We are discovering that even non-social insects are able to learn from each other, both members of the same species, and of other species. Joining this project would involve working closely with a dynamic team of students and advanced researchers both in the laboratory and in natural areas.

Requirements: We have fun while we are working hard. Commitment and self-motivation are a must. We work as a team, so the successful applicant will be excited, helpful, and innovative. No specific coursework is needed. This position is intended for students wishing to experience the complete scientific process, from design, to analyses and presentation. Visit www.millerlab.net for more information. To apply, send Dr. Christine W. Miller, cwmiller@ufl.edu, a formal email with your resume, cover letter, and an unofficial transcript.

Time Commitment: 10 hrs/week fall&spring. Up to 30 hrs/wk summer.

Independent Study: Available
Work Study: Available
Salary: Not Available
Volunteer: Available
Biological - Environmental affects on sexual selection
Principal Investigator: Christine W Miller


Our laboratory investigates the influence of natural environmental variation and genetics on the processes of sexual selection. We are discovering that both attractiveness and mate preferences can be very context-specific. We study these broad issues using the leaf-footed bugs, excellent species for both field and laboratory study.

Requirements: Students must be hard working, dedicated, self-motivated, and ready for a challenge. In exchange, students in the lab experience the research process from design all the way through to analysis and presentation. We have fun while we work hard. No specific courses are required. Visit www.millerlab.net To apply, email Dr. Christine W. Miller a resume, cover letter, and unofficial transcript.

Time Commitment: 10 hrs/week fall&spring. Up to 30 hrs/week summer

Independent Study: Available
Work Study: Available
Salary: Not Available
Volunteer: Available
Biological - Insect community genetics
Principal Investigator: Christine W Miller


We are starting a project on community genetics to examine whether plant genetics can predict the arthropod communities associated with the plants. The successful applicant will help on a variety of projects in the lab, but will eventually focus primarily on insect identification and field collections.

Requirements: The successful applicant will need to plan to take Principles of Entomology (in-class lecture course) and Insect Classification before Summer 2012. Enthusiasm and hard work are required. Students should be excited to join a dynamic team of researchers and learn the scientific process from design through to analysis and presentation.

Time Commitment: 10 hrs/week Fall and Spring, 30 hrs/week Summer

Independent Study: Available
Work Study: Available
Salary: Not Available
Volunteer: Available