Dr Susan Miller

Junior Research Fellow

DTech (TUT)

John Day Building: 2.04.1

Susan is broadly interested in the application of science to conservation issues with a special interest in genetics. Hailing from Canada, she has a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Guelph and an MSc from Laurentian University in Sudbury. In her MSc she investigated the health effects of radiation on caribou cells. Following five years working for the Canadian government as a radiation biologist, Susan moved to South Africa to pursue a career in conservation. Several years on game reserves, and a year in the Amazon rainforest, were followed by a doctorate in Nature Conservation at Tshwane University of Technology where she investigated the conservation challenges of managing lions on small reserves. She completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at the University of Pretoria where she studied the genetics of colour variants in the game industry before joining the FitzPatrick Institute as a postdoctoral fellow in 2017.

Susan is now a Junior Research Fellow within Prof Claire Spottiswoode’s Human-Honeyguide Mutualism project (June 2023 to current) where she is involved with research into the impact of honeyhunting on honeybee populations using genetic approaches. She also assists with administration activities associated with the ERC grant. She continues to pursue other conservation related research with ongoing projects on Lesser Sheathbill genetics, avian malaria in Cape Sugarbirds, Australian dingo population genetics and lion metapopulation management.

Recent peer-reviewed publications

For a full list of Susan’s publications, go to Google Scholar

Miller, S.M., Kotze, A., Harper, C.K., Bishop, J.M., Williams, V.L., Rossouw, C., Schoeman, J., de Bruyn, M., Dalton, D.L. and Selier, S.J. 2023. Genetic diversity and origin of captive lion (Panthera leo) in South Africa: an assessment and comparison to wild populations. Conservation Genetics.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10592-023-01530-5

Bertola, L.D., Miller, S.M., Williams, V.L., … Lindsey, P.A. 2022. Genetic guidelines for translocations: maintaining intra-specific diversity in the lion (Panthera leo). Evolutionary Applications. 15(1): 22-39.

Miller, S.M., Barnes, K.N., Bloomer, P., Ryan, P.G.R. 2021. Phylogeography and morphometric variation of the Spike-heeled Lark Chersomanes albofasciata complex. Ostrich. 92(2): 94-104.

Miller, S.M., Moeller, C.H., Harper, C.K., Bloomer, P. 2020. Anthropogenetic movement results in hybridisation in impala in southern Africa. Conservation Genetics. 21(4): 653-663.

Miller, S.M., Druce, D.J., Dalton, D.L., Harper, C.K., Kotze, A., Packer, C., Slotow, R., Bloomer, P. 2020. Genetic rescue of an isolated African lion population. Conservation Genetics. 21(1): 41-53