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Jeremy Miller

Research Associate 207-646-1555 ext 122 View more people

Bio

Jeremy's main focus is to coordinate the System Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP) here at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. SWMP focuses on long term monitoring of water quality, nutrient, and weather data within our two estuaries here in Wells. He also oversees the Ichthyoplankton (larval fish) monitoring project which looks at the distribution and diversity of larval fishes in our estuary. Jeremy also manages the research lab and assists with a number of projects and outreach efforts of the Wells Reserve.

Jeremy moved to Maine in 1999 to attend college at the University of New England in Biddeford where he received his bachelors degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Marine Biology. He started at the Wells Reserve as an intern in the summer of 2003 working with the Research Dept. on a number of projects ranging from the effects of trawling on benthic habitats, to energy transfer in salt marsh food webs. He came on board full time in 2004. Jeremy lives in Buxton, ME with his wife Sarah, son Lucas, and daughter Camille.

What is your choice of mascot for Wells Reserve and why?

My choice of mascot for the Wells Reserve would have to be the common salt marsh minnow, better know as a mummichog or Fundulus Heteroclitus. They are certainly abundant in our system and lend themselves to easy capture and study...plus the kids love them!

What is your favorite place at Wells Reserve?

My favorite place on the Wells Reserve would have to be out in the field on the Little River Marsh. Most of our visitors only get to see this expanse of undisturbed meadow marsh and it's meandering creeks from overlooks and trails. This is due to the fragile nature of the Marsh surface and it's susceptibility to trampling. My monitoring often brings me out to this secluded and most peaceful setting and its there, where I remember why I decided to pursue my carrer and what it is we are trying to protect.

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