James F. Miller, PhD

Title: Geologist, Educator

Location: Springfield, Missouri, United States

James Miller, Geologist and Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in international geology.

Dr. Miller’s passion for geology developed while matriculating in college. After taking a general geology course to fulfill a college requirement, he felt a calling to the field and decided to pursue it academically. One of the biggest drawing factors for Dr. Miller was exploring the historical aspect of the field and understanding the Earth’s history and fossil records. Despite retirement, Dr. Miller continues to be active in international geological topics and in conducting research. He earned a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Augustana College in 1965 and continued his education at the University of Wisconsin, receiving a Master of Arts in 1968 and a PhD in 1971.

Prior to retirement and being honored as a professor emeritus in 2008, Dr. Miller taught as a Distinguished Scholar at Southwest Missouri State University. He joined the faculty originally in 1974 as an assistant professor of geology. Earlier in his career, Dr. Miller taught as an assistant professor of geology at the University of Pittsburgh, Lawrence University and the University of Utah. Furthermore, he has provided his expertise in various career-related positions, including as a voting member of the International Working Group on the Cambrian-Ordovician Boundary and the International Working Group on Cambrian Stage. He has also authored public field trip guidebook and abstracts while contributing to numerous articles and professional journals.

On a research level, Dr. Miller’s has explored invertebrate paleontology, micropaleontology, biostratigraphy, chemostratigraphy, lithostratigraphy, chronostratigraphy, redefinition and correlation of the Cambrian-Ordovician Boundary, Upper Cambrian-Lower Ordovician conodonts and redefinition and correlation of uppermost stage of Cambrian System. He has three species of fossils; chiton and trilobites, named after him and one genus of fossil conodont named after him. His work has also been recognized with grants from the National Science Foundation and the Southwest Missouri State University Foundation. He received the Gilbert Harris Award from the Paleontological Research Association and is the co-recipient of the Charles J. Mankin Memorial Award from the Association of American State Geologists. Dr. Miller maintained professional affiliation with the Paleontological Society, Sigma Gamma Epsilon and is a fellow of the Geological Society of America.

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