Dr. Jerry R. Miller

Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources
Distinguished Professor, Whitmire Professor of Environmental Science

Jerry R. Miller

Phone: 828-227-2269
Email: jmiller@wcu.edu
Office Address: Stillwell 302
Website: http://paws.wcu.edu/jmiller/

Areas of Interest:

  • Assessment of the environmental impacts of metal mining on the environment
  • The transport and fate of heavy metals and other contaminants in rivers and lakes
  • Sediment geochemical fingerprinting using multivariate and isotopic methods
  • Documentation of the impacts of natural and anthropogenic disturbances on sediment yields and river processes
  • Restoration of river and riparian ecosystems
  • Monitoring of water quality using continuous monitoring equipment


  • GEOL 302: "Geomorphology"
  • GEOL 410/510: "Fluvial Geomorphology"
  • GEOL 423/523: "Contaminated Rivers"


  • Ph.D. Geology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 1990
  • M.S. Geology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, 1985
  • B.S. Geology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 1982

Recent Publications & Presentations:

Books & Edited Volumes

Chambers, J. C. and Miller, J.R. (editors), 2004. Great Basin Riparian Ecosystems: Ecology, Management, and Restoration. Island Press.

Ritter, D.F., Kochel, C.R., and Miller, J.R., 2006, Process Geomorphology. 4th Edition, Waveland Press.

Miller, J.R. and Orbock Miller, S.M., 2007. Contaminated Rivers: A Geomorphological-Geochemical Approach to Site Assessment and Remediation. Springer Publishers.

Refereed Papers

Miller, J.R. and Villarroel, L.F. in press, Case Studies, Bolivia: Mining, River Contamination and Human Health. In: Encyclopedia of Environmental Health, J. Nriagu, ed., Elsevier, Amsterdam.

Villarroel, L.E., Miller, J.R., Lechler, P.J., Germanoski, D., and Puch, E., 2007. Contaminacion por metales pesados del sistema de drenaje Rio Chilco-Rio Tupiza, Sur de Bolivia. Ecologia en Bolivia 42(1):48-71.

Miller, J.R., Lechler, P.J., Mackin, G., Germanoski, D., and Villarroel, L.F., 2007. Evaluation of particle dispersal from mining and milling operations using lead isotopic fingerprinting techniques, Rio Pilcomayo Basin, Bolivia. Science of the Total Environment 384:355-373.

Macklin, M.G., Brewer, P.A., Hudson-Edwards, K.A., Bird, G., Coulthard, T.J., Dennis, I.A., Lechler, P.J., Miller, J.R., and Turner, J.N., 2006. A geomorphological-geochemical approach to river basin management in mining-affected rivers, pp. 423-447. In: Allen, J. and Marcus, W.A., eds. The Human Role in Changing Fluvial Systems. Proceedings of the 37th Binghamton Symposium in Geomorphology, Elsevier, Amsterdam.

Villarroel, L.F., Miller, J.R., Lechler, P.J., and Germanoski, D., 2006. Lead, Zinc, and Antimony Contamination of the Rio Chilco-Rio Tupiza drainage system, southern Bolivia. Environmental Geology 51:283-299.

Miller, J., Lord, M., Yurkovich, S., Mackin, G., and Kolenbrander, L., 2005. Historical trends in sedimentation rates and sediment provenance, Fairfield Lake, western North Carolina. Journal of American Water Resources Association, 41:1053-1075.

Miller, J.R., Anderson, J.B., Lechler, P.J., Kondrad, S.L., Galbreath, P.F., and Salter, E.B., 2005. Influence of temporal variations in water chemistry on the Pb isotopic composition of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Science of the Total Environment 350:204-224.

Miller, J.R., Hudson-Edwards, K.A., Lechler., P.J., Preston, D., and Macklin, M.G., 2004. Heavy metal contamination of water, soil, and produce within riverine communities of the Rio Pilcomayo basin, Bolivia.  Science of the Total Environment 320: 189-209.


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